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NEW YORK -- Nearly two years ago, Stan Van Gundy stood in a crowded hallway at Barclays Center and lamented how the Detroit Pistons did not have chances to win the way they defended and vowed changes to the roster he was coaching. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 .At the time of Van Gundys impassioned plea for improved defense, the Pistons had dropped 23 of their first 28 games.Detroit split the final 54 games of 2014-15, won 44 games last season and is projected to be a middle seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Pistons wound up 14th in points allowed two seasons ago, improved to 12th last season and have allowed the second-fewest points per game so far.Detroits defense will look to remain effective Wednesday night when it visits the Brooklyn Nets.The Pistons began Van Gundys third season by allowing 109 points in an 18-point loss at Toronto last Wednesday. The Pistons followed it up by holding Orlando and Milwaukee to 82 and 83 points, respectively, in double-digit victories.On Tuesday, Detroit continued its positive defensive trends in a 102-89 win over the New York Knicks. After allowing 55 points in the first half, the Pistons allowed 10 in the fourth quarter and held the Knicks scoreless in the final 5:40.We just kept saying in the timeout that to win, were going to need to make a defensive stand, Van Gundy said. We were skating on thin ice for a long, long time. Theyd get it down to three and wed get a couple of hoops. Then the last (5:30), we were able to get it done.Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Marcus Morris added 22 points for Detroit, which is 3-1 for the second straight season.Its real satisfying, Harris said. Its something that when we came into the timeout, that was our emphasis. Lets go out there and get stops, lets get rebounds and lets see how many we can string together to come out with this victory.While the Pistons have been playing strong defense, the Nets have struggled defensively through most of their first four games. Although Brooklyn held Indiana to 15 points in the fourth quarter Friday, it is allowing 111 points per game, has given up seven 30-point quarters and allowed opponents to shoot 47 percent.The Nets lost their first two games at Boston and Milwaukee by a combined seven points and were never in Mondays 118-88 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Nets gave up 38 first-quarter points, trailed for the final 45-plus minutes, shot 34 percent and made 5 of 31 3-pointers.I just think we didnt have that normal pop or that explosiveness or the normal hunger that we normally have on the defensive end, actually just in general, Brooklyn guard Jeremy Lin said. We didnt have that normal spirit or that normal energy that we play with. Tonight everybody came out flat and you know, its time to get our bodies right and well be good and well be ready on Wednesday.An area where the Nets will have to be ready is rebounding and blocking out Detroit center Andre Drummond, who leads the league with 15.5 rebounds per game. Brooklyn has allowed 49.8 rebounds per game by opponents, which is the third-highest in the league.Were addressing it, Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. We understand its a weakness and an area weve got to get better.Another area where the Nets will have to be improved is backup point guard play. While Lin has averaged 16.3 points, his primary backups, Randy Foye (mild right hamstring strain) and Greivis Vasquez (sore right ankle), will not play Wednesday.Those injuries mean Isaiah Whitehead will likely see a decent amount of time again. The rookie had a difficult home debut by shooting 3 of 11 and committing five turnovers in 21 minutes.I think whoever we put in there, we expect them to do their job and play the way we want them to play, Atkinson said. So it could be a rookie, a second-year guy, a veteran and when a guy is out the next guy has to step up and play.The Pistons have won four of the last five meetings with the Nets since allowing 110 points and 52 percent shooting on Dec. 21, 2014. The only players remaining on their roster since then are Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Wholesale Authentic Jerseys . Datsyuk will miss Tuesdays game against New Jersey and could be sidelined longer, while Cleary will likely miss at least the next three games. Its been an injury-plagued season for Datsyuk, who has suited up for just 39 games. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale . -- Peyton Manning will have all of his wide receivers available for the first time in a month when the Denver Broncos begin their playoff run Jan. http://www.cheapjerseys.fun/ . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigans chances of having a special season improved when a trio of standouts chose to come back to college and put their dreams of playing in the NFL on hold.Cornerback Jourdan Lewis and tight end Jake Butt, second team All-Americans, and defensive tackle Chris Wormley all made the decision to help the Wolverines chase a desperately wanted Big Ten championship this season.The storied program has not won a conference title since 2004, its longest drought since failing to finish first in the Big Ten between 1950 and 1964.We could have opted out and made the money, Lewis said. But money wasnt important to us. It was our legacy.If they can help No. 7 Michigan start well in its opener at home against Hawaii and close strong enough to win the conference championship, it will go a long way toward making their careers memorable.The Wolverines moved a step toward respectability last year by winning 10 games in Jim Harbaughs first season as coach, but they lost to rivals Ohio State and Michigan State to stunt any sort of celebration.We just got a little taste of what its like, Butt said. I really wanted to come back and see what we could do this year because I really believe we can get something special done.The Wolverines open with five straight home games and have eight in all at the Big House. Tests, though, at Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa may prove to be pivotal.We have a pretty tough road schedule, but I really think we can get it done, Wormley said.Heres are some things to watch when Michigan hosts the Rainbows (0-1) on Saturday:WELL TRAVELEDHawaii started the season in Australia, losing to Cal by 20 points, and went back to campus before making another long trek to Michigan. By the Rainbows get home, they will have traveled about 20,000 miles and been in airplanes for about 40 hours for just two games. Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic. f they start looking for excuses, theyll find them, Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said. I hope they dont watch the news. We got to look at it as an opportunity and play a great team and a coach that is good for college football. Its the (Ferdinand) Magellan mindset. Were ready to explore the world. We got to embrace it.JUMPMANMichael Jordan will be Michigans honorary captain because the Wolverines are first college or pro football team to wear the Jordan Brand.Im going to need to get a haircut, said Butt, who will be one of the captains to be alongside the former NBA superstar for the pregame coin flip.JUST JOKINGRolovich told reporters earlier in the week that Michigan denied a request to share its scrimmage video because the Rainbows have already played a game for them to be scouted. Later, the first-year coach and former Rainbows quarterback apologized and insisted he wasnt being serious when he said that.SECRET SNAPHarbaugh refused to reveal who will start at quarterback, but he is expected to go with Wilton Speight ahead of Houston transfer John OKorn. Speight played in seven games last year and threw a game-winning TD at Minnesota after Jake Rudock was injured.NO WORRIESAt least one Hawaii player doesnt sound the least bit intimidated about facing Michigan at the Big House.Theyre not national champions, Rainbows receiver Dylan Collie said. Theyre just another football team. That just makes this more fun. Thats what you grow up thinking about. Thats what you live for. Thats why I play this game. I want to play in front of a lot of people. It will be a good time.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Camo China NFL Jerseys Black China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Gear Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet China Womens NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' '

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