Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy told reporters earlier today that while he did not participate in the team’s morning walk-through, he has not been ruled out for tonight’s game. Baynes, who is averaging 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 36 appearances, originally had to wear a walking boot after their victory Sunday.
If he does not play, Van Gundy said Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic are expected to fill Baynes’s 16 minutes per game off the bench.
Meanwhile, the Pacers are coming into the Motor City in slightly better shape.
Indiana is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, going 4-6 over their past 10 games. They are also on a two-game winning streak after beating the Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic at home.
They will also need to make every three-point shot they can. The Pacers allow 29.8 three-point shots per game, the second-most in the league. Their opponents have made 33 percent of their attempts against them. The Pistons average 7.6 made threes per game heading into tonight on 22.3 attempts.