DALLAS -- One of the biggest challenges the Dallas Mavericks will encounter tonight against Detroit is dealing with the Pistons' talented frontline of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Smith averages 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds this season, Monroe is averaging 14.2 points and 8.7 rebounds, and Drummond averages 12.8 points and is third in the NBA in rebounds with 12.8 per game.
"They're one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the league and they're one of the top rebounding teams,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "So they're formidable just because of their ability to go get the ball, and those guys are very skilled.
"Smith is good on offense and defense, Monroe is a potent guy, he's a great passer, he can shoot, he can post. And Drummond is one of those way above the rim guys and he can block shots, and those guys are in there a lot, because they've been playing eight guys the last couple of games.''
The Pistons are tied for 10th in the NBA in rebounds with 44.6 per contest. They're also first in offensive reobunds at 14.3 per game.
"So we've got our hands full, because we're not the most physical team,'' Carlisle said. "So we've got to do it with persistence and togetherness.''
The Pistons-Mavs game tips off tonight at 6:30 at American Airlines Center.
-- Dwain Price
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