Tensions are high as both the Lakers and the Pistons aim to nab their first win of the season. Lakers will host the Detroit Pistons Sunday night and try to improve their 0-3 record. Pistons have also struggled and will enter the game at 0-2 for their start of the season.
The pressure is undoubtedly more on the Lakers to get a victory because of the high expectations the team has yet to meet. Acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash clearly has not automatically translated into victories as the team struggles with their offense. The Pistons have the opportunity to capitalize on the loss of Nash due to his injury, a small fracture in his left fibula.
It seems like it was not that long ago that these rivaling teams were conference champs, battling in the NBA finals. Things have certainly changed for both the Lakers and the Pistons since then. The Pistons have not been in the playoffs since the 2008-2009 season and the Lakers are at their worst start since 1978.
Obviously the season has barely started and both teams have a lot time to improve on their flaws. But with both the Lakers and the Pistons hoping to get their first win, Laker fans can hope to see a more aggressive team on Sunday night come out with victory.