AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- In a date the Detroit
Pistons undoubtedly had circled on the calendar, their former
coach Larry Brown and the New York Knicks come to town Friday.
Brown, who led Detroit to NBA Finals appearances the last two
seasons and to the 2004 title, brings a young squad struggling
to find its identity here Friday. Brown's departure from the
"Motor City" was not received well by Pistons owner Bill
Davidson, who had some choice words upon his move.
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 28 points and Stephon
Marbury had 18 and eight assists in New York's 109-101 comeback
win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Although they have won two of their last three games, the Knicks
have dropped seven of nine on the road. Rookie Channing Frye
has been a bright spot, averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds
this season, while Marbury is averaging more than 19 points in
his last six games.
Flip Saunders has made an immediate impact in his first season
with the Pistons. He has guided Detroit to the league's best
record and was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month
Detroit has held nine of 13 opponents under 90 points and is
averaging nearly 114 at home.