DETROIT (AP/WJBK) - Little Caesars Arena in Detroit will finally host its first playoff game - in what is probably the last chance the Pistons have to make their series against Milwaukee competitive.
"Let's make it hard on them," Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. "Let's make it a home atmosphere, because we need everything."
The Pistons are in their second season at their new arena, but even after moving downtown, they've had their share of small, dreary crowds - similar to the atmosphere during their final years at The Palace of Auburn Hills. But there's every reason to expect a more charged scene Saturday night. Little Caesars Arena has hosted the NCAA and Horizon League tournaments in basketball, but there have been no home playoff games yet for the Pistons - or for the Red Wings, who also play there.
"I hope we're building trust with our fans by getting the first step of getting into the playoffs, because we have some great, knowledgeable basketball fans here in Detroit," Casey said. "We've got to make sure we come out and represent them, but we need all them to come out the way they treated us in Milwaukee - like we stole something."
The Pistons were drubbed in the series opener 121-86. They played better in Game 2, even leading at halftime, but they still lost 120-99 to the top-seeded Bucks.