Analyst 'worried' about surprise guest attending Grizzlies vs Pistons

Feb 10, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) gets defended by
Feb 10, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) gets defended by / Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night, the Memphis Grizzlies will be playing the role of guest at Little Caesars Arena as they square off in a cellar-dweller matchup against the Detroit Pistons.

Sitting at 2-18 on the season, the boys in Motor City sport the league's worst record on the year with Taylor Jenkins' club registering in just a few notches ahead of them at 5-14, the fourth-worst mark.

Despite this slight "edge" in the success department, coupled with the fact that the Pistons are amid an astonishingly bad 17-game losing streak, recently, Grizzlies analyst Bennett Doyle semi-jokingly stated on Grind City Media's The Gary Parish Show that he fears the presence of one surprise guest could lead to an upset loss, as it has been reported that several members of the Detroit Lions will be in attendance.

The fear here, per Doyle, is that head coach Dan Campbell could personally get Monty Williams' team fired up.

Dan Campbell's presence has Grizzlies analyst 'worried' about an upset

"I don't like that [the Lions are there]... Dan Campbell's in the building. Please don't let him go do a pregame locker room speech. Please! We can't have that...That's what I'm worried about."

Bennett Doyle on Dan Campbell

Along with currently being one of the NFL's best coaches, Campbell has made himself a household name throughout his tenure thanks to his impassioned approach to leadership, as he has delivered emotional and overall captivating speeches on a bevy of occasions.

With this, Doyle expressed that his fear is that the Lions' headman would issue a pump-up talk to the Pistons which, in turn, could aid in some sort of extra motivation to snap their lowly losing streak against the recently semi-surging Grizzlies (2-1 over their last three games).

Jokes aside, however, even with their lackluster start to 2023-24, Detroit is by no means a team that should be taken lightly in a face-off, for they have plenty of top-notch talents within their rotation such as budding star Cade Cunningham, standout rookie Ausar Thompson, and the recently returned Bojan Bogdanovic who, ironically, is a talent found often linked to Memphis as being a possible trade target.

All things considered, even with their better record, Wednesday's bout should not be seen as a shoo-in for the Grizz.