#Pistons fans haven’t seen a Knight of basketball like they did on Friday in quit some time. It was the Pistons youth core of Knight, Drummond and Monroe that helped power Detroit in their 91-90 win over the Raptors. With the Pistons down one, it was Brandon Knight’s dribble drive with 7 seconds on the clock that gave Detroit their third win on year.
- I’m back on the Tayshaun Prince bandwagon for right now. It’s not that I don’t think he’d fit better off the bench on a contender, but he’s doing his part this season to keep the Pistons in games. As important as Brandon Knight was down the stretch of this one, so was Prince who got the Pistons right back in the game when they handed the lead to the Raptors. Prince finished with 16 points, seven boards, and three assists in 38:19 minutes on the floor.
- Another solid game for Greg Monroe who led the Pistons with 19 points, 11 boards, a steal and a turnover in 38:24 minutes. He’s not only playing well, you can see him in every play and being a leader to this young team.
- Monroe has grabbed five or more rebounds in 104 consecutive games, the league’s longest current streak. Are you voting for him?
- I suggest you watch the highlights of this one just to see the last couple of plays unfold.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- Andrea Bargnani with 17 of the Raptors first 20 points, had one of the best games I’ve seen him play. He finished with a season high 34 on the night.
- I also didn’t know how good Toronto’s Kyle Lowry was.
- Very nice to see the Twin Towers on the court together for Detroit. You can see how productive that they can be. Drummond finished with 13 points and career highs of 13 rebounds in his first double-double of his career in 25 minutes on the floor. He had some nice highlights in this one, none better to me than when he hustled back on the defensive end to take a charge and as he lay on the floor he gave a nice fist pump when the call was made. He even was put back in the game with 16.1 seconds left in the game to help Detroit make a stop when the Pistons were down one.
Andre Drummond: “One of the knocks on me is that I don’t have a motor, that I don’t play hard every day.” “(Frank) just tells me every day, effort, that’s all you need to do. Give effort every single day, play hard and keep yourself going. So that’s what I do.”
Tayshaun Prince: “I saw a lot from him, the most important thing is when he made mistakes and he missed free throws, he just stayed the course, put his head down. Obviously it was tough for them to keep him off the offensive glass and he had key blocked shots and things like that, but I think his energy kept the crowd in the game. That’s what we need from him.”
- Detroit started the second half strong, going on an 11-0 run after Toronto scored on its first possession of the half and expanding their lead to 10.
- Brandon Knight comes out the hero in this one and rightly so. His layup to get the win wasn’t easy, but don’t forget the clutch shots late in the fourth either.
This was just the kind of game that Knight needed to kick start his confidence in his shot. Brandon finished with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting with three assists and just 2 turnovers.
- Let’s not forget about Jason Maxiell who continues to make play and bring the energy. I don’t have the clip, but did you see the sweet bounce pass from Monroe to Maxiell for the dunk?
- Stuckey with 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.
- Kyle Singler with 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting in 28 minutes.
- Just 26 points in the paint for Toronto to the Pistons 52.
- This game was tied 10 times with seven lead changes.
- After losing double-digit leads and dropping their first three home games of the season, the Pistons have now won two straight at The Palace and the crowd truly did appreciate it.
- A Sunday afternoon SHEEDtastic matinee against the Knicks. I’m all for it!