Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Detroit looks to win its second consecutive preseason game against Toronto. Andre Drummond shined in his first (pretend) NBA action. Can he possibly play as well the second time around?
It has been a long wait for Pistons fans to see their team back on the court, but Detroit fans were not disappointed in the game's first effort -- a 101-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Can they do it again?
Game Tips at 7 PM ET -- NBATV and 950AM
Toronto Raptors: 1-1
Detroit Pistons: 1-0
Brandon Knight played well and did "point guard things," Greg Monroe scored down low and delivered some great passes to cutting teammates, Jonas Jerebko provided efficient offense and hustle plays off the bench and Andre Drummond was the night's biggest surprise.
A player who the team has taken great pains to say would not be rushed onto the court played a spectacular first game -- 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and some spectacular highlight plays.
Pistons fans now want to pencil him into the starting lineup but others are urging caution. But each strong performance puts him one step closer on serious minutes this season.
Other things of interest tonight -- what will the rotation look like? I imagine that the starters will remain the same but I would be shocked if we didn't see new blood off the bench. Coach Lawrence Frank kept the rotation short in the first game, preferring to give less players more minutes.
Keys to the Game
Brandon Knight -- Continued improvement please. More passing, less turning it over, more good decisions.
Andre Drummond -- More blocks, more dunks
New bench -- I want to see English and Slava, damn it.
Question of the Game
What will the final stat line for Drummond look like?