In the final game of the preseason on Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks, Andre Drummond invigorated his case to be starting alongside Greg Monroe on Halloween to make up a young, scary starting front court when the Pistons open the season against the Houston Rockets. While there are doubts as to what Frank sees, Jason Maxiell's second half foul trouble provided Drummond and Monroe extended minutes together, and they certainly made the most of it in the Pistons' 104-88 convincing win.
Both Monroe and Drummond finished the game with double-doubles. Monroe had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in 31-plus minutes. Drummond added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks (here's one) in nearly 19 minutes.
Drummond replaced Monroe in the first quarter and Monroe replaced Drummond in the second, but Maxiell ran into foul trouble in the third quarter, almost forcing Frank to bring in Drummond for Maxiell to play with Monroe. The Pistons immediately went on a microscopic 8-4 run over the next four and a half minutes, including an alley-oop-and-one from Monroe to Drummond. The Pistons were outscored 19-17 while they were on the floor together for nearly nine minutes, though.
The Pistons shot 51-percent in the game and dominated the glass (48-30). Although seemingly resorting to his rookie ways, Brandon Knight scored 16 on 11 shots and Tayshaun Prince contributed 15 points.
And that's all she wrote for the preseason. The Pistons finished .500 at 4-4, just as they closed out the 2011-2012 regular season. The games start counting next Wednesday when the Pistons host the Rockets. I'm getting the tingles in a silly place like Colbie Caillat.