Andre Drummond was frustrated with the Detroit Pistons‘ 108-79 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers that puts his team at 0-3. But the highly touted NBA rookie, who has a promising future, received an education by playing against Dwight Howard.
“It was all love but I was going at his head the whole time,” Drummond said. “Every night there’s no friends on the floor so I tried my hardest, pushed him around a little bit. I tried to play physical with him and after the game I shook his hand. We’re still cool but we’re enemies on the floor. It was fun playing against him because he played hard.”
But as far as Drummond was concerned, playing against one of the best in the game will pay off in the long run.
“I definitely feel like I got a lot better today,” he said. “I’ve got to get a base to try to and stop him from moving and I think I got that defensively guarding the post cause I figured my way around to try and stop him from scoring.”
Drummond saw 21 minutes of action against the Lakers and was 2-of-6 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the line. But he was impressive on the boards with four offensive and three defensive rebounds. He had two steals and one turnover.
Howard, meanwhile, was his usual self in almost 33 minutes of play. He was 12-of-14 from the floor and wound up with 28 points.
“It feels so good,” Howard said. “My first win here, it feels good for all of us. It was a little frustrating after the first three losses but we kept our composure, I think for the most part, and we got a good win.”