When Brandon Knight is good, he’s awfully good.
Now if only the Detroit Pistons could get their second-year point guard clicking on all cylinders all the time.
In a game earlier this week against the Portland Trailblazers, Knight was nothing short of sensational. He was 9-of-17 from the floor including 3-of-6 in threes and scored 26 points.
Knight needs to shoot more and also play consistent defense.
“I thought he was very, very good. First, the job he did defensively,” said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. “(Damian) Lillard is their leading scorer and I thought Brandon did a very good job with the matchup of making everything very, very hard. That first half he really controlled it for us. Unfortunately, he got that fourth foul, but I thought Brandon had a tremendous floor game.”
Knight said he’s especially happy with his defense.
“We were playing against one of the better rookies in the NBA, Damian Lillard, who has been playing very well. Even though he scored high tonight, he had to work for everything he got,” Knight said.
The Pistons have been playing .500 ball after an awful 0-8 start. Being able to play more games at home and play well in those games has been critical for Knight and the Pistons.
“Definitely you always want to take care of home court,” Knight said. “I think it’s key that when teams come here they have to know that they are going to be here for a fight, and they are going to have to play close to a perfect game to get out of here with a win.”