Detroit Pistons Need More Consistent Play From Brandon Knight

By John Raffel
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit PistonsBrandon Knight looked like one of the best players in the NBA on Saturday…for the first half, that is.

In the second half, he looked like a typical player for the team that is 5-13 and continues to struggle on the road.

The Pistons fell 92-77 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Coach Lawrence Frank was warned in the NBA preseason that any talk about the Pistons being a playoff contender would be based on how well they could play on the road.

They’ve been awful away from home so far and they’ve given no indication, having gone through nearly a quarter of their schedule, that they’ll reverse their road woes.

On Saturday night for the first half at Dallas, thanks especially to Knight’s 18 points, the Pistons looked like a terrific road team.

“It was floor game and I was trying to take better care of the basketball. I wanted to take care of the ball and keep my team going on the floor,” Knight said. “My main goal wasn’t to score points, but to help the team perform and take care of the ball.”

But Knight only scored two points in the second half. The Pistons’ shooting woes aren’t on Knight alone. Detroit scored only 29 points in the second half and was 27.5 percent in shooting. They also had 13 turnovers in the second half.

Knight, who has been criticized for his ball handling in recent games, took better care of the ball against the Mavericks and only had three miscues. Of even more encouragement is that Knight had three steals.

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