When Andre Drummond’s away, Detroit Pistons Cannot Play

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It sounds like a broken record but the Detroit Pistons would love to see how they would be doing if Andre Drummond could get more minutes.

Drummond basically contributed little in around five minutes of action for the Pistons Wednesday night in a 93-90 NBA loss to the Brooklyn Nets. He blocked two shots but didn’t put up any shots.

He has a bruised tailbone and didn’t play in the second half for the second straight game. That definitely made a difference in the Pistons attack. Slava Kravtsov replaced Drummond and saw 11 minutes of action. He’s not bad and had four points and two rebounds, but he’s no Andre Drummond.

“When Andre comes into the game it’s all about energy and his ability to block shots, and get a lot of energy out of the point guards,” said Pistons forward Jason Maxiell. “With him down right now it’s going to be a struggle, but Slava came in tonight and tried to do that also.”

That’s not to say Kravtsov doesn’t have a future with the Pistons.

“He’ll have his moment. At practice he goes hard, so when he gets put in, he has the confidence to play his game,” Maxiell said.

It’s a matter of Drummond staying healthy and developing so he can give the Pistons more minutes.

He only saw eight minutes against the New York Knicks earlier this week and was 1-of-6 for two points.

Usually, when Drummond gets more minutes, he’s bad news for the opponents. In 28 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks, he had 18 points and 18 rebounds. In 36 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks, he had 16 points and 12 boards. He’s shooting almost  60 percent from the floor but his 36. 5 percent free-throw shooting clip has to improve.

But more than anything, Andre Drummond’s minutes need to increase dramatically.

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