Detroit Pistons Miss Brandon Knight, Need Will Bynum More Than Ever

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

To say the Detroit Pistons are going in the opposite direction of the Indiana Pacers would be an understatement.

Piston guard Will Bynum could attest to that.

The Pistons lost home-and-home games to the Pacers Friday and Saturday and hardly put up a fight  against the visiting Indiana NBA team on Saturday in a 90-72 Detroit loss.

The Pistons have been without their sparkplug, Brandon Knight, out since earlier in the week with a knee injury. Will Bynum played well, hitting 7-of-14 for 15 points, but the Pistons need their regular point guard back.

“They just had our number from start to finish. There is no other way to look at it than that,” Bynum said. “When you’re behind, it’s that kind of ballgame. You have to play perfect to get back into the game, especially against a team like the Pacers. It’s going to be tough if you make any mistakes.”

The Pistons’ offense was horrible, as the low point total would suggest. They shot 33.8 percent in field goals and 14.3 percent in 3-pointers.

The Pistons trailed by as many as 43 points in Indiana. In Detroit, the Pistons missed 16-of-their first 17 shots. That’s ugly, very ugly. Bynum, like the rest of the team, has had occasionally shiny moments But they’ve only been occasional. He’s averaging 9.4 points and 3.8 assists a game. But the Pistons need Brandon Knight to ge  back. Bynum is even more effective as a reliever for Knight.

But as the records would indicate, Indiana at  35-21 and pistons at 22-36, are two teams going in the opposite direction

“At the end of the day they were able to sustain their defense for a full 48 minutes, it’s a credit to them,” said  Detroit coach Lawrence Frank.

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