For the Detroit Pistons, it was special having Brandon Knight back in the lineup.
The Pistons had been without their standout sophomore guard for a few days from nursing a sore knee.
“I think the biggest thing for us was just playing with energy,” Knight said. “That’s what I saw sitting on the side for the past three games. I like to fight so for me it wasn’t about making shots. It was about coming in and trying to make sure that we played Pistons basketball.”
The play of Knight and the Pistons backcourt has been critical for the team in its attempt to climb back to respectability. A playoff and .500 season doesn’t appear to be within sight.
“The backcourt was great tonight; Brandon Knight and Jose Calderon really did their thing tonight,” center Greg Monroe said. “Jose really distributed the ball and got all of us going. Brandon put the ball in the basket, and when he and I are both going offensively we are a tough team to beat. It’s great to have Brandon back and that type of offensive production.”
Knight did not hold anything back in shooting 11-of-18 from the floor including 5-of-6 in 3-pointers and scored 32 points while dishing out four assists. Calderon had an amazing 18 assists.
But it was Knight’s first game in seven days and it was a joy for the Pistons to see their 2011 Nov. 1 draft pick playing like a Hall of Famer.