Brandon Knight's Return Gives Detroit Pistons More Hope

By John Raffel
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons are obviously happy to get Brandon Knight back in the lineup from an injury. Knight is hoping he can help make a difference in upcoming NBA games.

The Pistons won 93-92 over the Charlotte Bobcats last Saturday to snap a 10-game losing streak and Knight showed some life with 37 minutes of action, which was the most of anyone on the team. He was 4-of-10 from the floor and 1-of-6 in 3-point attempts for 10 points. He also had four assists and 10 rebounds.

But an indicator that he’s still rusty were Knight’s five turnovers. Those should go down as he puts more time into it. Five turnovers by one player in any game are obviously way too many

“Brandon’s return was great,” Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. “I could see that he was excited in the beginning. His energy was good, along with his defense on Kemba Walker. I thought he was good and it was great to have him back.”

Knight is at 14 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. All 64 Pistons games he’s appeared in has been as a starter. He’s shooting 41.3 percent, which could be higher.

“Knight was playing well,” said teammate Greg Monroe who has been struggling himself lately. He was playing very well on defense when he came back into the game.”

The final weeks of the NBA regular season are coming up and Knight has a chance to end it in impressive form. The Pistons would like to see someone take charge to give hope for the future.

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