NBA Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond’s Return Doesn’t Give Detroit Pistons Winning Edge

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Andre Drummond is back, and the Detroit Pistons are very glad he is.

But it sure doesn’t make much difference for the Pistons who can’t find a way to stop their losing ways.

In Friday’s 98-82 loss to the Toronto Raptors, Drummond got his first NBA start and was very impressive in 18:44 of action. He did more things than several of his teammates who had more minutes. Drummond was 8-of-10 from the floor but continues to struggle in free-throw shooting at 1-of-4. He scored 17 points and had a decent performance overall.

“It definitely felt great being out there tonight,” Drummond said. “I felt like I didn’t miss a beat. I just have to get used to playing with the guys back on the court.”

Drummond was coming off an injury and appeared to be well-conditioned.

‘The way Coach Lawrence (Frank) played me tonight was very beneficial; not leaving me out there too long so I didn’t exhaust myself,” Drummond said. “I felt good tonight.”

The Pistons are hoping Drummond’s presence will have a positive impact on the rest of the team. He’s averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. He’s still averaging less than 20 minutes a game. Drummond will start hitting his potential when he can start averaging 30 minutes or more.

“It was great,” said teammate Kyle Singler. “Andre is a big part of this team. He can affect the game on both ends of the court, and I thought he came in with a lot of energy.”

Now all Drummond has to do is translate that energy to his teammates.