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