Brandon Knight has discovered that it’s not easy playing through injuries. But in the NBA, being 100 percent healthy is sometimes the exception more than the rule.
The Detroit Pistons‘ second-year guard has enjoyed some excellent production in recent games, but he’s also had poor games. He’s found out in a hurry that you have to dig deep down and be even tougher physically and mentally.
“You have to play through them,” Knight told reporters after his Pistons defeated the Chicago Bulls 99-85. “I know we don’t have a shot at the playoffs this year, but I just can’t sit down and watch. If I can get on the court and play and give my team some type of positive boost I’ll do it, whether I’m scoring five points or not.”
Against the Bulls, Knight had more than 37 minutes of action. He shot 7-of-12 from the floor, 1-of-4 in 3-pointers and 5-of-7 in free throws. He also had five assists.
Knight is among three or four players the Pistons will be building their team around in the future. He needs to stay healthy and he’ll need to overcome injury issues to the best of his abilities. He’s finally starting to find that out.
With four contests left in the regular season, Knight is averaging 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists and 31.4 minutes a game. He’s shooting 41.2 percent from the floor, 36.9 percent in 3-pointers and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. He has started 71 games but his health hasn’t been the same in every contest. He’s now realizing what he needs to do about it.