|Jason Maxiell, PF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3
He wasn’t as bad as his line suggests, but he didn’t play well.
|Tayshaun Prince, SF 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -12
Prince often likes to attack Mike Dunleavy when they’re matched up, but he didn’t have much of an opportunity tonight. In the eight minutes they shared the court, Prince shot 2-of-4 and got to the line, where he made 2-of-2.
|Greg Monroe, C 24 MIN | 6-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -11
Monroe scored efficiently – once he got his shot up. He was way too careless with the ball, and his defense was lacking.
|Brandon Knight, PG 23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -12
Knight had four turnovers of his own, and he might have been responsible for two of Kyle Singler’s. On one play, Singler grabbed a defensive rebound and threw a short outlet pass off Knight’s fingertips that I think Knight should have caught. On another play, Andre Drummond saved the ball from going out bounds on the baseline by passing to Singler. Singler immediately passed to Knight as Knight turned his head to look up court. I know Knight doesn’t always bring the ball up when it gets in the hands of someone like Rodney Stuckey or Tayshaun Prince, but he should be ready to take it from Singler. On the bright side, I wouldn’t put Brandon Jennings’ 30 points on Knight. That was more of a team failure.
|Kyle Singler, SG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -14
It speaks to Singler’s activity level that he found nine good shots – of the other two, one was a bad shot and one was with the shot clock running out – but it speaks to his ability level that he made only three of those nine.
|Austin Daye, PF 18 MIN | 0-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -5
We often chastise Daye for not doing anything else when his shot isn’t falling, but that wasn’t the case tonight. Daye really got after it on the glass.
|Jonas Jerebko, PF 9 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -3
Nine shots in nine minutes – Jerebko played like someone who doesn’t get many opportunities. Oh, right. He doesn’t.
|Andre Drummond, C 28 MIN | 9-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 18 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | -21
Drummond notched a double-double in just his first 12:20 of play. He finished with 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Dwight Howard is the only younger player since at least 1985-86 to post those totals. So why doesn’t Drummond get a higher grade? He was lost on defense a bit too often. With Drummond on the court, according to NBA.com/stats, the Bucks rebounded 41 percent of their misses – which would be an NBA high over the full season – partially because Drummond was out of position. He looked gas by the end of the game, missing a dunk, and Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News thought Drummond wanted a break much earlier in the game, too.
|Will Bynum, PG 17 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -21
Bynum captained a second unit that turned the ball over on five of its first 15 possessions. That’s when the Pistons blew an 11-point lead in the first half. After that, the Pistons basically gave up – which, to be fair, isn’t Bynum’s fault.
He played Drummond 28 minutes, the rookie’s most in the calendar year, but it shouldn’t have taken Monroe’s foul trouble to get Drummond in the game early. To Frank’s credit, he brought in Drummond even earlier in the second half than the first. Isolated to this game, there’s not much Frank can do when the team makes many careless turnovers and gives up once it gets down.
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