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Reports conflict about Brandon Knight’s injury status

Brandon Knight might play against the Hawks tonight, unless he’s out for a while. It depends whether you believe Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press or Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press.


Brandon Knight’s MRI on his hyperextended right knee came back negative, but the second-year point guard will be out awhile.

Pistons doctor Ben Paolucci visited Knight before Friday night’s game with Indiana, but coach Lawrence Frank said he’s day-to-day


Youngsters are quick healers. That’s why Ben Paolucci, the Pistons’ team doctor, expected Brandon Knight to play tonight against Atlanta and 19-year-old Andre Drummond to be back soon.

Knight, 21, has missed the past two games with a hyperextended right knee. Late Saturday night, Paolucci said Knight was fine and thought he’d be healthy enough to play against the Hawks at the Palace.

I don’t know, either, though the more optimistic report was published more recently.

I do know I like how that first excerpt continues:

coach Lawrence Frank said he’s day-to-day and won’t play again until he’s 100%.

I just wish Lawrence Frank had taken that approach all along, and maybe Knight would have already reached 100 percent.

Piston of the Week: Jose Calderon

Piston of the Week (2/17/2013 – 2/23/2013): Jose Calderon

11.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 47 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range.

When your best win is a six-point victory over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, no one deserves to be the player of the week. Seriously, even the guy who got picked didn’t have that good of a week. This space should probably be reserved for the goat of the week — which, if you were wondering, would belong to Jason Maxiell and his 8-for-25 (32 percent) shooting slump — but because this is a weekly feature, we’ll have to “reward” someone.

So, without further adieu, your Piston of the Week in the team’s worst week since mid-December is Jose Calderon. Last week’s winner, Calderon did have one stinker this week (five points, three assists on Friday at Indiana), but otherwise he’s continued to be as consistent as you could hope from your starting point guard.

Calderon is the kind of point guard that good teams crave — he keeps mistakes to a minimum, he knows when to make the right play and he’s one the league’s most efficient shooters. You need that kind of consistency from the position, but that doesn’t mean it’ll automatically make everything better.

The Pistons were a respectable 4-4 with Calderon in the lineup before this weekend’s two-part baptism by the Pacers — which was the equivalent of what happened to the victims in the Saw movies. That record is only going to improve once the Pistons get Andre Drummond back in March.

This week’s games were depressing, there’s no way around that, but you’ve got to remember that this recent stretch of games has really exposed how important Drummond is to this team’s success on both offense and defense. Plus, with his return comes a pick-and-roll pairing with Calderon.

If Will Bynum made a living working that with Drummond, there’s no reason to believe that wouldn’t be even better with Calderon in his place.

Past Winners

Will Bynum suspended one game for punching Tyler Hansbrough

The NBA has suspended Will Bynum one game for punching Tyler Hansbrough during the Pistons-Pacers game Saturday. Bynum, via Brendan Savage of MLive:

"It wasn’t (done) intentionally but it kind of happened through the course of the game," Bynum said in the empty Pistons locker room. "The game was kind of physical. It was during the heat of the moment.

"It was nothing intentional, though."

Pistons routed by Pacers again

Indiana Pacers 90 Final
Recap | Box Score
72 Detroit Pistons
Will Bynum, PG 15 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -10

Punched Tyler Hansbrough in the stomach.

Brandon Knight out, Danny Granger in for Pistons-Pacers rematch


  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (22-35) at Indiana Pacers (34-21)
  • Date: February 23, 2013
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

What to look for

The Pacers beat the Pistons by 32 last night. How much worse can it get tonight?

Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star:

Danny Granger will make his season debut tonight in Detroit, according to a source.

Well, maybe the Pistons will get one of their injured players back?

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Knight is out tonight. MRI revealed some fluid behind the knee

Good luck, Detroit!

Read about the Pacers

8 points, 9 seconds

Pistons, Thunder reportedly never talked Will Bynum trade

David Mayo of MLive:

Contrary to widespread rumors that the Pistons had talks with Oklahoma City regarding Will Bynum, the source said conversations with the Thunder never happened.

For what it’s worth, this runs contrary to a report by Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. I have no information about whether Mayo or Goodwill is correct, but on face value, it makes sense that the Thunder would have at least been interested in Will Bynum.

Pistons balked at trading first-round pick for J.J. Redick

David Mayo of MLive:

The Pistons had conversations with Orlando regarding J.J. Redick before Thursday’s trade deadline but the Magic were looking for a first-round pick, which ended the talks, according to a team source.

Just as the Pistons were wise to reject trading a first-round pick for J.J. Hickson, they were wise to do the same for Redick. I like Redick as a player, but if the Pistons want him, they can just sign him this summer without giving up a pick.

Greg Monroe irritated with Lawrence Frank after early benching

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Greg Monroe had one of the worst games of his career with five points and four rebounds in 22 minutes, bothered by the Pacers’ defense but more irritated with Frank after he was pulled early in the third, after failing to rotate defensively on a pick and roll leading to a dunk by West.

Winning cures all ills, and losing aggravates small problems. The Pistons lost by 32 last night, and that certainly played into Greg Monroe’s frustration. How much did the issue also stem from Monroe having a legitimate problem with Lawrence Frank? If the Pistons keep losing, it might not matter. More losing means all problems, significant or insignificant, take higher priority.

The simplest, and perhaps only, way to stop these types of incidents is to win.

Corey Maggette misses Pacers game due to illness

David Mayo of MLive:

Corey Maggette, who hasn’t played since Dec. 15, did not dress because of illness.

With the roster down to 14 players, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight injured and the game decided well before it ended, this would have been Corey Maggette’s best chance to play this calendar year. Too bad he missed it.

Slava Kravtsov, Pistons routed in Indiana by Pacers

Detroit Pistons 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Indiana Pacers
Jason Maxiell, PF 20 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -21This will appeal to the college students out there, but let’s make a Jason Maxiell drinking game. Missed shots inside six feet are a drink, huge dunks are a shot and fouls or turnovers mean you finish your drink. By the way, seven boards are Max’s most since Feb. 6 against Brooklyn.
Greg Monroe, C 22 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -32Monroe wasn’t good defensively, he wasn’t good offensively and he wasn’t good on the boards. He was just plain bad tonight, something he really hasn’t been much this season. He’s a good player who had a bad night, but he’s also never “stand around and watch him play” good like his teammates appeared to think he was tonight.
Jose Calderon, PG 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -35It was bound to happen eventually — Jose Calderon finally had a bad game as a Piston. Tonight his jumper (finally) wasn’t falling and his passes were going to teammates who had no intention of either:A. Scoring orB. Holding on to the ball.
Rodney Stuckey, PG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -34Stuckey was the best starter tonight and it wasn’t even close. The completely discombobulated offense made his line look worse than it was, though. It seemed like every other possession in the third quarter resulted in a late-in-the-clock-desperation heave by Stuckey — a formula for disaster, aka tonight.
Kyle Singler, SG 14 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -21Remember that thing the other day about how Singler is never horribly bad? Forget that I ever said that.
Jonas Jerebko, PF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1There were a lot of guys who played 10 or more minutes and had little to no impact on the game and Jerebko was one of them. Even in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach, it was Will Bynum, not Jerebko, running with the kids. Ouch.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -18If I told you the options for the final guy in your 5-on-5 game at the YMCA was down to Charlie V, Jason Maxiell or just running with four guys, which option would you pick?
Khris Middleton, SF 24 MIN | 1-7 FG | 7-9 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +1He didn’t shoot well, but after checking in and hitting a 3-pointer in the first half, Middleton showed some aggressiveness on the offensive end the rest of the way. He wasn’t half bad defensively, either. At this point, what’s the harm in seeing what you’ve got with him?
Viacheslav Kravtsov, C 29 MIN | 6-7 FG | 2-10 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -4There are still a lot of times where I’m not sure if Slava knows exactly what’s going on or where he’s supposed to be, but tonight he was easily the best Pistons player. He’s proven to be a better rebounder than he showed in Europe and his dunk game is almost Drummond-like in its efficiency. You want a bright spot? Here he is.
Will Bynum, PG 22 MIN | 7-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +1I’ll give credit to the end of bench guys — English, Middleton — when they do something good in a blowout, mainly because it’s tough to just go into a game cold and produce. But when Will Bynum puts up numbers (12 points) in a blowout, it doesn’t magically make his badness during the other three quarters go away.
Kim English, SG 20 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +2English still can’t stay in front of his own shadow defensively, but he was the star of his very own fourth-quarter highlight tonight. After making a wide open, fall away 16-footer, the Fox Sports cameras gave it instant replay treatment. Ata boy, Kim.
Corey Maggette, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Corey Maggette was active tonight, and apparently he was too ill to watch from the bench. Sounds about right.
Lawrence FrankDid you know the Pistons trailed by as many as 40 points tonight? That’s bad, actually, that’s awful, but this one isn’t all on Frank. You can coach X’s and O’s all you want, but when your guys come out like the Pistons did tonight, there’s nothing a coach can do about it. Any team is victim to lapses, albeit not this horrific, but even Red Auerbach wasn’t coaching them to a win tonight.