Can Andre Drummond bounce back against the Bobcats?

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Essentials

  • Teams: Charlotte Bobcats (1-3) at Detroit Pistons (2-3)
  • Date: October 20, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

What to look for

I don’t think there’s a single Piston more intriguing this preseason than Andre Drummond, the young potential star who is still very raw. He showed more of his inexperienced side in Detroit’s last preseason game, but as Patrick wrote, that present an opportunity:

I’m most interested in seeing how Drummond responds to this game. It should be said that it is great progress for Drummond that he’s raised expectations for himself already to the point that an average outing can be considered a bit sub-par for him. Sometimes, a young player struggling a bit can snowball and become a prolonged thing. Veteran players generally rebound quicker. If Drummond comes back with another strong performance in Detroit’s next game Saturday, that will be a good indication that he’s ready to seize that starting job.

There’s also the matter of Corey Maggette. Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

Maggette played just two minutes of the first quarter Thursday when he pulled up lame near mid-court and limped to the bench. His lower leg was wrapped, wires running from the leg into his waistband likely connected to an electrical stimulation device to expedite healing, as he walked gingerly to Arnie Kander’s training room after Friday’s practice.

Lawrence Frank declared him “day to day,” though it would be an upset if Maggette is back in time for Saturday’s home preseason game with Charlotte. If it’s a typical calf muscle injury, two weeks would be about as soon as Maggette could be reasonably expected to return, with some injuries of that type lingering considerably longer than that.

If Maggette is truly day-to-day, he might play – or even just dress – today, but I doubt that happens. Any injury is potentially serious for someone Maggette’s age who has his recent history. If he somehow plays – or even dresses – tonight, that would be mighty comforting about his durability.

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