Pistons pick up defense in second half, cruise past Magic

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105 Detroit Pistons
Jason Maxiell, PF 23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +12Maxiell notched his fourth double-double of the season, and did so in far fewer minutes than his others took him to achieve. He also helped force Glen Davis into an awful 4-for-16 shooting night.
Tayshaun Prince, SF 25 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +18Prince didn’t do much that stood out offensively or defensively, but his five assists tie his second highest single-game total of the season.
Kyle Singler, SF 33 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0Singler played within himself on offense and was great on the glass. He didn’t play well defensively because he’s still a non-shooting guard playing most of his minutes at shooting guard.
Greg Monroe, C 29 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +6Monroe was efficient on offense and, for the first time this season, did not have a turnover in the game.
Brandon Knight, PG 33 MIN | 7-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | +8The bad — Knight had four of the Pistons’ eight turnovers in the game. The good — he was excellent defensively against Jameer Nelson. It’s no secret that I’m not convinced Knight is a full-time point guard in this league long-term. But one part of his upside that I’m fully sold on is his defensive potential. He has the quickness and long arms to pressure the ball, get in passing lanes and contest shots. He did a bit of all those things tonight.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 13 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1Villanueva didn’t shoot well overall, but he hit two 3-pointers and six rebounds in 13 minutes for a guy that averages just over five boards per 36 for his career is almost miraculous.
Austin Daye, PF 6 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Daye is now just 3-for-13 in his last six games. His tendency in his career has been to let a couple of missed shots turn into a lot of missed shots over a long string of games. The Pistons have plenty of wing options begging for minutes, so if his slump lasts much longer, Daye won’t be in the rotation anymore.
Andre Drummond, C 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +13Drummond, once again, was the best player on the floor for the Pistons. He was a huge presence on the boards, he blocked shots and he even got two steals as well.
Will Bynum, PG 26 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +6Bynum’s scoring and shot-making was impressive, but once again, his six assists and one turnover were far more impressive. When Bynum slows down just a bit and doesn’t look to ram the ball down someone’s throat every time he touches it, he’s actually capable of providing competent backup point guard minutes. Hopefully his more steady play over the last few weeks continues the rest of the season.
Rodney Stuckey, PG 25 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +18With Villanueva and Daye not scoring like they were a couple weeks ago, Stuckey had his second best game of 2013.
Kim English, SG 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3Hey, minutes for everyone’s favorite out-of-the-rotation Piston Kim English! He made a shot and got a steal too, so maybe he’ll be next in line for minutes if Daye continues to falter.
Lawrence FrankNo real complaints about Frank tonight. The offense looked great all night and the Pistons made some defensive adjustments and broke open a close game in the second half. And Frank even played Drummond 24 minutes. That’s still not enough, but baby steps. We’re getting there.

Tags: Andre Drummond Austin Daye Brandon Knight Charlie Villanueva Greg Monroe Jason Maxiell Kim English Kyle Singler Lawrence Frank Rodney Stuckey Tayshaun Prince Will Bynum