Pistons play flat in loss to Knicks, but at least Jose Calderon looked solid

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99 New York Knicks
Jason Maxiell, PF 22 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3Maxiell’s lack of production wasn’t entirely his fault tonight. The Knicks’ small lineup meant he had to try to defend either Carmelo Anthony or Iman Shumpert. Even if Maxiell was playing great (and he wasn’t at all), he’s not winning either of those matchups.
Greg Monroe, C 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 5 TO | 13 PTS | -12Monroe got off to a poor start and he had another of the occasional really sloppy games that we’ve seen this season with five turnovers. He also missed a layup in the first quarter on a perfect pass from Jose Calderon.
Jose Calderon, PG 27 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -9Not a bad debut for Calderon, who shot well and had no turnovers. He also would’ve had a few more assists if guys hit shots he set up for them that were very makable.
Brandon Knight, PG 28 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -12Knight didn’t shoot well and didn’t do anything else that contributed tonight.
Kyle Singler, SG 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -9Singler was ineffective defensively tonight, but at least he didn’t compound by having an awful shooting game like a few of his teammates.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -12Villanueva shot poorly, but as he’s sneakily been doing at times this season, he helped out on the boards and even picked up a couple assists. It was far from a stellar performance, but it could’ve been much worse.
Jonas Jerebko, PF 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -7Jerebko had his best game in a while, and he did it by doing Jerebko-like things — rebounding, hustling, running and getting into passing lanes.
Andre Drummond, C 8 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3Drummond had one of his worst games of the season (but still managed to get five boards in eight minutes). He left the game with what is reportedly a sore back, and when he was in there, he looked off. Amar’e Stoudemire easily got post position and beat him off the dribble early in the game.
Viacheslav Kravtsov, C 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2Kravtsov played! And made a shot! That’s really about all that can be said about his two minute cameo.
Will Bynum, PG 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -5Bynum shot well and provided a spark offensively, but also had three turnovers.
Rodney Stuckey, PG 30 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -8Stuckey shot poorly, but he did rebound well, played OK defense with three steals and picked up a few assists.
Lawrence FrankThe Pistons missed good shots and didn’t play with much energy. Plus, their lineup was limited due to Drummond’s apparent injury. Whatever the gameplan was against the Knicks obviously didn’t work, but New York is also a really bad matchup for the Pistons at key positions.

Tags: Andre Drummond Brandon Knight Charlie Villanueva Greg Monroe Jason Maxiell Jonas Jerebko Jose Calderon Kim English Kyle Singler Lawrence Frank Rodney Stuckey Vyacheslav Kravtsov Will Bynum

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