|Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +4Monroe seemed to have dead legs. Early, just corralling the ball inside was a struggle. Eventually, Monroe upgraded that to finishing problems. Plus, he allowed an over-the-hill Amar’e Stoudemire (22 points on 9-of-11 shooting) to carve him up. At least Monroe rebounded well, and that afforded him a few extra points.|
|Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 5-17 FG | 5-9 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +7Brick city. His defense on Carmelo Anthony (28 points on 11-of-21) was up and down, which isn’t bad considering Melo’s offensive prowess.|
|Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -1Singler moves really well to get open. If only his shooting stroke were a wee bit better. Oh, well. Players combine those two skills to produce points, and Singler does so reasonably efficiently. His method just skews toward the pre-shot end of the spectrum.|
|Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 46 MIN | 6-9 FG | 5-7 FT | 26 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +13Jennette McCurdy recently went on Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” podcast and discussed her relationship with Drummond. She said she was never as into it as he was, laughing as she shared details that sort of made Drummond look immature. Really, she didn’t say anything awful about Drummond, but it was a little more revealing than I would have preferred personally. Then again, their entire relationship was more revealing than I would have preferred personally. Drummond responded to TMZ: |
He also posted this Vine:
Then, lingerie shots of McCurdy appeared online, causing many to speculate Drummond leaked them. Just 45 minutes before game time, he tweeted:
Drummond backed that up in a big way. He scored with a craftiness indicative of, with all his other skills, a future superstar. His 26 rebounds matched Dwight Howard for most by any player this season and were most by a Piston since Ben Wallace in 2002. Defensively, Drummond both cleaned up his teammates’ mistakes and forced the Knicks into new problems. He even made 5-of-7 free throws. Drummond was the total package.
|Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | +3Jennings, for better or worse, kept the ball moving.|
|Jonas Jerebko, PF Shot Chart 10 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3Jerebko crashed the boards hard to make his impact. What is this, 2010?|
|Will Bynum, PG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +8Bynum drove to the rim with ease, but the results were only moderate once he got there. He can be an effective defender when playing for steals, and this sorry Knicks backcourt allowed him to play for steals.|
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +7Turning strong man-to-man defense on J.R. Smith into a steal saved Caldwell-Pope from another trillion.|
|Rodney Stuckey, SG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 6-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +11High-volume Rodney Stuckey is high volume.|
|John Loyer |
Loyer has a difficult job, developing players and keeping them engaged while losing. Whether or not direction from above dictates tanking, the Pistons should tank, and I’m grading Loyer on his ability to guide the Pistons on the path they should go. It’s great Drummond played so well while on the court, and I wouldn’t root against that for a second. But did Loyer really need to give Drummond 46 minutes, his career high in a non-overtime game? Rest your top player a little more, and maybe the Knicks win the pivotal contest for lottery positioning – though probably not. Even a typical amount of playing time from Drummond would have likely been enough to beat New York. The Knicks are awful, and they’re not tanking. Even tanking teams can’t lose every game, anyway (except the 76ers). Loyer hurt Detroit’s tanking cause, but I suspect it was out of his hands anyway. Dear Knicks, please get better.