AUBURN HILLS Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons turned what was supposed to be a matchup of two of the NBAs best young centers into a blowout.
"I don't know who "they" are, but "they" must not watch basketball because every night I've got Dwight [Howard] to [Andre] Drummond to [DeMarcus] Cousins". Drummond led the way with 12 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Dion Waiters was the only Miami starter to reach double figures, scoring 11, while Hassan Whiteside was held to eight rebounds.
Founder of Hoopscritic.com, Brian Geltzeiler joined the Hochman, Crowder and Krantz Show on 560 WQAM to discuss his Hassan Whiteside "hollow stats" comments, his remarks on Tyler Johnson and if the Heat should tank this season. We need to be better than this, he said. "Our offense wasn't there and we didn't make an effort on defense". The Pistons sent rookie F Henry Ellenson and G Michael Gbinije to their D-League affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. Detroit second-year F Stanley Johnson, a lottery pick in 2015, is averaging just 4.1 points on 38.2 percent shooting from the field.
"I thought his screening was great. When he plays like that, we've got a chance against anybody and their confidence goes way up". The part he's got to understand is he set several really good screens, which got guys a chance to attack the basket, which took Whiteside's body off him, which got him a chance on the offensive boards. He was picked eighth overall by the Detroit Pistons and many dubbed him to be a star for years to come. "I thought most of what we did at both ends tonight started with him - and, in a lot of cases, ended with him".
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points, Tobias Harris tossed in 17 points and Beno Udrih supplied 12 points and five assists for the Pistons (7-9). "He's a monster when he plays like that". We really needed this one, and we set the tone early.
"We were desperate for a win, " Marcus Morris said. The Pistons were on a four-game losing streak which had everyone rankled. Plus, as you go through the years, guys get hurt, whatever, they don't play. "He's going to have a very good night". That's when it will be unusual to me, seeing him in another jersey. "I tried to take the ball out of his hands".
Pistons: Guard Reggie Bullock left the game in the second quarter with a left-leg injury and did not return.