Derrick Rose has claimed that the New York Knicks are a super team. The Detroit Pistons are considered a one man gang built around All-Star center Andre Drummond. The latter defeated the former on Tuesday night, as reported by ESPN.
New York Knicks Starters
Since the start of the season, Carmelo Anthony has been telling the media that he has no qualms with sharing the spotlight. He does not need to be the centerpiece every single night to help the New York Knicks become winners. Against the Detroit Pistons, Anthony looked pretty solid. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward produced 24 points and four steals. Anthony made it to the free-throw line seven times, missing just one of those shots.
Derrick Rose had himself a pretty good game. The former Chicago Bulls star had 19 points and five rebounds. Rose was only able to produce two assists, which might be a concern for the New York Knicks because they were hoping that he could be the playmaker that the team desperately needed last season.
Kristaps Porzingis quietly had a good night for the New York Knicks. The second-year forward had 18 points and six rebounds. His scoring would have been a bit more impressive had he not missed five of the seven outside shots that he took.
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah had one of those games where he produced without actually putting up points. The former Chicago Bulls star had 12 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks. It is not that common for big men to produce that many passes, but Noah is one of those rare talents that can see cutting guards and naturally get them the ball.
New York Knicks Bench
When the New York Knicks acquired Brandon Jennings, they were hoping that he had a chip on his shoulder. Management wanted him to come off the bench and prove to the NBA that he deserves to be a starter again in the league. Scoring is his playing card. Against the Detroit Pistons, Jennings produced 12 points off the bench.
Lance Thomas was given 26 minutes off the bench, more than any other New York Knicks bench player. However, he only nailed one of the six shots that he took, which was quite a disappointment.
The rest of the New York Knicks bench players failed to produce anything noteworthy.
Detroit Pistons Starters
The struggles at the free-throw line continue for Andre Drummond. The All-Star center missed five of the shots that he was given from the charity stripe. Drummond did not put up a ton of points, but the 6-foot-11, 280-pound center still managed to put up 13 rebounds, two steals, and a block. He is capable of helping in plenty of other areas when his shot is not falling.
Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris were acquired by the Detroit Pistons to spread the floor for Andre Drummond. Against the New York Knicks, they did just that. The two starting forwards combined for 47 points. Harris also chipped in with ten rebounds. If Morris and Harris can have more nights like that, then Drummond is going to have a fantastic season.
The back-court for the Detroit Pistons had a pretty good night as well against the New York Knicks. Ish Smith, who is filling in for Reggie Jackson, had 10 points and eight rebounds. He could have had a better night if his shots were falling in. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope saw his shots going in, and he contributed 19 points in a victory.
Detroit Pistons Bench
For whatever reasons, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy decided to tighten his rotation, using just four players off the bench. None of the bench players, including newly acquired veteran guard Beno Udrih, put up big numbers, but it was enough to help the Pistons defeat the New York Knicks.
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