The Pistons again took care of their business, beating the New York Knicks 115-108 on Tuesday night and improving their records to 11-7 in season. The Knicks were a little back in the game, having won three straight away on a solid competition. Detroit was not interested.
But early in the game, the Knicks shot themselves in the foot again and again, missing a ton of pretty looks in the first half and shooting south at 30%. The Pistons were no better, with the exception of Reggie Jackson, and shootings and staged by Stanley Johnson and Langston Galloway. The watch was difficult in the first period – many missed throws and free throws by both teams.
The second period saw the Pistons play more or less with the young Knicks, the match having never really been questioned. Stanley Johnson of the bench finished with 21 points (7 of 9 from the ground) and three blocks. Blake Griffin did not score 30 points, but attacked the Knicks as he pleased and shot 12 out of 16 of the charitable donations. Reggie Jackson had a good night scoring 21 points in 27 minutes.
The Knicks' unprepared rookie, Allonzo Trier, scored 24, grabbed 10 rebounds and allowed seven assists. Trier is a pretty cunning talent. He will be a great player in the league for a long time.
Let's see some individual tips:
You could say that Reggie looked comfortable and ready to go into this one. He scored the first five points of the team and continued to be aggressive in the second quarter as well. Reggie went unassisted in 15 and a half minutes, but most of the time, the movement of the ball was not a problem.
Reggie was nudged in the face while he was defending an order from Emmanuel Mudiay to the basket, but he was alive.
Had some good looks in the first, but did not convert. Overall, the game was calm and some tough defensive mistakes Bullock. I am sure he will find his game soon enough.
Glenn Robinson III
Glenn quickly took two mistakes and that is all she wrote for the half. Glenn has seen 11 minutes in total.
Griffin did not get his long ball (0 out of 5), but he intimidated the Knicks in the paint and on the break more than a few times. It was not a sexy 30 points, but it was still 30 points.
André did not score in the first half, fumbling with two dunks and overall not looking comfortable. He had nine rebounds and would have had more, but Enes Kanter is undoubtedly a good rebounder and a charge inside. André's hands did not seem to cooperate for most of the night. In the fourth, André did a good job with a team from Trier (if I saw it well). André, despite a difficult offensive night, was mainly engaged, which is of course to see.
Stanley hit a three and went from one ocean to another for an acrobatic stunt in less than 30 seconds after entering the match. Trier did well to go to the hole in the second quarter – but that was pretty much the only negative point of Stanley's night. We get to the point where you want Stanley to play with the ball because you know that good things are going to happen. Stanley was not always up to Trier, although he forced Trier to work very hard to seize his chances and he was a little rough. Stanley, as usual, had a ton of energy tonight – check out this fourth quarter chase the block:
Langston was Mr. Buckets in the first half, but could not get anything after that.
We struggled to stay in front of Trey Burke in the first half – but fortunately, Burke (0 of 6 in the first half) could not hit anything, even though he came to the line a few times. Ish took advantage of herky-jerky speed in the second, creating for himself and for others. Ish gave seven passes in 21 minutes.
Quality minutes from the backup center – more, he did watch rookie Mitchell Robinson over his head a few times. The Knicks front line could not keep Zaza safe from the paint. Great night for Zaza with nine points and six boards and missed no shots.
Bruce disturbed Hardaway Jr. in an alley and shot in the hallway in the first period. Brown made a few assists to the basket in each half, then was thwarted in the end. Mainly strong minutes of the rookie.
The next step for Detroit will be a home showdown with the Chicago Bulls in trouble this Friday.