Some fans got their wish Monday night.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, the subject of trade speculation, sat the final 20 minutes while Christian Wood received crunch time minutes.
The end result was a 117-110 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, but the move symbolizes the Pistons’ youth movement as they fall more further out of the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
Derrick Rose scored 23 points – but was 0-for-2 and committed two turnovers in overtime as the Pistons (14-27) have lost 12 of 15 over the past month.
Rose played 37 minutes. He has reached 30 or more minutes in three of four games.
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Lonzo Ball (17 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, seven turnovers) scored the first five points of overtime to lead the Pelicans (15-26) at Little Caesars Arena.
Pistons rookie Sekou Doumbouya scored 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He added eight rebounds.
Wood finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, but missed several key shots around the basket.
Rose tied it with a short runner with 30.1 seconds remaining to force overtime with the score tied at 102.
The Pistons forced a Pelicans empty possession and Rose missed a bank shot floater at the regulation buzzer.
Jahlil Okafor scored 25 points and added 14 rebounds and three blocks for the Pelicans.
Drummond had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes.
The Pistons trailed by 16 points, but Rose and the youngsters led the comeback. Pistons coach Dwane Casey said that’s the reason he sat Drummond, who exited the game at the 3:29 mark of the third quarter.
Drummond was spotted getting up shots after the game.
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Okafor outplayed Drummond in the first half, scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds as the Pelicans took a 63-52 lead into halftime.
The Pelicans were without starters JJ Redick (hamstring), Derrick Favors (hamstring), Jrue Holiday (elbow) and Brandon Ingram (knee). Rookie Zion Williamson (knee) worked out before the game and is getting closer to making his professional debut.
He was caught dozing off on the bench by TV cameras late in the fourth quarter.
Bone gets run
Casey has been discussing getting rookie point guard Jordan Bone a playing time opportunity for several weeks.
That chance came in the first half when Bone received eight minutes.
Bone shared backcourt duties with Rose for most of his time.
He had three assists, but badly missed two shot attempts.
A two-way contract player, Bone has spent most of the season with the Pistons’ Gatorade League affiliate in Grand Rapids.
He didn’t appear in the second half.
Kennard out until All-Star break?
With several young prospects currently in the playing rotation, it’s easy to forget about another young player.
Casey was asked for an update on third-year shooting guard Luke Kennard before the game against New Orleans.
Kennard has missed 11 straight games because of tendinitis in both knees.
“They said somewhere around the All-Star break, but I’m not sure exactly,” Casey said. “He’s working his behind off, tendinitis or whatever. I don’t know the medical term for it. We’ve had so many that I get this guy’s injury mixed up with this guy’s injury. He’s a big piece of what we’re trying to do also.”
Kennard, 23, is averaging 15.8 points per game and shooting 40% from 3-point range.
His name has appeared in trade rumors with the Feb. 6 deadline looming.
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Published at Tue, 14 Jan 2020 03:17:01 +0000