If you walked away from Wednesday night's loss to the Golden State Warriors with the sense that Brandon Knight looked slow, ineffective and out-matched, you weren't the only one.
Knight was getting beat far too easily off the dribble and simply could not keep up with Warriors point guard Steph Curry. Curry proceeded to take what Knight was giving him (everything) and turn it into a 22 point, 10 rebound double-double on the way to a Warriors win. A single game sample size should never be the driving force in any fan's opinion, but if Wednesday was your first dose of Pistons basketball then you really should keep calm. Brandon Knight suffered a deep left thigh bruise against the Dallas Mavericks last Saturday night. An injury that still lingered into Wednesday and was partly responsible for his cement-shoe play. Ready to come back down from the ledge?
After Thursday's practice the normally quiet, no-excuse, Knight talked about the injury and the way it had effected his play against the Warriors. Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press was there to collect the comment:
For the first time, he admitted it was bothering him"It feels like you are playing dead-legged," Knight told the Free Press.
Knight went on to say that the bruise was getting better, but Lawrence Frank was heard joking with Knight on the practice floor. Saying that Knight "wasn't so fast" with the injury.
Tonight the Pistons welcome the Chicago Bulls to the Palace of Auburn Hills. With Derrick Rose still out for an indeterminable period, the point guard match-up is one the Pistons could play effectively without Knight if needed. Rodney Stuckey has played well at the point-guard spot lately, and Will Bynum has been chomping at the bit to get back into the fold since being moved to the third point guard spot. If the Lawrence Frank thinks the Pistons can get away without playing Knight, it might not be the worst idea to keep him out in order to steady his leg.Tags: Basketball, Brandon Knight, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, NBA