The Detroit Pistons got back on the winning trail with a victory over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats 105-99, but suffered a possible serious loss, as Brandon Knight was held out of the remainder of the game with a hyperextended knee. It happened when the Pistons were ahead 77-74, with 1:45 left in the third quarter. Bobcats guard Kemba Walker, dribbling on the left wing, lost his handle on the ball (one of his five turnovers), and dove for it, sliding right into Knight, who was in the middle of the lane, buckling his right knee. Walker was whistled for the foul, and Knight remained on the court grimacing for a couple of minutes, before getting up to limp to the locker room. Every Pistons fan hopes were lifted momentarily when Knight returned early in the fourth quarter to play, but those hopes were just as quickly dashed when Knight had to leave again after hurting his ankle to compensate for his knee.
""You've got to listen to your body sometimes, but as a competitor when your team is in a close game, you always want to play, especially when you have an opportunity to put a team away," Knight said. "As long as we won, I'm happy. That's what I'm most happy about." (ESPN)
Knight dropped 21, three rebounds, and five assists, including 3-4 from downtown, before he had to sit out. Greg Monroe finished with 19, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks, to lead Detroit over Charlotte. Jose Calderon also helped out with 17 points, on an efficient 4-8 shooting (4-4 from deep). Walker lead all scorers with 24 points.
Note: While Greg Monroe played well for Detroit, he was caught on the wrong side of a poster, as rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist caught an errant Gerald Henderson pass and viciously threw down on the former Georgetown product. (Video below courtesy of FSN Charlotte, Youtube)