Heading to Detroit the Brooklyn Nets are a little battle weary. Already playing without Rondae-Hollis Jefferson and Quincy Acy the team took a blow last night in the loss to the Rockets. Or rather, Caris LeVert took a blow as Rockets big man Nene Hilario set a pick resulting in a body jarring, head snapping stop.
As Kenny Atkinson said afterwards “I think it moved all of us, I think we’re all affected, but we’re professionals and guys moved on, it’s just we obviously missed Caris the player.”
This because it was clear the injury happened because no teammate called out the pick – something teammates have to do, so these types of hits don’t occur. LeVert enters the concussion protocol program now and his presence will depend on his ability to pass the initial assessment. If he fails there is an entire procedure of stages LeVert will need to go through proving he can pass each one in a timed fashion before he can return to the court.
Nene just flattened Caris LeVert. pic.twitter.com/gA8YgVyXN7
— John Alexander (@MakeorMissHOU) February 7, 2018
Lob City Destruction:
Although the trade deadline occurs tomorrow (Thursday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m.) these two squads got into the mix early. Rashad Vaughn was picked up (along with a second round pick) for Tyler Zeller and Sean Marks may not be done.
Clearly, the bigger move occurred between the Pistons and Clippers. LA parted ways with Chris Paul this past offseason, but seemed to be committed to building around Blake Griffin. The re-inking was a max deal over five-years for $173 million.
A rather daunting prospect considering how often Griffin gets injured or that the power forward will earn $38.9 million in 2021–2022.
Yet, some time in the six months since the Clippers decided battling just to make the postseason wasn’t worth their investment. The Clippers decided to start fresh and made the trade to rid themselves of Griffin. The Pistons who are trying to put behinds in seats at their new arena jumped at the opportunity to trade for Griffin. The only question remaining is whether LA will trade DeAndre Jordan prior to the deadline or just let him walk in the offseason.
Blake Griffin never saw the trade to the Pistons coming, learning about it on social media just like the fans did.
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) January 30, 2018
Is Pistons new frontcourt best in NBA?
Detroit may potentially be the very best fit for Griffin. Afterall, Blake has spent copious seasons playing alongside DeAndre Jordan with success. Drummond may not provide the same rim protection as DJ, but his offensive arsenal is far greater.
Through the three games played this theory is proving to be true. In the games the duo patrolled the court together Drummond is averaging 18 points, 17.3 rebounds, three assists, 2.7 blocks and 2.7 steals. On the season Drummond is averaging 15 points, rebounds 15.4 and 3.8 assists. Most importantly however – the team is 3-0 in these games.
Meanwhile Griffin is averaging 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds and 6 assists. Those numbers become all the more impressive considering his seasonal averages were in 22.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists in LA.
Considering he’s new to Detroit and has a more talented front court partner the increased rebounds and assists are surprising.