Pistons center Slava Kravtsov gave a thrill to the sparse Palace crowd in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's victory over the Wizards. Will Bynum ran a pick-and-roll with the Ukrainian rookie. When he was clear, Bynum threw a lob pass that Kravtsov dunked with authority. It was a nice impersonation of fellow rookie Andre Drummond, who is out with a back injury. "Slava's great, man," Bynum said. "He's been working hard every day. "I've been talking to him in the Ukrainian language, about the lob, trying to get him to be the new Andre Drummond while (Drummond) is out." He isn't quite Drummond, but Kravtsov is making the most of the opportunity created by Drummond's injury. Kravtsov was on the floor when the Wizards could manage only two free throws in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter and the Pistons made their run. He was a presence defensively, holding his ground on post-ups and showing enough quickness to stay with guard Bradley Beal on a pick-and-roll show. He forced a tough jumper. "I don't know if we're going to have Slava guard John Wall next time we play them, but I love his energy, his confidence, his approach," coach Lawrence Frank said.
Practice makes Slava Kravtsov a good sub for Andre Drummond
Detroit Free Press | Feb 15