The Washington Wizards’ gameplan Saturday night centered on somehow, someway containing Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. Twelve teams had tried and failed this season. Drummond bulldozed them all. He was averaging 19.3 points and an astronomical 18.3 rebounds per contest, and he had posted a double-double in every single one. Washington emphasized throwing multiple bodies at him on box outs and pushing the pace; the Pistons were playing the second game in as many nights and the Wizards were playing their fourth in 14. If the Pistons were going to beat them, it wasn’t going to be with Drummond. By the end of the Wizards’ 97-95 victory, Drummond’s double-double streak was over. He had posted eight points and 13 rebounds. None of his boards were offensive. And his night ended in frustrating fashion when point guard Reggie Jackson missed him rolling to the basket open on the game’s final possession. “We all focused on him. Every time I’m going to help, we had to go box him out and do a good job on the boards,” Wizards center Marcin Gortat said. “But at the same time, go at him offensively, make him tired. I think the way we play, the way I play, run the floor, move a lot, you’re just wearing him out. It didn’t look like he had a lot of energy today.” The Wizards outrebounded Detroit, ranked second in the NBA in rebounding entering the night, 42-38. It was a drastically different outcome than when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder, the league’s top rebounding team, on Nov. 10 and were dominated on the boards, 53-41, in a blowout loss. After, Wizards Coach Randy Wittman singled out Gortat’s production — one defensive rebound in 27 minutes — when criticizing his team.
Wizards slow Andre Drummond in win over Pistons
Washington Post | Nov 22