Baynes pitched in with 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and two blocks over 30 minutes in Saturday's 104-101 loss to the Nuggets. The four-year pro posted his first double-double of the season on a night where he actually outperformed starter Andre Drummond. Baynes has begun receiving a higher allotment of minutes in January, including a season-high 30 on Saturday, and has been productive with the extended opportunity. He managed doubled-digit scoring for the fourth time during the month, and has averaged eight boards over the last three games. While Baynes' minutes continue to be be largely in the teens, he may begin to see additional playing time if teams persist in constantly fouling Drummond due to his ineptitude at the charity stripe.
Baynes contributed eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 25 minutes during the Pistons' 123-114 win over the Rockets on Wednesday. Baynes actually played two more minutes than Andre Drummond on Wednesday--though Drummond was unsurprisingly much more effective. Baynes is averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and one block in 16 minutes per appearance over the last five games, but still makes for a poor option in most leagues.
Baynes, who took a knee to his thigh in Saturday's win over the Warriors, was a full participant in Sunday's practice, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports. Baynes only played nine minutes Saturday, but made the most of his time on the court, accruing 12 points (6-6 FG), four rebounds, and two blocked shots. He'll likely be available for his usual backup role behind Andre Drummond in Monday's tilt with the Bulls.
Baynes (back) returned to action in Tuesday's 93-92 win over the Heat, finishing with one point (0-3 FG, 1-2 FT) and one rebound in 14 minutes. The back issue came at an inconvenient time for Baynes, who was forced to sit out Friday's game against the Bulls, which didn't conclude until after four overtime periods. Starting center Andre Drummond had plenty of time to recover from his 54-minute workload in Friday's game, while the extended break also allowed Baynes to heal up. Baynes will likely continue to see a 10-to-15 minute role off the bench for Detroit in their subsequent contests.
Baynes scored 11 points against the Rockets during a 116-105 win on Monday, adding four rebounds, two assists, and one block. Baynes is the backup center behind Andre Drummond, but seems to benefit from playing time that has come because of Drummond's struggles shooting from the free-throw line at key points in their games. He's not a major scoring threat and doesn't expect to get more than 15 minutes on a given night that Drummond is in the lineup.
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