Drummond was one of three Detroit players to record double-doubles Wednesday (Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings), with the trio combining for 74 points to lead the Pistons, who shot 52.1 percent from the field, to the win. The center also tallied four steals, three blocks and one assist in 30 minutes. He'll match up with the Bucks in Milwaukee Saturday.
"Obviously, you want to be out there to help your team, but Coach is going to feel like it's the best fit, and then you got to understand that he feels a certain way about the right guys that fit at that moment," Drummond said Tuesday.
Drummond struggled at the free-throw line in Monday's loss, going 3 for 12 on free throws in the game but 2 for 10 from the charity stripe in the third quarter.
"What made the decision is we got behind," coach Stan Van Gundy said after the game, per the Detroit Free Press. "They're just going to foul him. The way he was shooting them just made it tough to come back. That was the decision. I wasn't upset or angry with him. I actually thought he played well. But it was clear they were not going to let him get a lay-up. We were going to be playing four-on-five on the offensive end. Maybe you can get away with that when you're ahead, but not when you're behind."
Despite the free-throw struggles, Drummond scored 13 points while hauling in 18 rebounds Monday, leaving him with an average of 12.2 points and 13.0 rebounds in 42 games. Detroit is a 7 1/2-point favorite Wednesday against Orlando.
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With the clock winding down, point guard Brandon Jennings drove the lane and threw up a wild shot, which bounced off the side of the rim. However, Drummond was right there to tip it in for the game-winning bucket.
"We set it up for Brandon (Jennings) to get to his left hand and for me to get an opportunity to tip the ball in," Drummond said. "Brandon did a good job driving the ball and dragging out Roy Hibbert to try to block the shot. He told me he was going to shoot it high so I put myself in the right position so that if he did miss it I could get my hands on it."
It was also Drummond's 21st double-double of the season, tying him for fourth most in the league.
In just 17 minutes, Drummond had four points and five rebounds.
The Pistons are currently 5 1/2-point favorites against Brooklyn.
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