This is what a good bench does.
As Pistons center Andre Drummond sloshed through a foul-ridden first half in which he managed just two points and a pair of rebounds, the bulk of the frontcourt load fell upon the shoulders of reserve big man Aron Baynes during the first three quarters of Wednesday’s 99-94 win over the Boston Celtics.
Granted, the Pistons’ second unit still ranks among the league’s worst statistically. And sure, Aron Baynes typically isn’t considered a nightly 20-rebound threat. But when it comes to putting opponents on posters, the 29-year-old Australian doesn’t seem to mind taking his turn when Drummond’s catching a breather.
Tonight’s victim – R.J. Hunter:
Hunter, to his credit, didn’t hesitate to make the necessary rotation despite giving up a half a foot to the airborne Aussie. This just happened to be a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Baynes finished with six points, six rebounds, and four assists in the win.