4. Jared Dudley just got overpowered
Particularly in the second half Wednesday night, there was a scene that repeated itself time and again. Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin backed the ball into the post against Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley and there wasn’t a thing Dudley could do to stop it.
Griffin is 6-foot-10 and 251 pounds and is an accomplished ball-handler and low-post scorer. Dudley is 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds (give or take) and as recently as four seasons ago was playing regular minutes as a shooting guard.
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Griffin is going to win that matchup just about every trip down the floor and the Pistons repeatedly exploited it. Griffin scored 15 of his team-high 26 points in the second half while also finishing with six assists, tied for game-high honors.
He also went to the foul line 11 times — the choice for Dudley and Treveon Graham, the other Net who spent considerable time getting pushed down into the paint by Griffin, was either foul, get scored on or call for help and pull Jarrett Allen away from the basket.
The latter of those three choices left Andre Drummond to roam free on the glass, where he scored two of Detroit’s three baskets of the game during a game-deciding 6-0 burst late in the fourth quarter.
Dudley finished with one point on 0-of-5 shooting in 36 minutes, missing all four of his 3-point attempts while notching three rebounds, three assists and three steals and posting a minus-8.
He’s getting that much run because of how banged up the Nets are up front, with DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Alan Williams all out and one other player not showing up on coach Kenny Atkinson’s radar for some reason.
Speaking of which …