In an unusual night for the Knicks, both Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon performed exceptionally well against Detroit on Tuesday. Ironically enough, such success only proves just how elevated New York's play would be if it received consistent contributions at these given positions on a nightly basis. The duo was a major key in a decisive 108-96 victory.
Lopez played great defense on Andre Drummond, who, en route to becoming one of the Eastern Conference's top front-court players, is even beating Carmelo Anthony in All-Star votes. Nevertheless, Lopez limited space for Drummond inside, boxed out and played him rather physically. As a result, the Pistons' center shot poorly and failed to pull down boards. His numbers were well off his MVP candidate averages.
While Lopez anchored the defense, Calderon ran the floor like a pro. The Knicks were moving the ball well and players were constantly in motion without it. Calderon pushed the pace and ran the pick and roll nicely, resulting in a 54 percent shooting night for his squad. Needless to say, this victory came easier than expected. Here are some other observations from the win.