DETROIT — Pistons middle Andre Drummond set a profession excessive at no cost throw makes in a recreation on Friday evening, sinking 14 of his 16 free throw makes an attempt in a 105-96 win over the Bucks.
Drummond, a profession 38.four % free throw shooter, has improved dramatically this season after engaged on his foul photographs all summer time. After his efficiency towards the Bucks, Drummond is 28-for-36 on the season, a lot to the delight of his teammates and coaches.
“Obviously [the Bucks’] idea was, ‘We’ll just let him catch the ball and then we’ll hammer him.’ I don’t think that strategy is going to work this year,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy stated. “I don’t. A night like tonight, that’s not a fluke. If you’re a 35 percent shooter in your career and you go 8-for-16, ah, maybe you just had a good night, but 14-for-16? And you saw them, they all looked good. It wasn’t banking them in.”
Drummond notes a renewed focus on the line and in his psychological strategy as the explanation why he has improved so dramatically. He frolicked working with two totally different trainers over the summer time so he may discover a distinction this season on the charity stripe.
“It’s just a testament, over the years, not even just the summer, just throughout the years, the hard work I’ve put in to finding something that really works,” Drummond stated after the sport. “And me feeling mentally strong if I do miss a shot to come back and knock down the next [ones] after that. It’s just a mental toughness thing — being ready all the time to shoot the same shot.”
Drummond has the identical routine every time he goes to the road now. He takes a deep breath, stares towards the rim after which bends his knees even decrease than he has up to now. It’s a recipe that has served him properly throughout the first month of the season.
“He’s probably one of our best free throw shooters at this point,” Pistons veteran Anthony Tolliver stated. “It just changes everything. It changes the entire makeup of our team. As long as he continues that, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
Nobody throughout the Pistons’ locker room appears all that stunned at Drummond’s latest transformation after seeing the work he has put in over the previous few months.
“We’ve seen it coming the whole preseason,” Van Gundy stated. “Early in the season and training camp, so we’ve seen it for a solid five or six weeks now, so I’m not surprised by it tonight.”
For his half, Drummond is attempting to take his newfound weapon in stride. He appreciated the standing ovation he acquired after making a pleasant steal after which knocking residence one other free throw on the finish of the third quarter. He is aware of he has come a great distance and is happy with the work he has put in to get up to now.
“I wasn’t even counting, but after the fourth quarter [started] I got up to the line and [went], ‘Damn, I’ve been up here a lot today,'” Drummond stated. “But it was good to see them go in.”