Enes Kanter is a rebounding machine
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While Theis blocked four shots and provided some offense with 8 points, Kanter really came in and dominated the boards, thus neutralizing the effect of Drummond.
On Friday night, it was a different story as Kanter pulled down 18 rebounds, including 5 offensive rebounds, which really took Andre Drummond out of the game.
"“They did a great job of boxing out, of taking two guys and taking Andre out,” Pistons head coach Dwane Casey admitted following the game, via Yahoo Sports! “They are a well-rounded roster and there are a lot of bigs that are very physical, and they did a good job of keeping us off the boards.”"
It’s funny Casey should complement the Boston Celtics bigs as that is the one area that many NBA insiders and fans feel need an upgrade. To go on a deep run in the playoffs, they certainly need another front court presence, but in the regular season, the combination of Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, along with Robert Williams when he returns is serviceable.
In out-rebounding the Pistons 51-36, the presence of Kanter is making an impact on the boards even with his flaws defensively. As of now, that’s more than good enough.