Andre Drummond runs back on offense with Pistons still on defense

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If JaVale McGee gets a hard time for this:

Andre Drummond deserves a little chastising for this.

(hat tip: commenter ProBasketballPundit for the video)

Amar’e Stoudemire squares up shoots a jumper with 9:58 left in the second quarter of Tuesday’s Pistons-Knicks game.

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Drummond runs out to contest it.

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Then, Drummond backs away as the shot is en route.

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And as the rebound bounces right back to Stoudemire, Drummond turns around and runs back on offense (far right of frame).

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Drummond doesn’t re-enter the picture (far right of frame) for four seconds – an eternity in real time. In that span, Stoudemire passed to Beno Udrih, who held the ball a while before shooting, seemingly scanning the court to figure out why he was so open.

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Maybe the risk/reward of leaving his team to defend 4-on-5 vs. getting an open dunk justifies Drummond turning his back on a rebound coming right to him. But when it backfires, he looks pretty ridiculous.