There was only one game in the NBA today which involved an Australian.
Aron Baynes and the Detroit Pistons hosted the incredibly inconsistent Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately for the Pistons the good Indiana Pacers turned up today, beating Detroit 105-90
After getting in early foul trouble last game, Baynes was more careful this game. However, Baynes only played eight minutes in this contest that was only close in first quarter. Detroit would have led going into the first change except for the contested three that Paul George hit with 0.9 seconds left on the clock in the first.
Andre Drummond played 34 minutes in the game which is a big reason that Baynes played such a short period of time. That and coach Stan Van Gundy may have been protecting his main back up center from injury, giving the junk time minutes to Boban Marjanovic.
In his eight minutes, Baynes was not as effective as usual, the Pistons having a net rating of -6 when Baynes was on the floor. This was better than any starters rate, with only the players who played when the sting had gone out of the game having positive net ratings.
Baynes did not have his usual impact on games however. He was against three quality centers in Myles Turner, Al Jefferson and defensive specialist Lavoy Allen. Baynes had four points on 1-of-3 shooting as well as going a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. Baynes also collected four rebounds in the short time that he was on. Fortunately he did not repeat his effort against the Wizards where he picked up three fouls in just under four minutes. Today, Baynes only picked up two fouls in eight minutes, both before half time.