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Andre Drummond’s glass act a big challenge for Nets

Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) grabs a rebound

Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) grabs a rebound away from Milwaukee Bucks' Mirza Teletovic (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Credit: AP / Duane Burleson

The final score was rather one-sided in Chicago’s favor Monday night at Barclays Center: 118-88. The final score on the boards was also a problem for the Nets: 58-45. And now the NBA’s chairman of the boards is coming to town.

Andre Drummond was coming off games of 20 and 23 rebounds when Detroit hosted the Knicks Tuesday night. The 6-11, $130-million center led the league last season at 14.8 and was leading again at 16.3 after the Pistons’ 2-1 start. He grabbed 21 against the Nets in the preseason opener.

“That’s the ultimate challenge,” coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday.

So after the first blowout loss in their 1-3 start, the Nets will have to try to rebound in more ways than one at Barclays Center Wednesday night against Drummond, Half Hollow Hills West alum Tobias Harris and the rest of the Pistons.

The Nets showed up at the HSS Training Center as the NBA’s fifth-worst team in rebounds allowed, yielding an average of 49.8.

“It was a concern in the preseason,” Atkinson said about the rebounding. “Everybody is going to say, ‘It’s Brook [Lopez] and it’s [Luis] Scola and all our big guys.’ ”

But it’s more than that.

“I think the guards have to come back and rebound,” point guard Jeremy Lin said. “I think bigs have to just keep the other bigs off the glass. And I think it has to be more like we just need to get it done . . . With the rebounds, usually the hungrier person gets it.”

The Nets will need to feel famished against Detroit.

“We understand it’s a weakness and an area we’ve got to get better,” Atkinson said.

Lin didn’t make a big deal out of the Nets’ low-energy effort against Chicago.

“The first three games, we played hard as hell,” Lin said.

This last game was their third in four nights.

“A lot of people are still trying to figure out what it means to play in this league every night,” Lin said. “It’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is. If someone just traveled with us on our road schedule, that alone would tire out a human being. Now playing on top of that and doing all the things that we’re doing and how much mental pressure and stress [we have], some of the guys haven’t been through it.”

Second-year swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson saw motivation emerging from the ruins, saying, “It kind of put a little fuel in us to not let that happen again.”

Notes & quotes: Atkinson said guards Randy Foye (strained right hamstring), who missed the first four games, and Greivis Vasquez (sore right ankle), who missed the Chicago game, are day-to-day.


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