Paul George has relished his opportunity to play a larger role for the Indiana Pacers as Danny Granger continues to recover from a knee injury.

The Detroit Pistons, though, found out what he was capable of last season.

After another solid performance, George looks to help guide Indiana to a season-best third consecutive victory Saturday night against Detroit, which has won three straight home meetings in the series.

(Editor’s note: Second in a series of stories coming on over the next several with Joe Dumars and his perspective on the Pistons.)

Joe Dumars played with Dennis Rodman and traded for Ben Wallace. He knows a thing or two about players with the rare ability to consistently make take-your-breath-away defensive plays.

He sees that quality in Andre Drummond. With all the caveats about the distance Drummond still must travel to match those players for durability and consistent impact, it’s so far, so good from Joe D’s perspective.

BROOKLYN – Lawrence Frank has mixed feelings about facing the franchise that gave him his first head coaching opportunity. He’s happy for the people who brought to life what often seemed a pipedream, but wistful that the rebirth of the Nets in Brooklyn came at the expense of fans in his native New Jersey.

“It’s a little bit bittersweet,” he said. “You hate to see your state lose a team, yet I do know all the equity they put into it. So I’m happy for them.”