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Pistons’ Derrick Rose ‘surprised’ Sekou Doumbouya isn’t ‘scared’ of big matchups

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Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose has come away very impressed with rookie Sekou Doumbouya, who is the youngest player in the NBA at 19.

Doumbouya has started the last eight games for the Pistons. During that span, the youngster has gone up against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Draymond Green, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Gordon Hayward, and yet he hasn’t flinched once.

That’s something Rose has been “surprised” by:

“I’m just surprised at the way he’s not scared of matchups,” Derrick Rose said of Sekou Doumbouya, via Pistons.com. “LeBron, Kawhi, Paul George, Draymond, K-Love. Person after person, but he doesn’t care. That’s what this league is about – no boys allowed.”

Over his last eight games, Doumbouya is averaging 14.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 54.4 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Doumbouya put up 24 points on Wednesday to help the Pistons get an impressive road win over the Boston Celtics. Rose scored 22 points and dished out six assists while shooting 11-of-13 from the floor. He’s now scored at least 20 points in seven straight games for the Pistons.

The Pistons are 15-27 on the season. They are technically still in the playoff race out East, as they sit four games back of the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot.