RECAP: Pistons 115, Hawks 107

Cole Patty —  February 22, 2014

FINAL

DET(23-32) 115 – 107 (25-29)ATL

Key Performers:
G. Monroe (DET): 22 pts, 15 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
P. Millsap (ATL): 23 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Both the Hawks and Pistons came into Friday night struggling to find themselves. Atlanta, battling through a myriad of injuries, had lost seven straight games heading into the Palace of Auburn Hills. While Detroit, under interim head coach John Loyer, had a three game losing streak of their own after winning their first game without summer hire Maurice Cheeks.

Something had to give, and it looked like it would be the Hawks’ streak in the first half. Powered behind an eight minute stretch where they team hit all thirteen shots they attempted, Atlanta pushed to an 11 point lead at halftime. Unfortunately for all the strengths the team showed through two quarters, it all fell apart in the third. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe ate up all the potential rebounds on their offensive glass, and Detroit had a 34 point third quarter. While Atlanta, who went into halftime shooting almost 60 percent, went 11-36 from the field in the second half. By the time Kyle Singler hit his second corner three in the last two minutes, it was over. And the Hawks losing streak was extended to eight.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Millsap had a great game tonight in spite of the team falling short in the end. 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists is nothing to sneeze at, especially when he hit three out of his four shots from deep and found his way to the line enough times to gather 8 free throw attempts. He did what he could to put the team in good position to get the win. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll’s impact on the game was small compared to his fellow starters, and it wasn’t special in anyway either. He was 2-7 from the field, was non-existent on the glass — in a game where he guards Josh Smith, that’s a priority —  and didn’t wreak any havoc defensively. 3/10

Kyle Korver: It wasn’t the best shooting night Korver has had this season, but it was also one of his better nights outside of scoring the basketball. He found a way to get three steals in the first quarter, supplied four assists, and helped clean the glass with 7 rebounds. He wasn’t a protruding positive with his play, but did all the little things to avoid being a minus. 5/10

Elton Brand: Brand did his best against an ultra big Pistons squad. He hustled, grabbed almost half of Atlanta’s offensive rebounds, and tried to defend well. Drummond and Monroe just weren’t having any of it. Despite two blocks from Elton, the Detroit duo went 20-28 from the field. That’s an issue. Brand might not have been the problem, but he didn’t look like the solution either. 4/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack’s statline is a lot prettier than his actual impact on this game. He scored the ball well on Brandon Jennings, which isn’t a surprise. His 21 points were actually a career high. However, as a facilitator, he was bland. Korver and Carroll combined for 5 turnovers, and both players are the kinds of guys you don’t want to see the ball in their hands outside of shooting the basketball. Shelvin scored well, but didn’t command the offense in a confident manner and that held weight in this contest. He also came away with a few turnover though, and had some really nice hustling rebounds in a spot start for Teague. 7/10

Mike Scott: On offense, Most Improved Player this season. Defensively, a few boneheaded plays knock down his rating. 8/10

Lou Williams: Early on, it seemed like Williams had his legs under him. He had nice lift on a dunk, and made some shots early. Later in the game though, his shot seemed to be falling less and he finished a similar fast break with a more lackadaisical layup. Hard to penalize a man who came back so quickly after an ACL tear. As a facilitator of the offense however, he was dynamite. Eight assists, zero turnovers. 7/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier Martin had a very pedestrian game. He did the kinds of things the Hawks have asked him to do all season, and that’s a-ok. 5/10

Mike Budenhozler: What more can he do? He’s missing three centers and just played the biggest team in the East. If the Hawks had someone with more size tonight, they could have easily won this game. 6/10

Opposition: We saw the wide range of colors this team has shown all year. First they can’t play a lick of defense, while really looking chaotic offensively with Brandon Jennings missing his first eight shots. Then they come roaring back when Brandon starts getting a few foul calls and they start beating their opponents up on the offense boards. First half would be about a 2/10, while the second half might have honestly been a 10. So we’ll meet in the middle and round up, since they did win and all. 6/10  

Next: Atlanta vs New York, Saturday, February 22nd

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