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The Atlanta Hawks’ brief two game winning streak came crashing down — in dramatic fashion — against the Detroit Pistons, in Atlanta’s final game at The Palace, 118-95. All five of the Pistons’ starters scored in double digits, led by Reggie Jackson’s 26 points. Andre Drummond also chipped in with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 21 points.

First quarter massacre

The Hawks have been prone to a few slow starts this season but last night took it to a whole other level. The Pistons outscored the Hawks 42-18 in the first quarter, the Pistons shooting 61.5% from the field and 6-of-7 from behind the arc.

“They punched us. Punched us hard. We weren’t able to come back from that.” — Paul Millsap

This was the Hawks’ third game in four nights and you could tell that the energy and intensity just wasn’t there. As sluggish as the Hawks were, you have to give the Detroit Pistons a lot of credit. Their intensity and ball movement — an are focus for the Pistons heading into this game was great last night.

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Hawks Fall to Pistons

Bo Churney —  April 9, 2014

There was no local TV for this game. It was a make up for the January 29th game that was postponed due to one of the snowstorms that hit the Atlanta area this year. With baseball season now underway, neither team had its normal crew on site.

Let’s just say that nothing of value was lost.

Both teams played extremely sloppy games, with the two teams combining for 31 total turnovers. Neither team shot above 43% from the field and 56 total free throws were attempted. It was just everything you don’t want to see about a basketball game.

The Hawks’ losing effort was led by Paul Millsap, who was nursing a sore right thumb. Even with the injury forcing him to be more proactive with his off-hand, Millsap still managed to scored 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field. Millsap also had 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block to round out his stat line. Continue Reading…

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 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 96, Pistons 89

Bo Churney —  November 23, 2013

FINAL

DET(4-8) 89 – 96 (8-5)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 18 pts, 6 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
A. Drummond (DET): 15 pts, 16 reb, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks swept the home-and-home series against the Pistons, winning Friday night by a score of 96-89. The Hawks were really in control for the entire game, even though the Pistons led for a brief period of time in the fourth quarter. Jeff Teague had another masterful night running the offense and Al Horford got his double-double steelo back by recording 17 points and 11 boards. Josh Smith had another awful game for the Pistons, as he went 0-for-7 from the field with zero points off the bench. With this win, the Hawks are currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: After going eight straight games without double-digit rebounds, Al grabbed 11 on Friday night to end that streak. Al had the highest plus-minus rating on the night, registering a plus-14. He was great defensively and his offense was equally impressive, as his and Teague’s running of the pick-and-roll was a large part of the Atlanta offense, even if the stats didn’t show up for Al in the box score. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Jennings did rack up 14 assists, but Jeff was definitely better on defense on Friday than he was in Wednesday’s matchup; Jennings was 4-for-16 from the field. On offense, Jeff was masterful once again, putting up 18 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. At this point in the season, it’s really hard to say there are a lot of point guards out there that are better than running an offense than Jeff Teague. Oh, and he had an amazing chase-down block on Brandon Jennings, but I can’t seem to find a good video of that. 9/10

Paul Millsap: When was the last time Millsap led the team in minutes? Well, he got 34 on the night and produced 14 points and seven rebounds. Otherwise, I’m not really sure what else to say about him… his production was solid, but very quiet. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre was all over the place in the fourth quarter. In that quarter alone, he had nine points, three offensive rebounds, and three steals. When the Pistons got ahead for a moment in the fourth, it was really DeMarre’s activity on both ends of the floor that allowed the Hawks to pull back ahead and stay ahead. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Something something streak, something something 86 games. Kyle was hot on the night, hitting four of his six attempts from beyond the arc. Korver scored 14 points in the game and his true-shooting percentage is up to 72.6%, which leads all qualified NBA players. 8/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 93, Pistons 85

Bo Churney —  November 21, 2013

FINAL

DET(4-7) 85 – 93 (7-5)ATL

Key Performers:
D. Carroll (ATL): 11 pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
B. Jennings (DET): 21 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This isn’t the place to talk about Josh Smith’s return to Atlanta; you can see that here.

The Hawks used a 50-39 second half score to beat the Pistons in the first of their four matchups this season. Despite the victory, the Hawks had a lot of holes, turning the ball over 21 times and allowing the Pistons to get 15 offensive rebounds. The Hawks did control the paint on the offensive end, however, by getting to the free throw line 24 times. In true Hawk fashion, they only made 70% of those free throws.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Odd game from Horford in this one. He only took seven shots, but the Hawks were able to use his masterful defensive performance to carry them over the top. Horford had five blocked shots on the night, and he was a menace for Detroit’s pick-and-roll attack. That being said, I’d still prefer him to be taking more than seven shots in a game. 7.5/10

Jeff Teague: Five turnovers from Teague, but that was a team issue tonight more than it was a Jeff issue. Otherwise, Teague was great at running the offense, finishing the game with 18 points and seven assists. Defensively, he was a bit of a mess tonight, as he let Brandon Jennings get away from him way too often. 6/10

Paul Millsap: Good to see Paul back in the starting lineup after sitting out the Miami game. Millsap did well, scoring 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting. That was about it, as he only played 28 minutes on the night. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre might have been the best player on the floor for the Hawks in last night’s game. He did very well at limiting Josh Smith’s opportunities in the paint, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, and even added 11 points, three assists, two blocks, and two steals. Great job by DeMarre to fill up the stat sheet. 9/10

Kyle Korver: Speaking of stat sheets, the way Kyle is filling up the box score so far this season is pretty impressive. On the season, Kyle is averaging over 12 points, four rebounds, almost three assists, and a steal and a block. Oh, and he’s shooting over 50% on threes and has a three-point streak of 85 games. 6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 126, Pistons 119

Bo Churney —  December 27, 2012

FINAL, 2OT

DET(9-22) 119 – 126 (17-9) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 31 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast
W. Bynum (DET): 31 pts, 4 reb, 4 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Is there a such a thing as a bad win? The Hawks did have a 22 point lead in the fourth, but Will Bynum evaporated that with his 20-point fourth quarter. The two teams then went back and fourth in the overtimes, with Jeff Teague finally powering the Hawks through in the second OT period. As Larry Drew said post-game, the Hawks still have to work on their killer instinct (85 Piston bench points?) and free throws, because performances like this are going to come back and bite them at some point. They can’t afford to be outrebounded 62-47 on most nights, either.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh was absolutely unstoppable for the first three quarters. He several dunks, a few nice post moves, and was even hitting his jumpers. However, he didn’t do much in the last 22 minutes of the game, going 0-7 in the fourth and two OTs. He had some critical defensive plays, including a probable goaltend on Will Bynum that wasn’t called. His did have some key passes in that stretch, but he could have easily had 40 in this one. 8/10

Al Horford: Horford had a quiet 22 and 10, but the loudest thing he did was missing key free throws late in the game. This game actually could have been over in regulation if Horford had hit a free throw when there was only a second left. Drummond also destroyed him on the boards. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Can’t be 2-11 on shots when most of the looks you are getting are wide-open. In fact, I’m pretty sure Tayshaun Prince was taken out of the game in the first quarter because of how many easy looks Kyle was getting. 2/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff’s performance in that second overtime is why the Hawks won this game, but he needs to stay aggressive the whole game on offense. I like the 17 points and 11 assists, but he became passive in that fourth quarter that saw the Hawks get outscored by a margin of 39-20. Oh, and he couldn’t stay in front of Will Bynum. Whoops. 6/10 Continue Reading…