The 31-29 Pistons look to make it five straight wins tonight on a second game of a back to back against the 34-28 Atlanta Hawks on the road. Not only could a win extend the Pistons streak, it will also help them in the playoff race. Atlanta (4) has dropped six of eight and are coming off a 98-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday and with Detroit (6) just two games back of the Hawks, this could help them inch closer for a higher seed come playoff time.
Things are looking up in Motown
“It’s a good time for us to make a run now,” Hamilton said. “We pretty much know we can’t get the one, two or three seed, we’re so far behind. But we can definitely shoot for the fourth.” Via NBA.com
Not so much in Hotlanta.
“Guys aren’t serious about what’s at hand,” said coach Mike Woodson, who saw his team’s lead over fifth-place Miami shrink to a half-game. “And what’s at hand is us winning this fourth spot and holding it down. So we’ve got to go home now and see what we’re made of.” Via NBA.com
We may not even see Josh Smith tonight after he had a heated incident with his coach on court.
Josh Smith didn’t play in the second half Friday after he got into a heated exchange with Woodson at halftime that could be heard in the hallway outside the locker room. Smith, who had 13 points in the first two quarters, spent the second half sitting in the middle of the bench with a towel draped over his back.
“I don’t want to talk about that right now,” Smith said when asked about the benching.
Woodson wouldn’t say whether the team’s third-leading scorer would play Saturday.
“We’ll determine that tomorrow,” he said. Via NBA.com
Sad really, as good as Smith is, I think his immaturity has plagued him his entire (though short) career.
Tip off is at 7:00 PM and will be locally broadcast on FSN PLUS. If you can’t catch the broadcast you can tune into 1130 AM WDFN. If you can’t do either, follow the game live or listen to the stream over at NBA.com.
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