To me, booing your favorite team is something you should never do. Especially when that team has given you more good reasons than bad to cheer for them. Let’s face it folks, the Atlanta Hawks are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference who give the Pistons matchup problems at 4 out of 5 positions on the floor. Losing a lead is unacceptable but even worse is sapping all of the home court advantage out of the arena by booing is even worse.
Will Bynum was the player of the night for the Pistons with his 7 assists and 8 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Bynum put together a complete “point guard” effort by also contributing 3 steals. Let’s look at the lowlights, shan’t we?:
- The play of Josh Smith, Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson were the reason the Hawks were able to come back and win the game. All 3 players had a +/- of +25 or better. All 3 were able to take advantage of mismatches on the floor.
- I thought Ben Wallace was an offensive black hole in the paint for the Pistons, until I saw Jason Collins. Ben Wallace was 1 of 2 players on the Pistons to turn out a positive +/-
- 2 Pistons players played 30 minutes or more – out of 11 players. I’m happy the team has such depth available use, I’m not happy that Coach Kuester doesn’t know how to utilize them properly.
- 11,844 people attended the game – I feel sorry for those that spent their hard earned money to watch that game.
- 27, 24, 17, 11. Those were the point totals for each of the quarters last night. 28 total 2nd half points for the Pistons, after scoring 27 in the 1st quarter.
- 1 reason for the failure? 14 assists at halftime, and only 6 in the 2nd half. The ball has to move.
- Pistons outrebounded 39-26.
- This win was Atlanta’s 8th out of their last 10 games – and this loss gave the Pistons losses in back to back home games.
- Richard Hamilton sat out the game due to a sore groin.
The Pistons have 1 more home game this week, and it comes Wednesday against one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have been on a tear ever since they fired Jim O’Brien, so it will not be an easy game the Pistons.