The #Pistons lost another to the Hawks Friday night 96-89 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As if two losses in a row to the Atlanta Hawks didn’t hurt Detroit enough we find out there is a little added early drama to start the lackluster season. Josh Smith came off the bench for the first time since 2005. Smith didn’t come off the bench because his shot wasn’t hitting, even though it’s not. Cheeks sat the Pistons star free agent signing because he skipped practice.
Smith skipped Thursday’s practice after Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta.
Maurice Cheeks: “I called a practice and he didn’t get back to practice.”
Cheeks said he decided to practice on the team flight back from Atlanta and when Smith didn’t return, Cheeks made the call minutes before Friday night’s game when he informed the team.
“He just didn’t get back,” Cheeks said when asked what was the reason Smith gave for not making practice. Via The Detroit News
- Smith sure could have used some practice he couldn’t’ hit a shot Friday night going 0-for-7 in 19:32 on the floor. Not a great way to start your tenure with a new team. It reminds me of a certain someone who decided to skip a Thanksgiving practice when he got traded to Detroit. Wasn’t necessarily stoked at the Smith signing and this doesn’t help matters.
- Smith hasn’t went scoreless since December of 2004.
- Kyle Singler starter in place of Smith and scored a game hight 22 points.
- Once again Jeff Teague did all the right things for the Hawks. When Brandon Jennings picked his pocket and when the other way for an easy layup the 6″2 Teague hustled back and blocked his shot. That pretty much put the game away for the Hawks. Atlanta led 92-89 at that point and Detroit didn’t score the rest of the way.
- For as bad as Detroit played, they were in that game until the final two minutes.
- Despite Brandon Jennings 14 assists on the night he was brutal in the final minutes of the game. He was just 1-of-6 in the final eight minutes of the game. He finished with eight points.
- It’s getting pretty scary, we know they are having huge issues on the defensive end and now they’re so called sharp shooters can’t score.
- Kentavous Caldwell-Pope was just 4-of-14 for nine points, and three boards. He had a few nice defensive plays on the night and finished with 4 steals.
- There was a two-minute Jerebko sighting.
- Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double.
- Why aren’t they running more plays for Monroe and Drummond in the paint. They should be targeting them early and getting the bulk of their points from the big guys since no one else can seem to hit their shots.
- Drummond with another huge game. Dre scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting for 15 points and 16 boards. Add the two blocked shots and we have an All-Star on our hands.
- Josh Harrellson is proving he should get more minutes. He scored seven on 3-of-3 shooting with five boards in just 11:13 on the floor.
- Singler with hustle out of the gate scoring a career high 22 points with three boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
- Stuckey won’t let up! Rodney with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five boards and an assist in 30:48. Where has this Stuckey been?
- Monore with 11 points and 11 boards.
Highlights via NBA.com
- It’s one thing to be in almost every game that they play, but they have got to find out what they need to do to win them.
- Let’s see what they can do Sunday in Brooklyn.
Take the Cavaliers game played 24 hours earlier, but reverse the outcome and you have the Pistons/Hawks match up in a nutshell. The 116-84 loss to the Hawks was the Pistons 39th of the year.
- Lawrence Frank rested Ben Wallace and Tayshaun Prince.
- Austin Daye a chance to start to I’m sure see what his future holds in the Motor City. Daye did less than impress going just 1-for-11 with 4 points on the night in 29 minutes on the floor for the Pistons. He’s not doing much to make his case here, or in the league for that matter. He’s got to work through whatever it is that has him in this funk. I know we have been down on him this season, but he looked turrrable last night.
- Ex Pistons (for a season) Tracy McGrady had a season high 17 against his former team.
- Pistons starters just 30 points.
- It was as bad as this…the Hawks led 40-20 after the first.
- At this point it’s about the lottery and finding out who’s going to be here next season.
- Stuckey scoreless.
- Greg Monroe scored 17 points and was the only Detroit starter in double figures.
- Macklin time! Vernon Macklin got his first minutes since returning from his D-League stint, when he averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds in 10 games. Macklin showed promise scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds in 23 minutes.
- Vernon Macklin: “I’m glad Coach gave me the opportunity to go out and play significant minutes,” he said. “It felt great. I’m just disappointed we lost. We’re going to regroup and just keep on working harder. I can say I gained a lot of confidence by getting an opportunity to play and getting some touches down in the D-League. I think I did OK. That’s about it.”
- Want to watch the lowlights?
- Walker D wants to stay in the “D”, not the D-League. The Walkman scored 15 on 5-for-8 shooting with an assist, a steal and 2 boards in 12 minutes.
- Charlie V with 14 on 5-for-11 shooting.
- Another game tonight against the Kevin Loveless Timberwolves at the Palace should be interesting.
The Hawks snapped the #Pistons three game winning streak 101-96 Friday night in Atlanta. The playoff bound Hawks had their hands full at home with the now 21-34 Pistons in a game that was decided in the final minutes.
- Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons off the bench with 27 points on 8-for-22 shooting going 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Stuckey looks healthy and 29 minutes on the floor probably attests to that.
- Tayshaun Prince scored 10 points with 2 blocked shots, 2 assists and 5 boards in 31 minutes was a -30 in the +/-, but his posterizing dunk over Marvin Williams in the fourth quarter almost made up for that.
- Another night where the bench sparked the team. The group of Stuckey, Bynum, Jerebko, Ben Wallace and Damien Wilkins sparked an 11-0 run in the second quarter and a 9-0 run to open the fourth.
- Seven boards for Big Ben in 16 minutes.
- Defensive debacle, the Pistons allowed the Hawks 32 points in the paint by the half and 54 by the end of the game.
Greg Monroe: “We’ve got to do a better job of keeping them out of the paint, it’s simple. We can’t let them get easy buckets at the rim. It’s team defense. It’s something we still have to get better at. (Teague) had a big game tonight. It’s team defense. We have to keep working at it.”
- Jeff Teague and Josh Smith were all that the Hawks really needed. Teague scored 24 points and 11 assists and Smith with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
- Don’t think for a moment this was all Hawks, the Pistons 85-84 with 5 minutes left in the game.
- The Hawks biggest lead was 12, and the Pistons was 6.
- A combined 10 points from Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe.
- Hawks scored 27 points of 17 Pistons turnovers.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- Bynum was a huge spark for Detroit putting up 15 points, with 4 boards in 26 minutes on the floor.
- Damion Wilkins also did a nice job in front of his uncle the Human Highlight film. Wilkins with 5 points, 3 boards and a blocked shot in 18 minutes.
- Brandon Knight with 13 points and 2 assists. Seems as though both he and Greg Monroe have been having a little bit of trouble since the all-star break. Neither of them are putting up the numbers they were to start the season.
- Despite the loss, you can see that the team is finding out how to win with whoever has the hot, or not so hot hand. Lets give some credit where credit is due. Did you think Lawrence Frank could make this team look this good after the start that they had?
- Miami on Easter Sunday, do I have to watch those three and their “fans” and ruin a perfectly good holiday?