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Detroit Pistons V. Atlanta Hawks



  • Taking care of business is something the Detroit Pistons will have to do to improve on last year\u2019s 41-41 season that landed them the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.\nThe Atlanta Hawks prove to be a fierce challenge, markedly improved off from last year and with a young core that doesn\u2019t know any better than to play hard every night and give everyone their best shot.\nEven last year the Pistons had their hands full with the Hawks, taking the season series 2-1 with two of those games decided by three points each.\nThe series opened with a Pistons\u2019 124-109 win in Atlanta in November. Detroit shot an impressive 20-for-47 from 3-point range and it\u2019s a good thing it did. Atlanta was 30-for-40 from the free throw line as the Pistons committed 31 fouls. Detroit had seven players in double figures, led by Andre Drummond\u2018s 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. John Collins and Luke Kennard were notable inactives.\n\n \n \n Related Story:\u00a0Why the Detroit Pistons are the ultimate Labor Day team\n \n \n\n\nRight before Christmas, the Hawks escaped the Motor City with a 98-95 win. Atlanta was, again, efficient from the free throw line, going 20-for-25 while only shooting 39.6 percent from the floor. It\u2019s a game the Pistons should have had with John Collins and Taurean Prince inactive. But the home team could only muster 41 percent from the floor and a 10-for-29 clip from distance. Vince Carter scored 18 points off the bench. Meanwhile Blake Griffin struggled, shooting 4-for-14 though he scored 15 points.\nDetroit won the season series with a late-February tilt in Atlanta, a 125-122 win. Reggie Jackson and Trae Young went toe-to-toe with Jackson gaining the edge with 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting, eight assists and five rebounds. Not to be outdone, Young scored 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting, hitting five 3-pointers. The Pistons maintained ball security with only eight turnovers in the contest to Atlanta\u2019s 18.\nAtlanta had a fair amount of roster turnover this summer. Let\u2019s see how things turned out heading into training camp.\n\n \n Next:\u00a0Atlanta Hawks offseason moves\n \n"},"title":"Detroit Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks 2019-20 preview","permalink":"https:\/\/pistonpowered.com\/2019\/09\/03\/detroit-pistons-vs-atlanta-hawks-2019-20-preview\/2\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tAtlanta Hawks Cam Reddish, Bruno Fernando and De\u2019Andre Hunter. (Photo by Brian Babineau\/NBAE via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\nAtlanta Hawks offseason moves\nAtlanta has noticeably improved its young nucleus, turning into a Top 5 League Pass team to watch this season. The additions of Cam Reddish, Bruno Fernando and De\u2019Andre Hunter are going to be key to help the growth of Young and Collins.\nThe core was set up by sending the eighth, 17th and 35th overall picks to the New Orleans Pelicans for the fourth pick, which was when Hunter was drafted, rotational wing Solomon Hill and a future second round pick.\nReddish was selected with the 10th overall pick, giving the Hawks a pair of young wings that can defend multiple positions. Fernando is a 6-foot-10, 240-pound center selected 34th overall that could provide added depth to their rotation.\n\n \n \n Related Story:\u00a0Updating the Detroit Pistons 2019-20 roster\n \n \n\n\nAdd in 3-point marksman Kevin Huerter and promising wing DeAndre\u2019 Bembry and the Hawks are building a strong foundation.\nAtlanta made a host of other moves, including taking on the larger contracts of Chandler Parsons in a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee, Evan Turner in a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers for Kent Bazemore and Allen Crabbe in a deal with the Brooklyn Nets for Taurean Prince and a second round pick.\n\t\tMore from Pistons News\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tDetroit Pistons lottery odds: How do tiebreakers work?\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tDetroit Pistons forced into unlikely clutch-time lineup\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tNBA rookie rankings: Pistons surging late but on the fringes\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tThe dream offseason for the Detroit Pistons could happen\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tPistons news: Tip-ins, fast breaks and what was Omoruyi thinking?\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\nKey additions: De\u2019Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Bruno Fernando, Chandler Parsons, Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe, Jabari Parker\nKey losses: Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Dwayne Dedmon, Jeremy Lin, Vince Carter\nThe additional wing depth and veteran presence will be a welcoming sight for the Hawks. Though they only have five players \u2013 Parsons, Turner, Crabbe, Parker and Alex Len \u2013 with five-plus years of NBA experience.\nDetroit will have to rely on its veteran presence to take advantage of youthful mistakes when they happen.\n\n \n Next:\u00a0Pistons match up on offense\n \n","title":"Detroit Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks 2019-20 preview","permalink":"https:\/\/pistonpowered.com\/2019\/09\/03\/detroit-pistons-vs-atlanta-hawks-2019-20-preview\/3\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tDetroit Pistons Andre Drummond dunks against the Atlanta Hawks. (Photo by Brian Sevald\/NBAE via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\nPistons offensive match up\nDrummond has had his fair share of success against the Hawks. Last season he averaged 20.7 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 62.5 percent. Granted two of those three games were without John Collins matching up with him.\nBut Drummond is the ticket to Pistons\u2019 success inside. The Hawks have depth in the backcourt and on the wing but squaring off against Collins and Len is a good opportunity for Drummond to score in spurts.\n\n \n \n Related Story:\u00a0Breaking down potential Pistons rotations in 2019-20\n \n \n\n\nThe wing depth and defensive versatility of the Hawks will make it tough on Detroit shooters but Jackson, Kennard and Snell can all have success as spot-up shooters.\nAtlanta did a tremendous job at taking Griffin out of the game. In last year\u2019s three-game series, he scored 12 points per game on 12-of-37 (32.4 percent) shooting and 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range. His 24.6 usage rate and 41.7 true shooting percentage were by far the lowest against any opponent last season.\nLook for Griffin to get more touches early in possessions to allow the Pistons to get into their offense and provide more opportunities and spacing for the wings to play off the ball.\n\n \n Next:\u00a0Pistons defensive matchup\n \n","title":"Detroit Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks 2019-20 preview","permalink":"https:\/\/pistonpowered.com\/2019\/09\/03\/detroit-pistons-vs-atlanta-hawks-2019-20-preview\/4\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tDetroit Pistons Bruce Brown defends Atlanta Hawks Trae Young. (Photo by Dave Reginek\/Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\nPistons defensive matchup\nEverything starts and stops with Trae Young, who averaged 19.3 points and 7 assists per game in the series with Detroit. The Pistons threw several defenders at him, including Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock, Langston Galloway, Jackson and Bruce Brown.\nIf Brown is the best on-ball defender the Pistons have, then he should draw the assignment more times than not. His quickness to stick with Young is an asset where taking away penetration will take Young out of his offense. He only hit five 3-pointers in the series, all of which came in his 30-point game.\n\n \n \n Related Story:\u00a0Each Pistons' best- and worst-case scenarios in 2019-20\n \n \n\n\nBeyond that, the Pistons need to defend without fouling. Atlanta shot 84 free throws in three games and connected 78.6 percent of the time. There\u2019s no defense for uncontested shots with the clock stopped, so that\u2019s a point of emphasis.\nThe new-look Hawks will have their fair share of 3-point struggles this season. Of the new additions, only Crabbe is a reliable threat. He converted 37.8 percent of 3-point attempts last season, which is lower than his 39.3 career percentage.\nKeeping Atlanta out of the paint and off the charity stripe will be key.\n\n \n Next:\u00a0Predicting the series\n \n","title":"Detroit Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks 2019-20 preview","permalink":"https:\/\/pistonpowered.com\/2019\/09\/03\/detroit-pistons-vs-atlanta-hawks-2019-20-preview\/5\/","shortCodeTitle":null,"content":"\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\tDetroit Pistons Blake Griffin defended by Atlanta Hawks John Collins. (Photo by Scott Cunningham\/NBAE via Getty Images)\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\nPredicting the series\nGame 1: Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena\nGame 2: Nov. 22, 7 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena\nGame 3: Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Arena\nGame 4: April 7, 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Arena\n \t\n \t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.cmd.push(function () \n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.defineSlot(\"\/175840252\/fansided.com\/PistonPowered\/mpu\",[300, 250], \"minutemedia_slideshow_inline_300x250__desktop__tablet\")\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.addService(googletag.pubads());\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.enableServices();\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tgoogletag.display(\"minutemedia_slideshow_inline_300x250__desktop__tablet\");\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t);\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t \n\t\t\t\t\t\n \t\n \t\n \nDetroit will face the Hawks twice in the middle of a three games in four days stretch, including the home opener in October and in November. The first meeting is the second game of a back-to-back, when the Pistons will be traveling in from Indianapolis. The other home game is the first game of a back-to-back but there is an off day upon returning from Boston.\nTravel and condensed games is always an interesting component in the NBA and has been a point of emphasis in scheduling over the past few years. Even still, the Pistons were granted no favors early on against the Hawks, who finished 27-55 last season. That was good for the fifth-worst record in the league.\n\n\tMore from PistonPowered\n\t\n\t\t\tDetroit Pistons lottery odds: How do tiebreakers work?\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tDetroit Pistons forced into unlikely clutch-time lineup\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tNBA rookie rankings: Pistons surging late but on the fringes\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tThe dream offseason for the Detroit Pistons could happen\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tPistons news: Tip-ins, fast breaks and what was Omoruyi thinking?\n\t\t\t\t\n\nIt\u2019s imperative that the Pistons take care of business early in the season with the easiest pre-All-Star break schedule in the league and the most difficult March. The latter could cause a slip up in late April, when Detroit finishes with six of its last eight games on the road.\nPrediction: Pistons win series 3-1\nAny worse and the Pistons will be in a tough spot. Granted, this is a prediction based off fully-healthy rosters on both ends and doesn\u2019t account for potential moves before the trade deadline. Things can change but in the growing theme of \u201cload management,\u201d this isn\u2019t a series key Pistons players should be taking off intentionally.\nThis is the first preview in a Piston Powered series that will take a look at how the Pistons stack up against 29 teams in the NBA. It will include roster changes for the opponent, matchups on offense and defense and the final schedule and series prediction.\nStay tuned for the next preview.\n\n \n \n Next:\u00a0Detroit Pistons 2019-20 preview: Andre Drummond's profile\n \n \n\n\nWhat are your keys to beating the Hawks? 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