Opponent Scouting: Atlanta Hawks. 19-39
Tonight at 7:30pm EST the Pistons will be back in action on the road against the Atlanta Hawks. It is both teams first game out of the all-star break.
The Hawks are bad, but they are just normal bad. The teams below them in the standings are clearly on a lower level. The best way to put it might be that the Hawks suck but they at least have some sort of pulse occasionally.
Rookie Trae Young is still struggling to hit his 3s, but he’s shown great ability as a passer and has actually scored inside better than most thought he would. Time will tell how he ends up and letting Doncic go to get him does look like a mistake right now, but Young can play. Young big-man John Collins is having a breakout sophomore season, he’s tall, bouncy and can even shoot a bit. Taurean Prince is a nice wing who does some of everything, Kevin Hueter can shoot, Kent Bazemore can still shoot. Alex Len is very large, Vince Carter can still shoot.
This team is still very bad, but some of their young guys have really shined.
Matchups to watch:
Pistons vs. Getting out strong: We are in the home stretch. It would really suck to start off with a loss to the Hawks. Lets not do that.
Blake Griffin vs. minimal resistance: The Hawks shouldn’t have much to stop him, he should be feeling frisky after the break.
Reggie Jackson vs. Keeping it going: Jackson played excellent ball for the two+ weeks heading into the break, whether he can continue that or if he will regress is going to have a huge impact on the Pistons playoff hopes.
The wings vs. Finding competence: The Pistons wing rotation is very bad. Squeezing everything out of them that they can will help.
So in conclusion…
Wink knowingly at your friends if:
Blake and Andre have double-doubles at half-time.
Trae Young is 0-8 from 3
Wayne Ellington is hot fire.
Run for the hills if:
The Pistons come out flat.
Jackson is struggling to get around Alex Len.
Someone gets hurt.
Opportunities for me to look stupid: