The Detroit Pistons were without Brandon Knight, who suffered a knee injury last week, and Will Bynum, who was suspended after throwing a punch, for their game on Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Quite predictably, the lack of depth at the guard position didn’t help the struggling Pistons.
The Hawks slowly but surely built their first half lead to ten points at the break, but Atlanta really turned on the heat in the third quarter when they extended it all the way out to as much as 26. The Pistons would spend the remainder of the game chipping away at the lead, but they never threatened to take control of the game. The final margin was “only” 11 points — the final score was 114-103 — but the Hawks were able to coast to the finish in autopilot.
It was Detroit’s third straight loss — all of which have been by double-digits.
Rodney Stuckey lead the team with 22 points, Jonas Jerebko added 21 off the bench, and Greg Monroe finished with 15. Kim English, pressed into extended duty with the short bench, recorded 10 points in 23 minutes of action. Atlanta’s Al Horford and Josh Smith lead all scorers with 23 points apiece.
Detroit hits the road on Wednesday when they travel to the nation’s capitol to face the Washington Wizards at 7:00 PM ET.