Game Preview: Pistons Look to Even Score with Hawks

The Pistons look to win their first game out of their last three, including their loss to the Hawks on Sunday.

The Hawks have lost three out of their last five games, however, they beat the Pistons on Sunday. Dewayne Dedmon gave the Hawks the edge against the Pistons on Sunday. Dedmon said he was “trying to be aggressive … just trying to change the game.” Following Sunday’s win, the Hawks lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Looking to keep the Piston’s losing streak going the Hawks look to better their record and get their rookies into the game more.

The Pistons have now dropped their last three games including their loss Sunday to the Hawks. “Tough to give up 118 and try to win on the road,” Griffin said. “Or win in general.” The Pistons traveled back home to face the Pelicans on Monday which resulted in a 118-103 loss. Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy commented on the loss “We haven’t deserved to win these last three games, there were five or six loose balls where no one got on the floor and too many times where people got behind us in transition. Those are inexcusable.” The Pistons are looking to bounce back and play better defense and turn their losing streak around.

Probable Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks
PG-Dennis Schroeder
SG-Kent Bazemore
SF-Taurean Prince
PF-Ersan Ilyasova
C-Dewayne Dedmon

Detroit Pistons
PG-Ish Smith
SG-Reggie Bullock
SF-Stanley Johnson
PF-Blake Griffin
C-Andre Drummond

Injuries

For the Hawks injuries, Tyler Cavanaugh is still nursing an ankle injury and may not be back until after the All-Star Break. Also not injured is DeAndre Bembry who is questionable to return after an incident with speeding on an Atlanta interstate.

The Pistons injuries remain the same with Jon Leuer still nursing that ankle injury. Reggie Jackson is no longer wearing a boot and is aiming to be cleared in 2-3 weeks.

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