Crazy how we got here, right? It feels like just yesterday that Trae Young and the Hawks were torching us at LCA. Instead, here we are with a 136-103 victory. The Pistons have had a few dominating victories as of recently, with the Celtics being most impressive. Here are three observations from tonight’s performance.
First Observation: Would You Mind, Christian Wood?
Christian Wood has had a great season for the Pistons this year, and tonight he showed even more reason for the Motor City to get behind the young big-man. While his performance was average, with 10 points and 7 rebounds, Wood had the play of the night as he “lay the wood” on a dunk attempt by potential trade target Cam Reddish.
Wood also had several great hustle plays that made a huge difference for the Pistons tonight. Shout-out to Ed Stefanski for giving Wood a chance. He seems to find a great way to impact the game each night.
Second Observation: Playing for Kieffs
Markieff Morris, Derrick Rose and Svi Mykhailiuk all posted 20+ point outings tonight, which went a long way for the Pistons’ ability to blow out the Hawks without strong play from Sekou (will get to that later). Whenever it felt like the Hawks were going to maybe show signs of life, one of these Pistons snatched that away in a heartbeat.
With the Pistons sneaking up on the Nets in the playoff race, it might not be a bad idea to see these guys get some playoff minutes together.
Final Observation: What Happened to Sekou?
Before any of you even think about grabbing pitchforks, no I’m not mad at Sekou for tonight’s 1-8 shooting performance. That kind of thing is going to happen to the youngest player in the league whether we’d like to admit that or not. Regardless, it’s still frustrating to see him struggle in such a great win for the Pistons. As Zariq pointed out, it felt like Sekou was not getting any touches to break out of this slump.
Here’s to hoping that Dr. Doum finds his grove next game, where the Pistons will be taking on the Wizards in D.C.
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