|102715 ATLANTA: — Hawks Paul Millsap knocks Pistons Ersan Ilyasova to the floor during the first period in their first regular season basketball game “home opener” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / email@example.com|
Not exactly how we wanted to start off the season to say the least. The Hawks fell short 106-94 to the Pistons in front of a raucous sold out Philips Arena. There were a lot of positives but way more negatives for Atlanta in their first game. The Hawks were active on defense and forced multiple turnovers by the Pistons. Thabo Sefolosha was impressive and was the one who did most of the dirty work. It was great to see him back on floor fully healthy. Al Horford got off to a slow start, but was able to end up with a total of 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks; also shot 1-3 from downtown. Going forward we need to see him stay true to his game and not settle for so many outside shots. Other guys had a solid game as well. Schroder was stellar as he scored 20 points to go along with 4 assists and steals off the bench. It should also be noted that he thoroughly outplayed Jeff Teague. Paul Millsap had 19 points and 8 rebounds; most of which came in the first quarter. The Hawks just couldn’t find their rhythm offensively. The ball wasn’t moving side to side and got caught stagnant on some possessions. They managed to put together a few runs to keep the game close, but the Pistons were able to respond. Rebounding is still a major issue for the Hawks. They were out rebounded 59-40. The majority of those rebounds from Detroit were gathered by Andre Drummond and Marcus Morris who combined for 29 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a huge game with 21 points on 4-7 from behind the arc. Reggie Jackson put up 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Atlanta will look to bounce back against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on NBA TNT.
Exit question. Was it just a bad game by the Hawks and a hot shooting night for Detroit or should we be concerned?