Atlanta Hawks at Pistons: Handling biz against bad teams

Auburn Hills, Mich.–The Pistons are bad. Historically bad. Blowing-a-25-point-lead-to-the-Raptors-at-home-bad. So bad that Magic called them out when he was back in East Lansing the other day:

As for the current Pistons, Johnson said they were a long way from the teams he faced in consecutive NBA Finals in the late 1980s.

“Too many individuals,” Johnson said. “You have to get back to what made them great, and that’s defense and rebounding. … What we see now is a team that’s soft. People from Detroit and Michigan can accept losing, but not the way they’re losing.”

The Hawks should win this game and the temptation is to say it won’t tell us anything about them. But the thing the Hawks almost always do win this kind of game. Their troubles against the good teams have been well documented, and they have to start winning more games like Thursday in Boston to be considered legit contenders in the East. But until the Hawks figure that part out, there’s something to be said for handling their business against the league’s also-rans.

The Hawks have 12 Ws and just there Ls against teams that currently have losing records: Milwaukee, New Jersey and Phoenix. Of those teams, the Nets are the only squad with no real hope of turning things around.

So chances are the Hawks will handle Detroit tonight, then move on to the next one. That won’t earn accolades but neither should it be completely discounted.

Michael Cunningham

328 comments Add your comment

bigdave

December 14th, 2010
7:32 pm

Lets get it…

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:34 pm

lewis

December 14th, 2010
7:35 pm

ready for a w

pinoy hawk

December 14th, 2010
7:41 pm

is the game televised?

bigdave

December 14th, 2010
7:41 pm

what they just say about Joe..?

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:46 pm

sluggish start…

Rev in Tampa

December 14th, 2010
7:47 pm

MC, welcome back. That was a good move to get Ken Segura to keep the blog fresh while you were gone so that we didn’t start devouring each other (as badly) like we did over the summer.

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:47 pm

joe will be back new years to play thunder

lewis

December 14th, 2010
7:47 pm

mo evans is pretty much ruining the offense

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:47 pm

new years eve*

Rev in Tampa

December 14th, 2010
7:48 pm

pinoy hawk,

Check out channelsurfing.net. that’s how I typically watch the game while in Tampa.

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:48 pm

I mean come on old rip killing us

Sautee

December 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

Bring in Teague and Damien

lewis

December 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

i like stuckey already

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

I swear josh always rim out those easy close shots when he spins around to shoot

Rev in Tampa

December 14th, 2010
7:51 pm

Al did not want to sit the second quarter on the bench with two fouls so he wiffed at the block opportunity.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 14th, 2010
7:51 pm

still cant put ANY D on guards with ANY kind of speed.

Randolph

December 14th, 2010
7:52 pm

The Hawks need to get Al some shots on the offensive end. No one else has it going at all yet, and he has not even taken a single shot. Come on, Hawks.

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:53 pm

refs are calling every single foul when the pistons drive the ball…lets see if they do the same for us

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 14th, 2010
7:53 pm

Its disgusting how easy quick guards can get to the rim on our D.

Rev in Tampa

December 14th, 2010
7:54 pm

Bibby is automatic.

JeJe

December 14th, 2010
7:54 pm

How do we get off to such a bad start?

WAKE UP GUYS

And take Evans out of there. Look, we all know he’s a great person and has a great attitude, but he really isn’t good.

Just start Damien damnit

ATL RAISED INDY LIVING

December 14th, 2010
7:54 pm

AS MUCH AS I LIKE THE HAWKS AND AS SORRY AS THE PISTONS ARE, I CANT HELP BUT BELIEVE THAT SOME HOW THEY WILL BLOW THIS GAME IN DETROIT TONIGHT…HOPEFULLY I’M WRONG…GO HAWKS !!!

pinoy hawk

December 14th, 2010
7:54 pm

@ rev – thanks man..

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 14th, 2010
7:56 pm

great pass from bibby

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:57 pm

bibby strugglin with rip

bigdave

December 14th, 2010
7:58 pm

refs dont care for Josh.

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:58 pm

there u go josh drive the ball

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
7:59 pm

why does josh always smell his upper lip?

JeJe

December 14th, 2010
7:59 pm

We will win this game, but I’m so damn tired of being down 6-0 or 8-2 every game.

STOP WITH THESE SLOW LACKLUSTER STARTS

JeJe

December 14th, 2010
8:00 pm

HAS HORFORD EVEN GOTTEN THE BALL YET?

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 14th, 2010
8:00 pm

lmao@that shot

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
8:00 pm

lmaoooooooooooooooo ben wallace

Rev in Tampa

December 14th, 2010
8:01 pm

Wilkens is working on defense.

Sautee

December 14th, 2010
8:02 pm

Rev in Tampa

December 14th, 2010
8:06 pm

who is responsible for Rip Hamilton?

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
8:08 pm

too much jump shooting for my liking

bigdave

December 14th, 2010
8:08 pm

Damien look like Bruce Bowen out there..

Rev in Tampa

December 14th, 2010
8:10 pm

Right now we are at one of those crossroads the Hawks find themselves in from time to time. The whole team is shooting poorly while the Pistons are shooting well. Are the Hawks going to keep up their energy and confidence? This is where the Hawks will need to be MENTALLY tough.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 14th, 2010
8:10 pm

We cant even guard T-Mac who is only 20% of his former self?

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
8:11 pm

wtf is crawford doing move the ball around

Sautee

December 14th, 2010
8:11 pm

What defensive intensity?

And Jamal has gotten stripped three times now.

No so hot a first quarter.

lewis

December 14th, 2010
8:11 pm

Zaza’s upped his percentage of shots taken and blocked to 90%

lewis

December 14th, 2010
8:12 pm

throw teague or jordan in there for some freaking speed we are SLOW right now

Carlos

December 14th, 2010
8:13 pm

Starts like this show you exactly why it’s 1st round and out for the Hawks this year.

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
8:13 pm

zaza is just to weak and slow

lewis

December 14th, 2010
8:14 pm

bibby came out crawling

Randolph

December 14th, 2010
8:14 pm

Horrible first quarter for the Hawks. This is what happens when you treat Horford like he is the team janitor and let Josh Smith try to play hero basketball. Not to mention the fact that Bibby was guarding rip hamilton. Sometimes, L.D. really makes me wonder if he understands the meaning of matching up. Bad, bad moves on both ends of the floor.

Sautee

December 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

Yeah, put Jordan out there in his suit! LOL!

Sorry lewis, but he’s inactive tonight.

J.J.M.

December 14th, 2010
8:15 pm