After suffering double digit defeats (try typing that three times fast), Atlanta was able to inflict some pain of their own, beating the Pistons, 104-96. Atlanta was up by five at the break, and fended off Detroit through a tight second half to hang on for the win. Not only does it snap a two-game winning streak, but it gives Atlanta a 4-6 mark during this stretch where ten out of 11 are at home. The run concludes this Tuesday against Chicago before a road trip to Philly. Detroit was the perfect foil, but I’m kind of concerned the final was more decisive. The Pistons haven’t been operating on all, well, you know. Detroit are twenty games below the break even point and have dropped their last seven road contests. But, all win count equal in the standings. Part of it could be because of the shallow bench that Larry Drew worked with. The Hawks only played eight (and Damien Wilkins only logged 4:30, Zaza Pachulian 13). For all practical purposes, Atlanta went with six. That’s enough for a team like Detroit, but it won’t work against the Bulls on Tuesday. Al Horford had 18 points and 10 boards and led the club in both categories. Joe Johnson was the point, and Marvin took his customary small forward slot. When you have a small crew, you can’t foul. Atlanta only committed 12 of them, giving Detroit a 13-17 free throw rmark. The Hawks made 10 more from the charity stripe, and right there is your ball game. Again, it will work for Detroit, not so much against the rest of the lead. The big question is still at point, which it has been ever since Mike Bibby exited. Jeff Teague didn’t play and Kirk Hinrich seems to be ensconced at the shooting guard. Joe handled it okay tonight, but that’s not his natural position. He might have too if Marvin gets quality minutes in the forward position. Teague has to play better. Then everything else can fall into position.
Couple of personal notes. First off, with the spring coming, I’ll be adding the Atlanta Braves to my responsibilities. Looking forward to talking to everyone about them, or as the team is known in Atlanta, the club that’s something to do while we wait for Georgia Bulldogs football to start. (Just kidding) And not only is today the first day of spring, it’s also my birthday. A quick check of my Sports Page a Day calendar shows I share it with Pat Riley and the great Bruin defenseman Bobby Orr. I have neither hair gel, NBA Championship rings, nor the ability to fly parallel to the ice while celebrating a Stanley Cup goal. And, according to the IMDB (truly a great innovation of the last decade), I share the birthday with William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Hal Linden, and Ovid, the great Roman poet. Not sure what this has to do with anything (other than Holly Hunter came from nearby Conyers), but it’s my birthday, so I’m allowed to talk about whatever I want, at least for the next three hours or so. There was a small dinner with my parents, and my friend Dana from Ocala, FL, did text me, so that’s something.
About the Author
Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.