Al Horford, Hawks take out spiraling Pistons

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Recap | Box Score

103 Detroit Pistons
Jason Maxiell, PF 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -6He’s been playing his worst ball of the season and a matchup with uber-athletic Josh Smith wasn’t going to remedy that. He didn’t do much when he was out there, and it’s become pretty obvious that once Andre Drummond returns in the next week or so, Maxiell’s days as the starter are probably limited.
Greg Monroe, C 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 5-8 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -11Monroe bounced back nicely from a pair of rough games against the Pacers tonight. With Max’s play slipping and no other legitimate rebounder around, he’s been one of the guys who’s really been affected by Drummond’s absence. Monroe is a good rebounder, but right now, he’s the Pistons only rebounder.
Jose Calderon, PG 33 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | -10He’s in a bit of a shooting slump, but the nine assists are the most he’s had since before the debacle(s) against Indiana. His neck beard is looking as good as it has during his Pistons tenure, though, so there’s that?
Rodney Stuckey, PG 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | -18Stuckey’s struggled with his shot this season — and part of his success tonight was the fact that he took most of his shots at the rim — but from outside 10 feet, he’s shooting a putrid 36.5 percent. Then again, he’s only shooting 39 percent overall, so, yeah, yuck.
Kyle Singler, SG 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -9Solid. There’s not a lot that Singler is going to do that really wows you outside of make his shots and do what he can on defense. Unfortunately, that defense against Kyle Korver slowly deteriorated as the game went on.
Jonas Jerebko, PF 24 MIN | 9-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +4Maybe Jerebko isn’t quite as bad as everyone thought. He’s done a lot of his recent damage with the game out of reach, but that’s how every game has been recently. Basically, his entire game is based around hustle and he was all over the place tonight; in a good way. He even topped it off with a slick behind the back pass to Slava Kravtsov for a dunk in the final minute.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 7 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9These “wait, Charlie V still plays for the Pistons?” games are becoming more and more frequent.
Khris Middleton, SF 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +6He just, kinda, stands around when he’s on the court. He’s active on defense, but on offense he just looks around and either stands in the corners or at the top of the key. Looks like a rookie getting playtime for the first time in basically an entire year.
Viacheslav Kravtsov, C 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0I get that it’s nice to see guys on the bench thrive when given the chance. When Slava got his double-double against Indiana, it was cool to see him doing well, but there’s a reason he wasn’t playing before. Outside of that game, he’s averaging 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.5 fouls in his last five games.
Kim English, SG 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -2He was active, but again, his shot hasn’t been there yet this season. He is getting more comfortable, though, and once a young guy kind of gets his footing, you’d hope the jumper comes. Without that, he’s not doing much to help.
Lawrence FrankThings went to hell once he gave Monroe and Calderon a break early in the second quarter. Part of the problem was Brandon Knight and Will Bynum being out, but without Monroe or Calderon, the Pistons offense is non-existant. He is playing the kids, so that’s something, but the team’s also been victim to opposing scoring runs the size of tidal waves, part of the reason they’ve dropped five of seven by 10-plus points.

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Tags: Charlie Villanueva Greg Monroe Jason Maxiell Jonas Jerebko Jose Calderon Khris Middleton Kim English Kyle Singler Lawrence Frank Rodney Stuckey Vyacheslav Kravtsov

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