Atlanta Hawks are getting ready to begin regular season play and there are still a few some things that need to be examined. First, it will be interesting to see how Coach Larry Drew has narrowed down his rotation and add to that fans would also like to see the team will turn up the intensity for this new defense to fast break offense mentality. The Hawks are have their last preseason game Friday against the Detroit Pistons and they are a team that are also looking for answers.
Detroit is coming off of a 95-76 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves where guard Rodney Stuckey scored 21 points and both Greg Monroe and Kyle Singler contributed 11. The Pistons are 3-4 in the preseason with losses coming from the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and lastly Minnesota. Their wins came against the Raptors, the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats.
Detroit made numerous changes to their roster by adding Corey Maggette (from Charlotte), Andre Drummond (picked ninth in the 2012 draft), Khris Middleton (picked 39th in 2012 draft), Kim English (44th in the 2012 draft), Kyle Singler (33rd pick in 2011 draft) and Viacheslav Kravtson (a free agent from BC Donetsk of the Ukraine).
The Pistons are a young team with a lot of promise, led by their second year head coach Lawrence Frank. Their projected starting five is to be: F Tayshaun Prince F Jason Maxiell C Greg Monroe G Rodney Stuckey G Brandon Knight.
Corey Maggette is listed as day to day with a calf strain.
Rodney Stuckey leads the team in scoring this preseason with 13.1 points and big man Greg Monroe comes second with 13.0 points. Greg Monroe and rookie Andre Drummond are both averaging 5.3 rebounds in exhibition play.
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