It took two overtimes for the Atlanta Hawks to defeat the Detroit Pistons on December 26. After that loss to the Hawks, the Pistons went on to win three straight games over the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and the Sacramento Kings. Since the last game with Detroit, the Hawks have gone 3-1 with wins over Cleveland, Indiana and New Orleans and the lone loss coming against the Houston Rockets.
The Pistons' bench has been averaging 47 points during their three game run, which has been led by Will Bynum and Austin Daye. Detroit's rookie Andre Drummond is starting to become a major contributor and his playing time is starting is increasing.
Speaking of increased playing time, Atlanta's rookie John Jenkins has been getting an increased load due to the fact that many of the Hawks' guards are suffering from injury. He is averaging 9.3 points per game in 17 minutes over the last four games. Coach Larry Drew has openly come out about the fact that he needs to find more minutes for Jenkins.
The Atlanta Hawks are 5-1 since Coach Larry Drew decided to insert Lou Williams into the starting line up, looking for a spark. Williams will continue to start at the shooting guard with Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Al Horford and Kyle Korver.
On the injury side of things Devin Harris is still sitting with a sore left foot, Anthony Morrow is also out with a hip injury and center Johan Petro is sidelined with a stomach illness.
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