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Preseason Game 3: Hawks @ Pistons

NBA Preseason

Game 3



1-0 (0-0 away)
2-0 (2-0 home)

Palace of Auburn Hills

Hawks Blog: Peachtree Hoops

October 11, 2009 6:00 PM ET
TV: None Radio: 950 WWJ
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby
PG Rodney Stuckey
Joe Johnson
SG Richard Hamilton
Josh Smith
SF Tayshaun Prince
Marvin Williams
PF Ben Wallace
Al Horford
C Kwame Brown

As fans, all we can ask for this preseason is to see the Pistons working hard and improving their chemistry, as they have a number of new faces. Another thing I'd like to see them improve upon this season is the way they play on Sundays.

Last year they were a miserable 4-12 on Sundays (4-13 if you count the playoffs). A lot of the problem, according to former coach, Michael Curry, was that the players were staying out late on Saturdays. Hopefully with new players and coaches, with new focus and discipline, it will change this season. There is no reason we should be losing to teams like Memphis and New York just because it's Sunday.

This will be a good chance for the Pistons to practice performing well on Sundays against a very good team. The Hawks, as you all know, are a team that's played together for a few years now. They went from taking the Celtics to seven games a couple years ago as an eight seed, to being the fourth seed and beating the Heat in the first round last year. This is going to be a good basketball team yet again, with Joe Johnson playing for a monster contract and Josh Smith having another year of experience under his belt.

This will be a good test for the fresh look Pistons, so it'll be very interesting to see how they fare. Expect to see Coach Kuester use that 'small ball" three guard rotation more of the same way he did in the last preseason game when Bynum, Stuckey, and Gordon combined for 68 points. Get used to it, we're going to be seeing this a lot this season (with Rip being in the mix, of course, too).

As of Friday, there was no word as to whether Charlie Villanueva would be available to play. Again, I don't want to see the Pistons rush him back too soon. At the same time, it's instrumental that he gets minutes this preseason to not only help Coach Q get a better feel for a set rotation, but get him acclimated to playing with his new teammates.

Enjoy the game, go Pistons.