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Pistons High / Low: Detroit jumps out early against Atlanta and never lets go

Film don’t lie.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully the Atlanta Hawks had a chance to visit the North American Auto Show while in town so the trip wasn’t a complete waste. They certainly didn’t come to play basketball. The Pistons led 42 - 18 after one quarter of play and ended up wining 118-95.

To the tape!


There were many, which is refreshing.

First, lets start out with the big man’s passing:

Three gorgeous looks to in stride cutters and a kick out for a wide open jump shot.


How about this baseline out of bounds play?

The in-bounder - Marcus Morris - has the attention of the Hawks but the play is designed for Tobias Harris and once Millsap realizes that, it’s too late.


Such a slick move by Ish Smith:


Morris notched seven assists on the night including these two:

First, as Howard comes to double the ball handling Morris, Dre slips to the bucket for an easy dunk. Good read by both. Next, Morris finds a cutting Reggie Bullock ( who played his best game of the season) for an easy hoop. Imagine that, moving and cutting generating easy looks.


Stanley Johnson continues to impress. If you can knock down open jump shots, teams have no choice to take you seriously and close out hard.

That knock down leads to this drive:

As the season progresses, Johnson continues to take on the playmaker role:


Either Stanley Johnson read DBB’s game preview or he did film watching of his own. This was one of the Hawks’ plays highlighted in the preview:

And this is what happened last night:



This “Low” up to the DBB community.

By my count, there were 10 possessions in which Reggie Jackson brought the ball up (after rebound or made bucket) and shot without a single pass being made:

Jackson finished with 26 points on 10/20 shooting and four assists.

Tell me, is this something or this nothing?