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Pistons at Hawks final score: A fun, valiant effort from the Pistons’ newest members

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The young guys put on a show but they fell short.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons fans got what they wanted in game three, and the product was entertaining even if it didn’t result in the team’s first victory, falling to the Atlanta Hawks 128-120.

Ultimately, the Hawks just had too much offensive firepower and pulled away in the second half. The Pistons made an admirable comeback attempt but dug themselves too big of a hole.

Saddiq Bey filled Blake Griffin’s absence in the starting lineup and performed admirably. He didn’t shoot well but looked like he belonged immediately and showed he can do a little bit of everything:

Isaiah Stewart's debuted filling in for the injured Jahlil Okafor, and the Washington rookie took full advantage. Stewart was a menace on the boards, fighting for every inch, and undoubtedly working his way into Motor City fans’ hearts. He made the most of every meaningful minute he got.

Jerami Grant and Josh Jackson continued their good play, scoring 27 points each. More importantly, they both showed off developing offensive games, unleashing both patient and aggressive approaches when the situation called for it.

Killian Hayes continued his up-and-down play, though most of his struggles came while defending Trae Young which certainly was expected.

Some stray thoughts

  • Sekou played only 10 minutes. It’s worth keeping an eye on his ankle injury and how much he fits into Dwane Casey’s rotation going forward.
  • Delon Wright’s optimal position may be coming off the bench, especially if/when Derrick Rose gets moved.
  • If nothing else, the collection of players that saw the floor tonight is full of guys whose effort levels make them more a super enjoyable watch.
  • There was a play in the first half where too many wings cut with Plumlee at the block because they all wanted to benefit from his passing.
  • Did I mention this team was fun to watch?

What did everyone else think?