The NBA is finally here!
The season tipped off with the Atlanta Hawks facing the Detroit Pistons, in a battle of two teams facing crossroads in their respective identities.
Last year, the Hawks were the surprise team of the league when they ended the regular season with 60 wins. They’re season didn’t end, until losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks are starting the year off with a new roster of players, but with the same agenda. Win the NBA championship.
The Pistons are simply trying to get to know each other with so many new faces on the roster, and of course to abandon their losing ways of years past.
Last night, the Detroit Pistons came to Phillips Arena to take on the Hawks in the first game of the year. It did not end the way Atlanta wanted it to;
The Hawks fell to the Pistons 106-94, behind a big game from Detroit’s center, Andre Drummond. Drummond put up 18 points and 19 rebounds in the win.
The Hawks struggled all night on the boards. A team that was built to play small-ball brought in San Antonio Spurs’ vet, Tiago Splitter for help with the lack of size in the paint. Alas, he could do little to combat Drummond and the Pistons down low, Splitter finishing with 4 rebounds and 4 fouls.
Dennis Schröder led the Hawks with 20 points while Paul Millsap added 19.
The Hawks take a trip to New York to take on the Knicks before heading back to Atlanta to play the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.