Blowout loss leaves Hawks looking for answers

After suffering a blowout loss on their home floor to the Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks have ventured into rare air as they have now dropped five consecutive games—the worst stretch under head coach Mike Budenholzers since they lost 14 of 15 games during his inaugural year with the franchise.


Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer signaling for substitutions as he tries to find answers during loss to Pistons

Without leading scorer Paul Millsap for the second straight night, the Hawks found themselves on the receiving end of a 121-85 thumping by a Detroit squad riding a three-game win streak. Detroit swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with a game-high 23 points and forward Tobias Harris added 18 points of his own as the Pistons amassed a 58-39 lead by intermission following a second quarter in which Detroit outscored Atlanta 31-15. That trend continued into the second half as Detroit outscored the Hawks 32-18 in the third quarter before eventually cruising to victory.


Hawks Point guard Dennis Schroder finished with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Mike Muscala (11), Kris Humphries (10), and Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) combined for 32 points off the Hawks bench. Hawks center Dwight Howard had a tough night finishing with just two points with only six rebounds, while Detroit center Andre Drummond feasted on his way to a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.


After starting the season looking like a team that had the potential to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trip to the NBA finals, the Hawks have spiraled downwards in recent weeks.


Atlanta will look to reroute the ship today as they travel to face DeMar DeRozan and second-seeded Toronto, while Tobias Harris will be primed for a big game as Detroit hosts his former team Orlando on Sunday.

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