Initial feedback: A completely subjective and immediate response to the events of tonight's game, featuring a comment and rating, the latter on a scale of 1 to 10, on every player who saw the floor and the head coach, along with ephemera and miscellany as the author deems necessary.
Your ratings and commentary, dear reader, are welcomed in the comments to this post.
Jeff Teague: An ineffectual game and his decision not to shoot when Joe Johnson passed him the ball on the final possession summed up the conundrum of his time in Atlanta: where does lack of ability end and lack of confidence begin? 3/10
Joe Johnson: Yay, Joe Johnson's back and he brought dribble non-penetration (against Rodney Stuckey) on the final possession leading to a guarded, 20-foot fall-away for the win (missed) with him. That possession undermined a decent offensive performance. By his standards, if not the terms of his contract. He switched every screen possible defensively, something to watch regarding the true health of his knee. 6/10
Marvin Williams: Makes some shots but he doesn't rebound. Different, but no more or less effective than the norm. 5/10
Josh Smith: If this loss has a silver lining it's the positive reinforcement Larry Drew might have received from leaving Josh Smith in the game in the third quarter with four fouls. Sure, Smith picked up his fifth fairly quickly, but he played 11:26 of the fourth without fouling out. This game (21 points on 19 FGA and 8 FTA) did not help his TS%. 6/10
Zaza Pachulia: Didn't match up well with Greg Monroe, which says more good about Monroe than bad about Pachulia. 3/10
Ivan Johnson: Extremely active on both ends so it's surprising to realize he only grabbed four rebounds (two on each end) in 30:29. 10 points and 5 steals aren't nothing, though. 5/10
Kirk Hinrich: Made some shots, played decent defense. For perhaps the first time this season, he might have deserved more minutes. 4/10
Tracy McGrady: He sees the game the well, but he just can't score anymore. His ability is entirely wrapped up in passing and defensive rebounding. Was on the floor for both big Pistons runs, leading to -17 in just under 16 minutes. 2/10
Vladimir Radmanovic: Short minutes, no reason why not. 2/10
Jannero Pargo: Career eFG%: 44.8. Hawks have been spared those type of games so far this season. 2/10
Erick Dampier: Erick Dampier played in this game. 1/10
The head coach
I gave Larry Drew credit when the Hawks took care of business against bad teams at the start of the season. Well, tonight the Hawks lost to the Pistons and went 13 minutes without a field goal in the second half. Business wasn't good and he's coaching his second straight team with a bottom-third offense. 2/10