Detroit Pistons' Puzzling Season Continues With Win Over Atlanta Hawks

By David Fouty
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons
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It’s hard to tell what kind of team the 2013-14 Detroit Pistons are. They had what seemed to be one of the most impressive offseasons in recent history, but haven’t lived up to their potential.

The Pistons have beaten the likes of the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and plenty of other high-caliber teams this season, but can’t seem to turn those big wins into any sort of momentum.

Friday night was no different. The Pistons dug themselves into an 11-point deficit at halftime against the Atlanta Hawks, but outscored them by 19 in the second half.

When the Pistons fired head coach Maurice Cheeks a couple weeks ago, many fans thought it was an attempt by Joe Dumars to save his job. The team has transitioned well under the leadership of John Loyer, but it’s still hard to figure out what the potential of this team really is.

The Pistons have one of the best young centers in the game in Andre Drummond, and brought in Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith in the offseason. They have all kinds of talent on paper, but it hasn’t translated to the win column.

With all the skill on the Pistons this season, it would be a shame if they didn’t at least make the playoffs. They currently sit in the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, behind a bunch of other lackluster teams. If they can’t figure out a way to gel before the end of this season, they are going to have to seriously reconsider the makeup of the team and direction they are planning on going. As it stands now, it doesn’t really appear to be working night in and night out.

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