NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 14th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (38-23) at Atlanta Hawks (11-51), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons move on without head coach Larry Brown tonight when they visit the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
After Sunday's 64-62 win over Utah, Brown announced that he will undergo surgery related to his hip and be away from the bench for an indefinite amount of time. Brown had surgery on his hip in November, and the team went 2-4 in his absence.
The Pistons currently lead the Central Division by 4 1/2 games over second- place Cleveland and are 8 1/2 games behind the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
In Sunday's win, Richard Hamilton scored a team-high 15 points and Ben Wallace recorded a huge blocked shot in the closing seconds to help the Pistons hold on in the defensive struggle.
Chauncey Billups finished with 12 points for the Pistons, who won for the second time in three tries after a three-game skid. Rasheed Wallace posted 10 points and 10 rebounds in the triumph and Antonio McDyess collected 10 points and six boards.
Detroit shot only 31.5 percent from the floor, including a 1-for-18 clip from beyond the arc. Utah fired at a 32.4 percent rate overall, including a 14.3 percent mark from long range. They combined for a horrid 18 points in the fourth quarter.
The Pistons, who have dropped four straight on the road, will host Seattle on Wednesday to begin a three-game homestand.
Atlanta, meanwhile, ended a 13-game losing streak with a win over Toronto on Friday, but got right back to its losing ways on Saturday with a 105-92 setback against visiting Golden State. The Warriors went a blistering 18-of-33 from three-point range to help decide the outcome.
Josh Childress had 18 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, and Al Harrington added 17 points and seven rebounds. Tom Gugliotta finished with 12 points to round out the Hawks in double figures.
While the Warriors buried 18 treys, the Hawks hit only one of their eight attempts from beyond the arc.
Atlanta began a four-game homestand Saturday and will host Washington on Wednesday.
The Hawks and Pistons have split two meetings this season, both in Detroit. The Pistons have won seven of the last nine clashes, including three straight in Atlanta.
03/14 10:07:37 ET