Game Grades: Each player is given a grade on an A+ through F scale based upon their game performance.
Brandon Knight: D
The second-year pro played a team-high 34 minutes and finished with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting, while dishing out four assists and committing two turnovers. He was a team-worst -9 while on the court.
Kyle Singler: C-
Played 16 minutes, scored two points. Nothing much else to say.
Tyshaun Prince: C
Six points on 2-of-12 shooting in 29 minutes of action. Prince did grab six rebounds though — two more than his season average.
Jason Maxiell: A-
Maxiell provided the two biggest defensive stops for the Pistons and posted a double-double in the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting a team-best 66.6% (4-of-6) from the field. He was also the only Detroit stater to record a positive mark in the +/- category with +6.
Greg Monroe: B-
The former Georgetown standout narrowly missed a double-double as he led the Pistons with 18 points to go along with nine boards and a team-high three steals in 34 minutes of play. Monroe struggled from the field, shooting just 5-of-14 overall but converted 8-of-10 foul shots in the game.
Austin Daye came off the bench and scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Rodney Stuckey added 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block while posting a mark of +19 while on the court. Andre Drummond chipped in with six points nine boards while also getting the game-winning block on Lou Williams to end the game.
Coach Lawrence Frank: A
Coach Frank got his team out to a 15-point halftime lead and then pushed the right buttons down the stretch such as inserting Maxiell into the game at crunch time and having that move pay off when Maxiell came up with the two biggest defensive stands of the game.
Jeff Teague: D
Couldn’t take advantage of Brandon Knight at all and only finished with five points on 2-of-9 shooting. Teague did lead the team in assists with nine, but also in turnovers with five.
Lou Williams: B
Williams continues to produce since being inserted into the starting lineup eight games ago and finished Friday’s matchup with 18 points and eight assists, while posting a +12 mark in the game.
Kyle Korver: C-
All nine of Korver’s shot attempts were from behind the arc — he only made three of them. For a sharp-shooter, Korver had an awfully tough time getting on target (haha). He finished with 10 points, five assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes of gametime.
Josh Smith: D
I feel bad for giving Smoove such a low grade, but coach Drew made the decision to sit Smith for practically the entire fourth quarter and the move paid off as the Hawks went on a 16-0 roll late in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit down to 83-82. The team wasn’t hindered in any sense by Smith’s absence — they actually played as a more cohesive unit. That doesn’t look good for Josh.
Al Horford: A+
What else can you say about Al? Dude is just a rock of consistency. He finished with a double-double performance of 18 points and 15 rebounds, while shooting a stellar 9-of-13 from the field to go along with three assists in 40 minutes of action. Next time though, Al — clip your toe nails.
The bench combined to shoot 3-of-12 in the game with Zaza Pachulia accounting for all three baskets — Ivan Johnson, John Jenkins and Anthony Tolliver were 0-7. Pachulia was 3-of-5 from both the field and charity-stripe for a total of nine points.
Coach Larry Drew: A
LD worked with what he had and that was a short-handed lineup without three key players: Devin Harris, DeShawn Stevenson and Anthony Morrow. Drew made good adjustments at halftime with the Hawks trailing by 15 and also made the right call to sit Josh Smith in the fourth quarter so the team could get quality shot attempts instead of dealing with Smith’s sporadic shot selection. You pulled the right strings and pushed the right buttons, LD. Just came up a hair short.