Pistons, Hawks aim to trim turnovers

Reducing turnovers will be a key for both clubs Wednesday night when the Detroit Pistons visit the Atlanta Hawks for the second time this season.Atlanta survived a season-high 24 turnovers in a 108-97 win over Minnesota on Monday, while Detroit could not overcome 16 turnovers in a 113-107 loss to Miami on the same day.Atlanta’s miscues led to 21 points and helped the Timberwolves stay close to the lead. The Hawks are averaging 14.5 turnovers a game this season.”I know we want to play fast, get out on the break, but sometimes we need to slow it down just a little bit. We were moving way too fast,” Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter said.Detroit’s turnovers led to 24 Miami points and, combined with the ineffectiveness of the second unit, were largely responsible for the loss. Detroit’s reserves produced only 34 points, including 21 by Derrick Rose.”Usually our second unit comes in and does a great job,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “For whatever reason, they didn’t come in with the same defensive disposition as the first group. You’re going to have nights like that, but they’ve got to be ready to play.”The hottest Detroit player has been Jerami Grant. He scored 27 in the loss to Miami and has at least 20 points in 12 consecutive games. He averages 24.9 points a game.The Pistons got an offensive boost from Wayne Ellington on Monday. He hit seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 24 points, and 11 of his 12 field-goal tries were from beyond the 3-point line.”He’s one of the best shooters in the league, and (Monday) he showed it,” Casey said. “It just gives us another weapon out there.”

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