Pistons out to lower turnovers in clash with Hawks

The Detroit Pistons will look for their first win of the season as they continue their three-game road trip on Monday with a stop against the Atlanta Hawks.The Pistons have dropped their first two games, both to the Chicago Bulls, including Saturday’s 97-82 road decision. The Hawks split their first two games and are coming off an uninspiring 101-95 road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Detroit’s early problems have been turnovers and poor shooting. The Pistons gave it away 17 times in their first game and 23 in the second game.”You can’t beat anybody in this league when you’re careless with the ball,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We’ve been preaching it since September. I take responsibility for the turnovers. Evidently, I’m not preaching enough.”The poor shooting was amplified from the perimeter, where Detroit was 5 of 28 (17.9 percent) from 3-point range and made only 38.6 percent overall in Saturday’s loss.”We played well defensively,” Casey said. “The decisions offensively broke our back. Our margin for error is small. I thought we made it tough on them and I applaud our effort. It goes down in those situations and the decisions we make with the basketball in crucial situations.”Trae Young scored 24 points, 15 in the first half, made only one 3-pointer and struggled to get his floater to fall.”We couldn’t get a shot to go and we made some bad plays,” Young said. “A lot of those fall on me. I’ve got to do better. I’ll be better.”The lone 3-pointer was the 500th of Young’s career and tied Dominique Wilkins for sixth in franchise history. He is the fourth-fastest player in NBA history to reach the milestone, doing it in 206 games, and is the sixth-youngest (23 years, 34 days), according to Hawks’ public relations.

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