The Atlanta Hawks returned to their "normal" starting lineup to take on the Detroit Pistons on a rare Sunday afternoon matinee at Philips Arena. So far, so good.
Kirk Hinrich has seven points and Josh Smith six to lead the Hawks to a 21-17 lead through one quarter at a sedate Highlight Factory.
Tayshaun Prince posted six and Richard Hamilton four for the Pistons, who seek to stop a six-game road slide.
This is not exactly one to write home about just yet. The Hawks look sharp and are getting open looks at the basket. They also are going to the hole. But this is Detroit we're talking about. Atlanta should be doing those sorts of things against that team.
Atlanta shot 59-percent (10-for-17) in the frame and holds a slight 10-9 edge on the boards.
Marvin Williams has two points in his return to the lineup for the Hawks, who are looking to erase the memory of two straight terrible home losses to the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets.