Hamilton will look to help the Pistons break out of their small slump when they host the Atlanta Hawks at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
After falling to the Indiana Pacers 81-69 on Tuesday, the Pistons dropped an 80-79 contest to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Hamilton, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, said there was little Detroit could learn from the loss.
“It’s tough to take anything (positive) away from this game,” he said. “We felt we should’ve won the game, and when you feel like you won but the final doesn’t reflect that, it’s really hard to look at the positives.”
Mehmet Okur led the Pistons with 21 points. Chauncey Billups added 18 points, but he committed an offensive foul with two seconds remaining as he tried to clear out Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell on a potential game-winning jumper.
“Chauncey has made many shots for us, and we feel very comfortable and confident when the ball is in his hands,” Pistons assistant coach Mike Woodson said.
The Hawks have dropped two of their last three, including a 96-94 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday. Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored a game-high 25 points, but Hawks guard Jason Terry missed an open 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 10 seconds remaining.
“To lose like that, it hurts, man,” Atlanta forward Stephen Jackson said. “This definitely hurts. Of any loss that hurt this season, this one hurt the most, considering how we lost.”
Atlanta forward Alan Henderson was back with the team after missing five straight games while attending to his ill mother, but he sat out again with a sore back.