Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Fall In Opener To Rockets
The season is underway, after the Hawks fell 109-102 to the Rockets in front of a sold-out Philips Arena. A disappointing way to start the campaign for sure, but some positives to take away going forward. Let’s take a quick look:
- Lou Williams gave Hawks fans plenty of reasons to be happy the Snellville native signed with the team in the offseason, scoring 19 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Williams was as advertised, scoring from the perimeter and the paint, and especially from the line.
- The Hawks struggled on the boards for most of the night, giving up one of the most absurd stat lines in NBA history, as Rockets’ center Omer Asik somehow pulled down 19 rebounds without scoring a single point. But the defense tightened up in the second half to lead the team back from a 16-point deficit to take the lead late in the 4th quarter. In particular, Williams and Jeff Teague were able to get into the passing lanes for steals that helped the team climb out of their hole.
- Speaking of Teague, if you haven’t seen his dunk-but-not-a-dunk that was waved off because of an offensive foul, please watch this. Then watch it again. It was that filthy.
- We had a little fun with the Rockets on Twitter today, but we have to admit — James Harden is a stud. Houston’s backcourt of Harden and Jeremy Lin gave the Hawks fits, and stopping penetration into the paint is something the Atlanta coaches will probably spend some time on as they prepare for the Thunder and Russell Westbrook on Sunday.
- The Hawks showed the ability to spread the ball around, as six players scored in double digits led by Williams’ 22 and Josh Smith with 19.
Overall, a frustrating loss given the impressive second-half comeback, but definitely reasons to be excited about the team’s direction.