Preseason Off To A Good Start

Thursday, October 8, 2009
By Micah Hart

A lot to like about last night’s 108-102 preseason-opening win over the New Orleans Hornets. The starters played well together, there were plenty of minutes for the reserves, and no one got hurt – that’s about as good as it gets for an exhibition.

In particular, I liked a few things:

– I liked the chemistry I saw developing between Jamal Crawford and Zaza Pachulia. Jamal continues to make his presence felt on offense with his passing as well as his scoring (certainly the case last night as he was 0-4 from the field), and Zaza could be a big-time recipient of that as part of the team’s second unit.

– Jeff Teague attacked the paint the same way he has been in practice, getting to the line 8 times. The Hawks teams of recent vintage haven’t been big free-throw shooting teams, so adding someone who will hopefully bring that to the table will give the Hawks an additional weapon to their offensive arsenal.

– Did you see that alley-oop from Joe Johnson to Josh Smith? Man I missed that.

All in all, a terrific start to the preseason.

What did you think?

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