Postgame Thoughts: Hawks at Spurs
A few thoughts on the Hawks’ tough 101-99 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio:
— The rookies got their first taste of action after sitting the first preseason game in Miami, and there were positives from each.
— John Jenkins showed his smooth perimeter stroke, hitting 3-5 3-pointers and finishing with 9 points.
— Mike Scott was quiet early, but really came on down the stretch, hitting several big shots, including a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left that tied the game. We’ve been following Mike on this brief road trip, so we’ll hear from him about his night in the locker room and post it as soon as we can.
— While Devin Harris continues to work his way into shape, Lou Williams and Jeff Teague showed that the competition for minutes at the point guard spot will be fierce. Both looked in complete control, and Teague had another chasedown block called a goaltend by the officials. As far as I’m concerned, if a guard does it, it should never be a goaltend.
— Keith Benson, a Hawks’ second-round pick two years ago, had a nice performance in his first action of the season as well, and fired up his teammates with several hustle plays around the rim.
— Speaking of hustle plays, Damion James continues to show that he has as big a motor as anyone on the roster. James got heavy minutes and tied for the team lead with 11 points, but showed his determination on one possession in the first half by grabbing three rebounds and staying with it to score a basket.
— Every Hawk player who dressed got into the action tonight, and coach Larry Drew chose to let the guys battling for the final roster spots have most of the playing time in the second half.
— The Spurs won the game on Nando De Colo‘s game-winner with 0.6 seconds left, but that was perhaps not the most interesting part of the play. Tony Parker, who did not play, controlled the huddle for the final possessions of the game and called his countryman’s number on the game-winning shot. I guess Gregg Popovich likes to be prepared for any situation?
— The Hawks return home tonight, and will practice for the next few days before heading off to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Sunday.