Postgame Thoughts: Hawks vs. Hornets
What started off as a somewhat sleepy affair saw the Hawks wake up in a big way to take home a 97-68 win at the Highlight Factory on Thursday night. A few thoughts on the team’s second preseason win:
— The Hornets, led by rookie Anthony Davis, who looked like the real deal seeing him for the first time up close and personal, jumped out to lead early on. Then the Hawks finished the first half on a 15-6 run to tie it up at 40, and from there it was a whole different story. Atlanta started the second half on a 21-1 run to blow it open, and cruised home to the 29-point win. Together the trio* combined for 32 points and 16 assists.
* Thinking about JeDevLou as a nickname. Who’s got some better suggestions?
— The news wasn’t all great for the Hawks’ guards, as Teague appeared to sprain his ankle in the second half and did not return. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.
— The Hawks are mostly being talked about as an offensive unit, but they did a terrific job defensively tonight. The Hornets shot just 32.9% from the field (23-70), and scored only 28 points in the entire second half.
— After missing the previous exhibition game, Josh Smith and Al Horford returned and did what they do — Smith led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Big Al posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
With the win, the Hawks move to 2-3 on the preseason, and finish the home portion on Saturday when they host the Dallas Mavericks.
What’d you think?