Summer League Practice – Nogueira Joins Team
Lucas Nogueira finally has a practice under his belt.
After missing all of training camp because he wasn’t cleared to play, he finally got the OK just minutes before tip-off yesterday. Considering he had no practice time with the team, I thought he did great. Today, he was able to practice with the guys and learn a little bit more about the system that Coach Bud and his staff are trying to put in.
Quin Snyder clearly wasn’t happy with the transition defense from yesterday (L.A. scored 90 points in a 40-minute game). Today he had the guys working on getting back in transition as well as contesting shots better. As he mentioned several times during practice, the rotations were slow at times, and there weren’t strong contests on the Clippers’ three-point looks. He was right, particularly in the first half when the Clippers made 8 of 15 threes.
Based on the teams he was using for the half-court scrimmage, Snyder appears to be sticking with the same lineup of Dennis Schröder, John Jenkins, Kyle Weems, Mike Scott and Nogueira. Anything can change though, so follow @ATLHawks on Twitter for the starting lineup report prior to the game.
Like Jenkins and Scott last year, it appears as though two of our rookies have developed some chemistry already. For those who missed yesterday’s game, the Schröder-to-Nogueira alley-oop kind of became a thing. It continued today at practice, and it looks as though the two will be helping each other through the process, much like last year’s rookies did.
Ed Daniel didn’t get a lot of playing time yesterday but played more in the second half. Today was the first day where I truly saw his athletic ability on display. He made several thunderous dunks in practice that caught some of the players’ attention. We’ll see if he can make his mark in any of the next four games.
Coach Bud was not at practice today, but Lou Williams was. He was working out on a side court with members of the Hawks training staff.