Hawks Top Bobcats 87-85 In Second Preseason Game
The Hawks played their second preseason game in as many nights and pulled out a last-second 87-85 victory over the Bobcats thanks to a Dennis Schröder floater with under three seconds to play. Here are some of the things that stood out from the victory:
– Mike Scott led all scorers with 19 points along with six rebounds and looked impressive for the second straight night at the offensive end. Scott flashed his three point range that he talked about working on all summer, knocking down two of his three attempts from beyond the arc, both in the fourth quarter. Scott was extremely efficient going 8-11 from the field and had only one turnover.
– Kyle Korver is in mid-season shooting form. Korver went 3-5 from beyond the arc (his only five shot attempts on the night) and 5-5 from the free throw line for 14 points in his 21 minutes of play. Korver looked good in both the half-court offense spacing the floor and was able to find his favorite spot on the wing in transition.
– DeMarre Carroll continues to impress with his energy and aggression at both ends of the floor. Carroll had 12 points in the game and made both of his three-point attempts. On the defensive end, he applied pressure and frustrated Michael Kidd-Gilchrist into just three points on 1-6 shooting.
– The Hawks still have a ways to go in developing on-court chemistry, which comes as no surprise. With such an emphasis on ball movement, chemistry and knowing where teammates are on the floor is crucial to the success of the offense. Atlanta had 17 turnovers, down from 21 in Miami, with many of those stemming from confusion on positioning and cutting (or not cutting).
– Ball movement. 24 assists on 31 made baskets is a great sign that the Hawks are buying into the system. At times, the Hawks could even be accused of over passing and giving up open shots and driving lanes to make the extra pass. This commitment from the entire team to playing unselfishly will go a long way in developing their on-court chemistry.
– Schröder has plenty of adjustments to make. The rookie finished the game on a high note with the game winning floater, which will hopefully build his confidence, but struggled with a 4-15 shooting night and just 1-7 from the three-point line. He seemed to press at times at both ends of the floor and played a little too aggressive and found himself out of position on occasion on the defensive end because of it. His inconsistencies are not a major concern and he should continue improving as he becomes more comfortable with the offense and the pace and physicality of the NBA game.
– The pace with which the Hawks play with continues to be impressive. The Hawks transition and semi-transition game is one of their strongest attributes and through two games they have been consistent in looking to push the pace off of opponents misses and have even been quick to inbound the ball off makes and get up the floor before the defense. Pace has been the focal point of Coach Mike Budenholzer early on in training camp, and the first two games have been encouraging.