Hawks G Dennis Schroder drives to the hoop against the Blazers. Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images
It wouldn’t be a Hawks game without a mind-blowing ending that had fans at the edge of their seats. After leading by 20 plus points early in the 4th quarter the Blazers were able to decrease the margin within single digits in the final minutes. There were plenty of positives from the Hawks despite of the horrible rebounding effort that favored a total of 50-31 for Portland. Portland opened the game with a quick 5-0 lead, but Atlanta immediately responded with an 11-2 run to seize control of the game. Although the Hawks never pulled away in the 1st quarter you could sense that Atlanta was prepared for the challenge presented by the Trailblazers. The Hawks moved the ball effectively; as a result, the offense appeared more cohesive for the majority part of the game. If it wasn’t for the poor rebounding and 6 missed three pointers, the Hawks would’ve had a possible maximum lead of 30 points at the half. In the third quarter Dennis Schroder really provided us with a spark, as he drove to the hoop with ease as he annihilated the Portland’s defense. Uncharacteristically, Schroder nailed a 30 foot buzzer beater at the buzzer. However, let’s credit the Blazers for their resilience on a night where they could’ve easily threw in the towel.
Up next for the Hawks, is the Detroit Pistons, a team that gave us headaches to start the season. The Pistons are led by Andre Drummond who has shown continuous improvement since opening night. Look for him to easily grab 20 plus rebounds Wednesday, along with contributing to the team’s scoring efforts. With the record of 16-12, the Pistons have taken the league by surprise. The 18-12 Hawks will be required to show a much better effort on the boards or else they will face a similar fate that they did on opening night.
Phil Veasley @ATLHAWKSphil