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The Atlanta Hawks dropped their preseason opener to the Brooklyn Nets, 75-72 on July 7. NBA veteran Archie Goodwin led the Nets in the win with 14 points and six rebounds. Second-year man DeAndre Bembry led all scorers, netting 22 points on the night.
Bembry and fellow Hawks sophomore Taurean Prince had large expectations coming into the Summer League season. Prince struggled a bit with his shot, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds and five turnovers. Bembry’s performance was the story of the night. As someone whose role was mainly wing-focused during his rookie season, he brought up the ball for majority of the game. Although playing the primary floor general resulted in two assists and seven turnovers for “Dre,” Hawks fans could see that Prince and Bembry are eager to take that next step as a pair that’s going to be called upon this rebuilding season.
Got some of the kinks out, back at it Sunday 💯
— L.I.E (@taureanprince) July 8, 2017
Another bright spot for the team was rookie John Collins, who attacked the basket and the boards hard, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the field. Collins left the game limping and focused on his left knee while he was on the bench. Last November against Northwestern, Collins held his knee while limping to the bench as well and he returned the next game to put up 16 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Richmond.
Popular rookie Tyler Dorsey finished the game with two points and no three-point attempts in 16 minutes of action. 2017’s “Mr. Irrelevant” Alpha Kaba finished with four points, six rebounds and two turnovers. On one play, Kaba looked like he had no idea what to do with his feet when he caught the ball in the paint.
Former Hawks preseason guard Josh Magette finished with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one turnover and one block. He went two-for-two from three point range on the night.
Next up for the summer Hawks is a match up against the New Orleans Pelicans on July 9 at 4 p.m.