Weekly Flight: Week Two

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John Collins (J Brevard-USA Today).

The Hawks had a week they hope to soon forget. 

After an impressive opening night victory, the Hawks have been in free-fall. Losers of six straight and with a hard stretch in the schedule lying ahead, this season is getting away from the team quickly. While 99% of us fully expected the Hawks to win no more than between 25 and 30 games there were still a few believers (Shoutout Cookie and Ryan) that thought this team could accomplish more.

Even more frustrating is the fact that the team is battling hard and competing every night for all 48 minutes. When that doesn’t lead to victories, that can lead to the players losing confidence in themselves. Many of the young players have never experienced losing in their lives. Losing is also a new experience for Coach Bud who has never missed the playoffs as a member of a NBA coaching staff. Going forward, it’s vital for this team to win a big game or two to keep their fight and spirt up.

The Hawks suffered a dismal 0-4 week in which they were outscored by an average of 8 PPG. In most games, they are able to compete until late in the 4th quarter where they just don’t have the talent to compete.

10/23 @ Miami L 93-104

Without Dennis the Hawks were faced with a tall task scoring wise. They somehow managed to erase a 21 point deficit but could not sustain that momentum through the 4th quarter. Bazemore and Prince led the way with 20 points a piece, while Rookie John Collins had a Double-Double.

10/26 @ Chicago L 86-91

As expected, this was a barn burner. Again without Dennis Schroder it was a struggle to put the ball in the basket. The score was a lowly 35-37 at the half. Chicago built a solid lead in the 3rd quarter but the Hawks would once again battle back to take the lead on two occasions in the 4th. Marco Belinelli led all scorers with 23 points off the bench.

10/27 Vs. Denver L 105-100 

After two weeks on the road the Hawks finally got to come home for a matchup with old pal Paul Millsap. The first three quarters featured a back and forth tilt where the Hawks actually looked solid at times. Late in the 4th however, Paul Millsap proved why he deserved that contract with several clutch baskets. Dennis Schroder scored 20 in his return from an ankle injury.

10/29 Vs. Milwaukee L 117-106

Two minutes in to this one the Giannis had 9 points and the Hawks had to call an early timeout. The Bucks dominated from there as the Hawks could never really recover from the early deficit. Dennis Schroder once again led the scoring output with 21 points as well as dishing out 8 assists.

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Ersan Ilyasova (ESPN.com)

What’s Up Next

11/1 @ Philadelphia

If the Hawks are going to get a win within the next 2 weeks this is the one they need to get. Prediction: Hawks 101 76ers 99

11/3 Vs. Houston

Despite being a limited role player, DeAndre’ Bembry showed that he is the best equipped Hawk to guard James Harden. With Dre still out, Prince and Bazemore will have the tall task of stopping The Beard. Prediction: Rockets 129 Hawks 111

11/5 @ Cleveland

The Cavs have struggled so far this season (by their standards). However, they will find their groove against a struggling Hawks team. Prediction: Cavs 123 Hawks 97

Notes

  • F Ersan Ilyasova will miss 1-2 weeks with Knee Bruise
  • G Isaiah Taylor may be on his way to securing the backup Point Guard spot
  • Attendance will be a huge issue this year with the state of the team, arena feeling like a construction zone and ticket prices
  • G/F DeAndre Bembry will miss 3-5 more weeks with a Wrist Fracture
  • C Miles Plumlee should be returning from injury soon but I don’t see a spot in the rotation for him
  • Hawks optioned Josh Maggette to the G-League Monday. He can only be on Atlanta’s roster for 45 days

Record Last Week: 0-4

Predicted Record This Week: 1-2

Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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