The Hawks finally ended their long losing streak Sunday.
After the loss Wednesday in Philadelphia, it appeared that it was going to be another winless week. The odds were against us with matchups vs. Houston and at Cleveland.
Nobody can question this team’s fight. It finally paid off as they caught a “sleep walking” Cavs team on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks took the lead early and never looked back. The Cavs would make many runs, including a furious rally at the end, but it would not be enough.
The win placed the Hawks at 1-2 for the week and 2-8 on the season. After facing Boston on Monday, the team has three off days which will hopefully allow for some of our injured players to get healthy. Here’s how it happened:
11/1 @ Philadelphia L 119-109
The Sixers raced out to a 17 point first quarter lead but as shown all season, there was no quitting. The Hawks fought back and took a six point lead in the 3rd quarter before running out of gas in the 4th. Dennis Schroder led the squad with 25 points on 10/17 shooting to go along with six assists. Covington, Embiid and Simmons dominated for the Sixers.
11/3 Vs. Houston L 119-104
Houston quickly raced out to a 20+ point lead but the Hawks would continually try to fight back. The Rockets three point shooting kept Atlanta at bay as they ran away with it in the 4th quarter. Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 18 points while Dennis and Prince chipped in 16. Harden had 29 points and 11 assists.
11/5 @ Cleveland W 117-115
It’s no secret that Cleveland has struggled big time on the defensive side of the floor this season. Those struggles were amplified as the Hawks hung 37 points on them in the 1st and 3rd quarters. Atlanta led by as many as 16 points and the Cavs never really made it close until the final seconds. Point Guard play was the story of the night as Dennis Schroder and Isaiah Taylor combined for 42 points and 12 assists on 15/25 shooting. Lebron led the Cavs with 26 and former Hawk sniper Kyle Korver netted 23 off the bench.
What’s Up Next
11/6 Vs. Boston
The Hawks finally have some confidence after the big win in Cleveland. It will carry over into the game vs Boston but Kyrie and Al Horford will be too much down the stretch. Prediction: 107-102 Boston.
11/10 @ Detroit
The Pistons have looked pretty good so far. Coming in rested and finally healthy, the Hawks will catch Detroit off guard behind a huge game from Dennis Schroder. Prediction: 111-104 Atlanta.
11/11 @ Washington
Too much Wall. Too much Beal. Prediction: 121-95 Washington.
- Hawks signed F Tyler Cavanaugh to a Two-Way Deal. He can spend a max of 45 days with the Atlanta Hawks. The rest of the time will be spent with the Erie BayHawks.
- G Josh Maggette continues to shine with the Erie BayHawks. He is the other Hawk on a Two-Way Contract.
- The injuries have piled up for the Hawks but most are short term. Ersan, Moose, Plumlee and Delaney could be back around Friday. Bembry is still a few weeks away.
- Isaiah Taylor has shined and appears to have solidified his position as the back up Point Guard going forward.
- Numerous technology issues have plagued the Hawks three home games.
- The Hawks are one of seven (including the Cavs and Warriors) who are giving up over 110 PPG.
- By the end of this week the Hawks will have played nine road games and only four home games.
- Hawks are 29th in attendance (14,773/15,700).
- Dennis Schroder is averaging 22.5 PPG. Highest Hawks average since Joe Johnson averaged 25 PPG in 2006-07.