A good week for some of the youngsters.
It was All-Star Weekend for the players, which means it was a good time to relax. For other players, they participated in All-Star festivities. Hawks players Taurean Prince and John Collins were invited to play in the Rising Stars game. It was great to see both players out there for the team, and shows how their hard work is being recognized, despite being at the bottom of the league.
Everyone knows that during these type of games, nobody is playing defense. The players took advantage of that and the game turned into a Team USA mini- dunk fest. Of course, John Collins had to get involved, and boy did he show out with this dunk:
We have to try and find a way to get John Collins in the dunk contest next year because he was definitely snubbed this year.
The Hawks did play 2 games before All-Star weekend, so let’s take a look.
2/13 Vs Bucks L 97-92
The Hawks played a close game with the Bucks. The Bucks did pull off late in the 2nd half, but the team had one more push in them. Sadly, Ersan Ilyasova missed some big shots down the stretch that would have given the Hawks a chance of actually winning.
At Pistons L 104-98
The Hawks really didn’t have a chance of winning coming into this game. Dennis, Kent, and Ersan were ruled out. That gave a chance to some of the young players to get some more playing time. Andrew White showed out in his first NBA game with 15 points, which was the team high. His 15 wasn’t enough for the Hawks to get a win, as the Pistons got revenge after their loss to the Hawks days earlier.
What’s Up Next
2/23 At Pacers
Coming back from the break, both teams will both be refreshed. The Pacers will be getting ready for a playoff run, as they are 5th in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks… will just be continuing to compete as they can in the 2nd half of the season. Victor Oladipo will be too much for the Hawks to handle in Indiana. Prediction: Hawks 90 Pacers 104
Malik Brown (@_MalikATL)