If I had to summarize last night’s 117-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons in two words, those words would be Trae Young. Now of course, he had a lot of crucial help from his teammates, but Trae went off in the first game of his sophomore season. Trae led all scorers with 38 points. He also threw in 9 assists and 7 rebounds! People keep criticizing his efficiency, but he was extra efficient last night as he shot 11/21 from the field and 6/10 from three. Ice Trae started the game hot as he scored 16 points in the first quarter, giving the Hawks a ton of momentum. In those 16 points was a three pointer that was shot at the Pistons center court logo! Trae carved up the Detroit defense all night, getting any shot he wanted.
Overall, Atlanta looked incredible. Our biggest weakness has been our defense, and we held them to just 100 points, which for this NBA, that’s not a whole lot. We out rebounded Detroit 42 to 39 despite them having the best rebounder in the league, Andre Drummond. The Hawks shot the ball well too, shooting 51.2% from the field and 35.5% from behind the arc.
There were many other great solo performances for Atlanta, including John Collins, who recorded a double-double with 18 points, 10 boards, and a monstrous put-back dunk over the head of Drummond. Jabari Parker created a huge spark off of the bench with 18 points on 8/11 shooting. One of our rookies, De’Andre Hunter, had 14 points on 5/8 shooting. He also hit a couple of big shots throughout the game. Cam Reddish did struggle as he only had 1 point, but he looked solid on the defensive end. Hopefully he got the first game jitters out, and he can help contribute more moving into the rest of the season.
This was a great start to the season for the Atlanta Hawks. We look to continue that great play on Saturday night in our home opener against the Orlando Magic.