Hawks Give Us A Glimpse Of What’s To Come This Season

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The Hawks played their first preseason game against the Miami Heat tonight. They did lose, but there were many things to be excited about for the team.

The first thing that looked different with this year’s team was the pace that they were playing at. The Hawks got out in transition many times during the game, which is expected from a young team. When you have players with speed like Schroder and Bazemore, getting transition points becomes second nature. Last year the Hawks played a lot of half court offense since they had proven scorers, but this year will be different. In the Summer League Collins, Bembry, and Prince showed us the positives of running the floor after a missed shot or rebound.

The Hawks preached defense over everything in training camp, and we saw a scrappy team this evening. It might not show up on the stat sheet but the Hawks were all over the ball for the most part of the first half. They were rotating hard and getting in between passing lanes consistently. With a team that doesn’t have much offensive power, turning defense into offense is a must. There were multiple breakdowns on defense, but it’s just the first preseason game. The more games this team plays together they’ll be abe to improve on both sides of the ball.

John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon were the two players that stood out the most in this game. Dedmon had an impressive first quarter for the Hawks. He played solid defense and was everywhere on offense, even on the 3 point line. I don’t think that’s his game but he did take 2 shots from beyond the arc. Besides that, Dedmon is going to be a nice player in Bud’s offense. He ran the pick-and-roll fine with Dennis, which allowed him to get some easy points for the Hawks.

Collins was on the boards all night. He had 15 rebounds in 19 minutes. He was still trying to end lives with his dunks, and we should expect that from him all season. He’ll be a great option coming off the bench for now, and if he can expand his offense he may find his way into the starting lineup sometime in the season.

The Hawks will travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Malik Brown

@_MalikATL

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Hawks @ Heat Preview (Preseason Game 1)

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John Collins (Jeremy Johnson).

A new era of Atlanta Hawks Basketball has arrived.

The Hawks unofficially begin their 2017-18 season tonight in Miami. It is the first of five preseason games for Atlanta. The shortened preseason (from 7/8 games to 5) is to compensate for the season being nearly two weeks longer.

While the Hawks are coming off a 43-39 season which resulted in a six game defeat to the hands of Washington, it is widely expected for them to be much worse this season. Gone are main components such as Millsap, Howard and Tim Hardaway JR.

This is solely Dennis’ team now. Unfortunately, Dennis found himself in a bit of trouble the other night after being involved in a bar fight.

This “should not” wind up being too big of a deal unless Dennis makes it one. If convicted the team and league could levy a five game suspension.

Matchup to Watch

Dennis Schroder VS Tyler Johnson:

Hawks fans will want to keep an eye on how Dennis responds to recent arrest. Despite just being the first preseason game, how he comes out tonight will say a lot about his character and leadership.

Injury Report

Atlanta

DeAndre’ Bembry. OUT

Miami

 Goran Dragic. Day-To-Day

Projected Starters

Atlanta 

G. Dennis Schroder

G. Kent Bazemore

F. Taurean Prince

F. Ersan Ilyasova

C. Dwayne Dedmon

Miami 

G. Tyler Johnson

G. Dion Waiters

F. Justice Winslow

F. James Johnson

C. Hassan Whiteside

TV/Radio Info

Local: None

National: NBA-TV

Radio: None

What’s on Tap

10/4 @ CLE (PRE)

10/6 @ DET (PRE)

10/9 Vs. MEM (PRE)

10/12 Vs. DAL (Pre)

10/18 @ DAL

Phil Veasley

@_ATLPhil