9 months is a very long time, however the Atlanta Hawks lastly returned to aggressive NBA action on Friday night at State Farm Enviornment. Whereas the sport had all the hallmarks of the preseason, the Hawks additionally confirmed flashes of encouragement, although Atlanta finally fell to the Orlando Magic by a ultimate rating of 116-112.
The Hawks started the evening struggling to convert possessions into factors, however there have been some encouraging moments. DeAndre Hunter notched the primary factors of the season on the free throw line, and newly acquired wing Bogdan Bogdanovic made an early dent.
Not to be outdone, Trae Younger discovered Clint Capela for a stunning lob and end.
The Hawks started the evening taking pictures simply 4-of-17 from the ground (and 0-of-7 from three) with 5 turnovers, trailing by 13 factors after simply 9 minutes. For the remainder of the half, although, issues have been a lot improved, with Atlanta lastly drawing even halfway by way of the second quarter.
The Magic inched forward as soon as extra, however Atlanta completed robust behind the play of John Collins and a (very) lengthy-distance connection from Cam Reddish.
Regardless of taking pictures simply 35 % from the ground prior to halftime, the Hawks went into the break tied. A part of that was the group’s 11 offensive rebounds, together with seven mixed from Capela and Collins, however Atlanta was additionally aggressive in producing free throw makes an attempt, and the group’s protection improved after a sluggish begin.
The opening of the second half definitely featured sloppy play however, on condition that it was a preseason setting, that was something however a shock. On the brilliant aspect, Younger dug into his bag and located an on-model (and lovely) help to Capela.
Orlando did get the most effective of the third quarter, taking pictures 57 % to take a ten-level lead. Atlanta dedicated ten turnovers in the interval, and sloppy play was a problem, to the extent that it usually can be in a preseason sport.
The Hawks did reply, although, scoring the primary 5 factors of the fourth quarter and utilizing a 15-5 total run to tie the sport at 92-92. Hunter was a catalyst, attacking the rim with effectiveness, and Atlanta’s protection picked up on the identical time.
Given the setting, the Hawks relied closely on reserves down the stretch, together with the skilled debuts of rookies Nathan Knight and Skylar Mays. Atlanta led by a 103-101 margin with lower than 4 minutes to play, however Orlando nudged forward from there and completed off a slim victory.
Hunter led the group with 18 factors on 5-of-10 taking pictures, together with 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Elsewhere, Collins and Gallinari scored 14 factors every, with Reddish including 13 factors and eight rebounds. Capela completed his Hawks debut with eight factors and a group-main 14 rebounds in 20 minutes.
The Hawks and Magic will sq. off once more on Sunday night at State Farm Enviornment, with the Hawks scheduled to head to Memphis to face the Grizzlies subsequent week.