Trae Young confidence growing
Trae Young had a solid game against the New York Knicks, and he improved a lot more in this game. He had 13 points in the first quarter and continued to put his impact on the team with his passing as well. He finished the game with 20 points and nine assists, one shy of a double-double. As the season goes on, we should see more of Young getting in a rhythm early. He did go through a mini-slump after a 13-point quarter, but was able to get off it near the end of the game.
Defense still an issue
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Hawks have had the most points scored on them through the first two games. After allowing 126 to the Knicks, the Hawks gave up 131 to the Grizzlies. What’s concerning is that those two teams don’t have great offenses, so allowing them that many points is a disappointment. Last game, it was Tim Hardaway Jr. that went off for 30+, and this time around it was Garrett Temple. The team has to do a better job of closing out on 3-point shooters, something they’ve been struggling with a lot so far.
Taurean continues hot streak
This is a different Taurean Prince we’re seeing so far. He’s been way more aggressive and is hitting shots at a high rate. He led the team again in points with 24. This will definitely be a recurring theme this season as Prince might just be the go-to scorer on this team for now. It’s nice seeing the third-year player take a leap in his play.
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