The Atlanta Hawks lost their second game of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies, 131-117. Here are some takeaways from the game.

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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Mediocrity and heartbreak. That’s what your life consists of being an Atlanta sports fan, and I’ve lived it for years now. The Atlanta Hawks have been labeled as mediocre for 10 years straight. Even when they were one of the best teams in 2015, they were swept by the Cavaliers in the Conference Finals. The Falcons are nothing different. Mediocre enough to get to the playoffs, and then vulnerable enough to break your hearts at the end. I know you watched the Super Bowl. So as an Atlanta fan you’re either going to get one or the other. It’s sad to say, but I’m numb to it. One day we’ll break this curse, the question is when?
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Content Creator at Armchair Hawks The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Mediocrity and heartbreak. That’s what your life consists of being an Atlanta sports fan, and I’ve lived it for years now. The Atlanta Hawks have been labeled as mediocre for 10 years straight. Even when they were one of the best teams in 2015, they were swept by the Cavaliers in the Conference Finals. The Falcons are nothing different. Mediocre enough to get to the playoffs, and then vulnerable enough to break your hearts at the end. I know you watched the Super Bowl. So as an Atlanta fan you’re either going to get one or the other. It’s sad to say, but I’m numb to it. One day we’ll break this curse, the question is when?

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