The Hawks were in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to take on the New York Knicks. The Hawks were still searching for their first win of the preseason, and finally came through with a 100-96 victory. Here are some takeaways from the game.
Less turnovers, less problems
The biggest problem so far in the preseason has been turnovers. Over the past three games, the Hawks have had 29, 27, and 25 turnovers. Against the Knicks they only had 11. At the end of the first half they only had two, which was an encouraging sign for the team. Most of the turnovers came from traveling violations, something the league has put a big emphasis on heading into the season.
Coming into the game, Trae Young was leading the preseason in turnovers, but he didn’t have a single one this game. If the Hawks and Young can limit their mistakes, they’ll be more efficient on offense.
Carter got game
When Vince Carter wants to shoot, he will shoot. Carter had 17 points and went on a three-point frenzy in the second quarter. He also hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:31 left in the game. The Hawks need to make sure Carter saves some of that juice for the regular season.
Bembry continues solid play
DeAndre’ Bembry continued his solid play against the Knicks, but he didn’t do it all with scoring. Despite going 2-for-14 from the field, Bembry did most of the dirty work for the Hawks with nine rebounds and four steals. He was everywhere on the court grabbing offensive rebounds and making plays on the ball.
Coach Pierce elected to start him in the second half, and he played the with the same energy with the starters as well. Depending on if Kevin Huerter will be healthy to start the season, Pierce might keep Bembry in the starting lineup. He brings another ball-handler in the lineup and his defense will be a plus.
Young, Collins both have good showings
It has been hard to find a Young-Collins connection so far in the preseason, but against the Knicks there was a good dosage. Young found Collins on multiple looks during the game, whether it was on the block or on the perimeter.
Teams have tried to slow down the duo during the preseason, which is why the offense has struggled at times and turnovers have accumulated. When those two are connecting at a high rate, it’ll open the offense for other players to contribute as well.
Hunter, Reddish fitting in nicely
The two rookies continue to impress throughout the season. Hunter looks like he’s been in the league for a while now with how he’s been playing. Offensively, he looks fluid stepping into his shots and making the right play. He can also put the ball on the floor, a part of his game nobody speaks on much.
Cam Reddish bounced back after a sluggish game against the Heat on Monday night. Most of his points came in the paint this game, and he also showed his ability to make an impact on defense as well. The more these two have played in the preseason, the more we’ve seen them come into themselves more.
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