The Denver Nuggets were in town on Saturday to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The Nuggets are still near the top of the Western Conference after a strong start to the season at 17-9. Everybody has played an important part to their team, and their star player, Nikola Jokic has been impressive so far. These two teams faced each other early in November, and the results were not pretty for the Hawks. They looked to get their revenge Saturday.
The Hawks were without a couple of their players against the Nuggets. Jeremy Lin were without him after he suffered a back injury in Wednesday’s game. Miles Plumlee was doubtful to play with left knee pain and didn’t play a minute. Omari Spellman, Taurean Prince and Alex Poythress continued to be out after suffering injuries that will keep them out for some time. That meant the Hawks had to go deep in their rotation. Lloyd Pierce gave players like DeAndre’ Bembry some time playing point.
Trying to Contain Jokic
Jokic was the main point of emphasis for the Hawks on Saturday. He’s a player that can do it all for his team. He can control the paint, pass the ball and can shoot from the perimeter. The last time they played the Hawks, Jokic had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Hawks tried to throw multiple bodies at him and crash the boards when he was on the court. Jokic had an even better game than the first meeting with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists on 9-of-17 shooting. The seven assists proved that he is a big with a good IQ that gets his teammates open shots.
Hitting open shots
The Hawks have had a hard time hitting their shots in previous games. The games against the Washington Wizards was one of the bad shooting performances they had, especially from three. If the Hawks can settle down and hit their shots, they can keep up with the Nuggets. With a firepower offense like Denver’s, any kind of bucket will be good. Trae Young will have to get in the flow of the game early and try to get his offense going like earlier in the season.
Everything came together
The Hawks were able to show how well they can play as a team even when guys struggle. John Collins dominated with 30 points, 12 rebounds and dished out five assists. Bembry finished with 18 points and five assists. Defense was huge for Atlanta in the 106-98 win.
Atlanta’s next game is on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m.
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