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.

Injuries

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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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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