The Atlanta Hawks tried to get revenge on the New York Knicks from opening night, but they couldn’t get the job done on Nov. 7. They lost their second matchup, 112-107, with another big game from Tim Hardaway Jr. The game was close throughout the first half, but the Hawks came out slow to start the second half. You can say that the team probably was tired after playing a back-to-back, but the Hawks have had these type of games before. Here are some takeaways from Wednesday’s game.
Turnover problem continuing
The Hawks have had a constant issue so far of turning the ball over this season, and it hasn’t got any better. They had 17 turnovers, which isn’t that bad. The problem was that most of them came in the third quarter where the game was still close. Sadly, those turnovers get the other team points, which doesn’t help the Hawks at all. Hopefully as the season progresses, that part in their game will improve.
Threes not falling
Coach Pierce wants to take a lot of threes, as he reiterated many times. There were a lot of threes taken, and you can’t say most of them were good. The Hawks took a lot of threes early in the shot clock, which was not a good idea. Usually, when you miss a deep three, the other team is out on a fast break to get an easy bucket. The team was probably trying to shave the lead down quickly with perimeter shots, but that game was not there game. Shooting 29 percent isn’t going to win you many games.
Spellman coming along
Omari Spellman has looked good these past couple of games since being inserted in the starting lineup. He played 28 minutes and had a solid stat line of 18 points and 10 rebounds. His confidence is probably starting to grow as the games progress. So far he has looked like a nice draft pick for the Hawks.
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