Atlanta Hawks fans were in a small state of emergency after their opening season loss against the Detroit Pistons. That loss is now a distant memory after the teamed peeled off three-straight wins to claim the top spot in the Southeastern conference.
The Hawks took down the Charlotte Hornets to cap off a weekend that included a win over the New York Knicks and back-to-back wins over the Hornets.
It wasn’t an easy road for the Hawks. A team still trying to get used to new players and new roles have really struggled in an area that they once considered a strength, defense. Their wins over the Hornets and Knicks each came down to the wire.
Last night, the Hawks squeaked out their third victory with a 94-92 win over the Hornets. Atlanta got big games from point guard Jeff Teague (18 points), Al Horford (16 points, 12 rebounds), and Kent Bazemore (20 points). But they also gave up a whopping 37 points in the third quarter to a Hornets team that struggles to get buckets.
They team is still trying to figure things out on offense as well. While the stat lines of some of the key players look good, the fact the team didn’t get to the free-throw line until the third quarter despite outscoring the Hornets 44-30 in the paint isn’t a good thing. Also the lack of chances to get easy buckets at the charity stripe should be a cause for alarm.
The Hawks will face their first real test since their loss to Detroit when they make their way to Miami to take on the Heat. The now Heat are 2-1 after a comeback win over the Houston Rockets Sunday night.
Dennis Schroder scored his 1,000th career point.
Tim Hardaway Jr., was picked up in the off-season as a possible replacement for DeMarre Carroll who left for Toronto in free-agency. So far, his tenure as a Hawk has been a dud. The former University of Michigan stand-out has yet to see the court in the 4 games he’s played.
2:00 PM ET, November 1, 2015
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Atl: P. Millsap 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Blk
Cha: N. Batum 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk