The Hawks’ entire starting lineup (Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap, and Horford) sat out last night for the Hawks’ final preseason game against the Mavericks.
We should have expected a blowout against Dirk and company, right?
Dallas won 98-88, but the ATL reserves were able to keep it closer than one might expect. Dennis Schröder finally flashed some scoring ability and was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points. He did it in a multitude of ways, hitting catch-and-shoot jumpers, off the dribble jumpers, and finishing in the lane through traffic. He committed seven turnovers, but that’s not too surprising for a 20 year old making his first start. Defensively, he had two steals and four fouls, but he still disrupted Ellis and Calderon a lot. He’s gonna be tons of fun this year for the Hawks off the bench.
Mike Scott was flashing all of his offensive skills again, scoring 19 points and only committing one turnover. He even looked capable on defense at times, keeping Dirk in-check for some possessions. There were also some possessions where he didn’t keep his opponent in-check; it’s still a work in progress. Scott finishes the preseason with an average of 12 points in just 18.9 minutes per game.
Pero Antic and John Jenkins both had a tough night shooting, combining to go 0-for-10 from three-point range. Jenkins, however, did have a couple of nice takes to the bucket and Pero was again showing the great defensive prowess that we’ve seen so far from him this preseason.
I was somewhat impressed again by Jared Cunningham’s ability to get into the lane and draw fouls. He got to the free throw line 11 times (only made six) and looks like he might actually be of some use to this Hawks team. (this is assuming that he’s not allowed to jack-up jumpers, like he has so far, once the real games begin)
On the Dallas side of things, Gal Mekel, Vince Carter, and Shawn Marion were causing the most havoc. Dirk didn’t look bad, but he only had 17 points on 17 shots. Monta Ellis had six turnovers, then said afterwards that he might be passing too much. (he shot 5-for-13 from the field on the night… Good luck with that Dallas)
The Hawks now have a week before the regular season starts, in Dallas, on Wednesday. This appears to be plenty of time for Horford (sore hamstring) and Millsap (sore Achilles) to recuperate from their injuries.
The Hawks will make their home opener next Friday (Nov. 1st) against the Raptors.
Which is to say… real basketball starts soon!!