The Hawks’ run is over in Las Vegas as the team lost their quarterfinal matchup to Houston, 78-71. The biggest issue for Atlanta was their horrendous shooting, as the team only connected on three of their 28 3-point attempts. Otherwise, the team did a lot of things well; they got the line (18-for-26), controlled the ball (only 14 turnovers, which is excellent for Summer League), and a nice effort on the offensive glass. (11 offensive boards)
Here’s how things broke down for individual players:
- Dennis Schröder was fantastic and his box score doesn’t quite reflect how well he played. “Slashing Schröder” had several nice takes to the basket and he was tied as the team’s leading scorer with 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He was only credited with four assists, but he should have had many, many more; the team’s 25-for-71 overall shooting tanked what was a great passing and offensive performance from the young German.
- Mike Muscala was again the most consistent Atlanta player on the floor. He is not going to be the catch to run the highlight reel, but that is not what really matters; Muscala has shown a lot of growth this summer from last summer. He is more skilled off of the dribble, is more refined in the post, and has quite a keen knowledge of the NBA’s verticality rules. He doesn’t always get stops, but at the very least, he is avoiding fouls that most young players commit. He and Dennis also showed some nice chemistry on the floor.
- Adreian Payne struggled HEAVILY shooting the first half, shooting 1-for-10 from the field. He rebounded slightly in the second half, going 3-for-5 in that period, but the way he missed showed that he still needs to adjust to the length of the NBA 3-point line. A lot of his shots were open and they came up short; probably won’t be too much of a problem, as he was hitting the previous game. On a more positive note, his defense throughout the entire game was stellar.
- John Jenkins was a DNP again and at this point I am starting to wonder if he will ever put a Hawks uniform on again. Seriously, the Hawks appear to be going for a plentiful amount of depth and Jenkins taking up a roster spot might not be ideal for Danny Ferry and co.
- Like Payne, Stephen Holt missed a lot of open looks (2-for-8 on 3s), but I still like him as a potential bench option going forward.
- For the third consecutive game, I was impressed by the effort of Florida’s Casey Prather at small forward. I don’t think he’ll amount to much with the Hawks, but he was fun to watch.
- Tavares was absolutely SCHOOLED on a dreamshake by Donatas Motiejunas. Obviously Edy is big (BREAKING), but he’s still extremely new to the game of basketball; he is still super raw in skill.
The Hawks may be done with Summer League, but HawksHoop is not. Expect more in reactions and analysis in the coming week.