Dennis Schröder wasn’t haven’t a good night. He was putting up a lot of awkward jumpers, making some silly turnovers, and was sometimes being schooled by veteran Ramon Sessions. However, Dennis put all of that behind him to hit the game-winning layup with 2.1 seconds left in the game, thwarting what had been a furious comeback attempt by Charlotte.
Schröder’s woes were reflected with a 4-for-15 shooting night and five turnovers in 27 minutes. However, the young German did manage to rack up seven assists on the night, five of which went to Mike Scott, who continued his great stretch of basketball by scoring 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He and Jeff Teague were largely responsible for the Hawks’ hot shooting first quarter (33 points on 12-for-21 shooting), where the two combined for 13 points on 6-for-8 from the field. Teague’s night dropped off from there, however, as his disjointed playing time after the first led to him only scoring one bucket in his next five attempts.
Two other Hawks joined Scott in double figures. Kyle Korver found his stroke, scoring 14 points by connecting on three 3-pointers and sinking five free throws. DeMarre Carroll also displayed some shooting touch, hitting both of his attempts from behind the arc and using some great cuts to the basket to get some looks near the rim. All of Carroll’s 12 points came in the first three quarters, where the Hawks were then holding a 72-66 lead.
Al Horford sat out this game with in order to rest, giving Elton Brand plenty of time to shine. The 15-year vet proved that he can still anchor a defense, coming up with seven blocked shots in 30 minutes of play. With Josh Smith gone to Detroit, Brand could prove to be the defensive presence the Hawks need in order to allow Horford to use more of his energy on offense.
One big problem you could argue the Hawks had against the Bobcats is that they were over-passing. An unselfish team is a great attribute, but there plenty of times where a good, open shot was passed up in order to make another extra pass. As Dominique said, “You know Lou Williams isn’t going to be passing up those shots!”
Speaking of Dominique, his nephew Damien had a bad night. The younger Wilkins was having trouble finding his shot, throwing up some airballs and having a few looks clank awkwardly off of the backboard. It figures that the Hawks may want to add another wing player, but it won’t be Damien if he’s playing offense like that.
On the Bobcats end of things, class continued to be in Sessions! (bad pun? Yeah, it is) Sessions scored 17 points in just 24 minutes, victimizing both Teague and Schröder with his ability to get in the lane. Sessions was a thorn in the Hawks’ side last year, averaging over 20 points and more than six FTAs per game against ATL. The Hawks won all four of those games, but he definitely presents a problem in that the Hawks could still have problems containing crafty point guards, even with Schröder’s defensive prowess joining the squad.
The Hawks will play their next game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday in Biloxi, MS. Their first home preseason game will be after that on October 17th against the Spurs.