The Atlanta Hawks returned home Monday, Dec.3 to State Farm Arena and snapped a ten-game losing streak beating the Golden State Warriors 104-79.
Trae Young was impressive as always posting 24 points and 7 assists. Also Hawks rookie De’Andre Hunter continuing his stellar play as of late scoring 18 points on 43 % shooting for the night. A huge sigh of relief as Hawks finally get back on the winning side of play.
The Hawks have been mostly awful during the ten-game losing streak. Five of their last ten losses have been by 15 or more points. Their worst coming in their last game at the hands of the Houston Rockets by 47 points. In that game, Rockets’ star James Harden had 60 points through three quarters.
The young team does deserve some slack though. They have been battling injuries early on with key role players being out, such as Evan Turner and Kevin Huerter. Also dealing with the suspension of the team’s second-best player, third-year power forward John Collins. Last year Collins averaged nearly a double-double, posting 19.5 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. The Hawks are missing that production and his presence in the paint, but they are learning the NBA doesn’t make excuses for you.
The young Golden State Warriors squad are learning that same lesson as well this season. They came into the season with no Klay Thompson and early on lost Steph Curry for a significant amount of time with a broken left hand. Off-season free agent pick up D’Angelo Russell have been in and out the lineup some this season. As well as Draymond Green. Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr spoke about his team’s effort and play against the Hawks with a depleted roster.
Kerr said, “We were dribbling through traffic instead of moving the ball, everybody was trying to make a play. We got frustrated, and we didn’t have any rhythm or flow to the game, and I thought Atlanta really punished us for our mistakes and played well.”
The Hawks will continue their homestand with their next game on Dec. 4 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors will continue their road trip in Charlotte on Dec. 4 against the Charlotte Hornets.