Atlanta Hawks Training Camp: Day 2 Practice Report – Budenholzer Tinkers with Backup Units, Defense Will Be Priority

Atlanta forward/center Al Horford (15) guards guard/forward James Johnson (13) during a training camp practice in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (Photo/Taylor Craig Sutton)

Atlanta forward/center Al Horford (15) guards guard/forward James Johnson (13) during a training camp practice in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (Photo/Taylor Craig Sutton)

Day 2 of Atlanta Hawks training camp was yesterday, and the team held another two-a-day session with a practice earlier in the day followed by a closed practice at night.

The day started off with good news that second-year forward Mike Scott was back at practice after “tweaking” his ankle the day before, and ended with even better news when Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore reported that coach “Budenholzer said their were no injuries to report other than minor bumps and bruises.”

Vivlamore added the first-string unit of Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap and Horford remained intact for the most part, with the exception of second-year guard Jared Cunningham getting some first-team minutes. However, there were some switches to the second unit. ”Dennis Schroder, John Jenkins and Mike Scott ran with the unit. James Johnson and Damien Wilkins traded off at small forward and Elton Brand and Gustavo Ayon traded off at center.”

After practice, coach Budenholzer talked about how defense will be a priority for the Hawks this season.

“I think there are going to be a few non-negotiables but I think defensively if we are not good there we are not going to be as good as we want to be. I think there is a real simplicity with our defense and an accountability that comes with that simplicity so if they are not doing it or executing they are going to know it. It’s going to be a non-negotiable.”

Viv added the first-year head coach stressed the importance of finishing games to the team as practice was winding down. “He told the team that the end of games – both offensive and defensive execution – will be a priority.”

The Hawks wrap up their training camp trip in Athens later today, but will have one final practice before returning to Atlanta.

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Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Mike Budenholzer

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