The Hawks started off the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with a whimper, but there were a few things they were able to build off of. As they got in to the game against the D-League, it was apparent that they learned from their mistakes in the loss to Washington.
The game would come out and be an offensive show, as both teams were firing on all cylinders. Following a performance where he played well but didn’t shoot well, Dennis Schröder finally found the net, and he had an impressive day. Schröder ended up with 30 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and shot 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. The D-League Select team kept daring him to shoot, and it was clear Dennis was ready to take advantage of his opportunity.
The game would be back and forth for the majority, and this one would end up going to overtime. To reduce the risk of injury and fatigue, the NBA has made Summer League into a sudden death affair if it goes to double OT, and sure enough, the game would go to another overtime period. After a lot of rushed shots and good defense, Dennis Schröder saved the ball from going out under the D-League’s basket, and Devin Ebanks got it and laid in the game-winning basket. They ended up winning 94-92 in a thriller.
The Hawks showed much more poise and better decision making in game two, and it showed on the scoreboard. Mike Muscala continued his great play with 15 points, 15 rebounds, and continued his excellent passing with 3 assists. Rookies Lamar Patterson and Adrien Payne combined for 21 points and 12 rebounds, but Patterson seemed to stand out a bit more.
The Hawks will resume their Summer League campaign against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at 4 PM ET.