Atlanta Hawks: Rapid Reactions to a Rough Night vs. Memphis

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Taurean Prince #12 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Prince had a great fourth to inspire some confidence going forward, and he finished with 3 steals, a block and 28 points on 10-15 shooting in just 23 minutes. A genuine highlight performance in an otherwise bleak night.

Trae Young had his first career 20-point game, making 4 of his 9 attempts from deep. Bazemore’s team-high 8 rebounds were the only saving grace of his otherwise horrid night. he clocked 22 minutes with just 3 points and 5 fouls.

While the signing of 41-year-old Vince Carter was fun in August, the novelty will wear off quick if he continues putting up games like these. No way around it, he was simply a liability on D tonight. It might not be his fault totally, as he should not be starting in 2018, let alone at the power forward position. His  -18 box plus/minus was the worst on the team at night’s end.

Jeremy Lin only played 17 minutes, as Bembry (12 points, 5 turnovers) ran the point when Young was on the bench in the third, another interesting rotation move by Pierce.

Final Takeaways:

  • Kevin Huerter played 13 minutes and recorded his first professional points.
  •  Alex Poythress had a mostly good day, nabbing 7 boards (4 offensive) with 8 points, a steal and a block. He also fouled out.
  • DeAndre’ Bembry nearly led the team in minutes with 32 off the bench.
  • Alex Len finished with a box plus/minus of +2, the only Atlanta Hawks starter in the positive, despite not passing the eye test.

Losing back-to-back by double digits is no way to start a season, but help should be on its way soon, as both John Collins and Dedmon look to return by the end of the month.

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The Hawks will try again for their first win of the year on Sunday, when they take on the Cavs in Cleveland.