Atlanta Hawks: Rapid Reaction to 113-102 Loss vs. Hornets

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Now it’s time for some rapid reactions to an optimism-inducing 113-102 Atlanta Hawks loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

The Atlanta Hawks started hot in this game taking a lead into halftime, but Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets were too much to handle tonight.

The Hornets defeated the Hawks 113-102. While the Atlanta Hawks took the loss, there were still some positives to highlight.

We got another double-double from rookie sensation Trae Young. He finished with 18 points and 10 assists in a game he struggled to shoot from three-point range, but he flashed his speed and his uncanny ability to not only get to the rim but also finish there.

Ice Trae has proven he can find ways to score and also dish the rock to his teammates at a high level even when he struggles from behind the arc, which is huge for him and for the Atlanta Hawks after many people doubted his ability to create space and opportunities at the NBA level.

We saw Kevin Huerter get his first career start with Taurean Prince having the night off with an injury. He didn’t have much of an impact and lacked an eye-popping stat line, but it is always good to see the future of this Hawks team playing big roles early in their career.

Omari Spellman also started in the vacant power forward spot that is anxiously awaiting the return of John Collins.

Kent Bazemore had a big second half, scoring 15 of his 16 points after halftime. He continues to bring unmatched intensity and energy to the floor night-in and night-out even when he doesn’t have his best stuff.

Jeremy Lin kept the Hawks in the game for a while, even with Trae Young on the bench. Lin poured in 19 points in 18 minutes and was one of the bright spots for the team tonight.

This game was a lot closer than the final score indicates and with Taurean Prince and John Collins out tonight the Hawks still gave themselves a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.

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Stay tuned for more coverage of this game with Takeaways from this tilt coming tomorrow morning. Keep it locked to Soaring Down South for all your Atlanta Hawks news and updates too.