Atlanta Hawks: 6 Takeaways from Narrow Loss to Knicks

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Miles Plumlee #18 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Air Plumlee!

Miles Plumlee, who had been buried on the bench for much of the season for the Atlanta Hawks, was exhumed by Lloyd Pierce when both Alex Len and Dewayne Dedmon were mired in foul trouble.

Lo and behold, Plumlee helped spark the Atlanta Hawks turnaround in the 4th quarter. He was a team-high +10 in BPM in only 11 minutes played. In that time, he piled up 8 points and 5 rebounds (4 OREBS), the loudest of which came on this mammoth putback smash on Enes Kanter’s dome:

Holy smokes that’s a good jam. Plumlee seemed to relish the opportunity to go against Kanter, who is a well-known irritant on-court. Plumlee responded by literally flipping him on his head in a sweet, wrestling-inspired move leading to a jump ball:

After a tough season last year, Plumlee looks to be in pretty terrific shape this year for the Hawks, and he provided a much-needed spark off the bench for a team that looked pretty listless up until his entrance into the game.

It’s good to see Plumlee play well, as we’ll have one more year of Miles on the Hawks next season as he continues on the 4-year/$50 million deal he signed in 2016 with the Bucks.

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That’s all for this game! The Atlanta Hawks play next on Friday against the Detroit Pistons at home. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. EST. Stay tuned to Soaring Down South for all your Atlanta Hawks news and updates.