The Atlanta Hawks faced the Orlando Magic for the second time this weekend; here are a few things we learned from the box score.
The Atlanta Hawks bounced back from their Friday night loss with a 116 to 107 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday evening. In their last home preseason matchup, the Hawks looked much more comfortable on the floor with each other than they did just a couple of nights ago.
The injury bug is still affecting a few guys on the roster and Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn, Onyeka Okonwu, and Tony Snell have yet to make their Atlanta Hawks debuts. We don’t have any indication that these guys won’t be ready to go by the time the regular season starts, but the Hawks made do with the guys that were in uniform.
The Hawks finished the game with the box score filled by just about everyone. Here are a few things that we can gather about the team after their second preseason matchup.
The Atlanta Hawks may have solved their shooting problem
In their second preseason game against the Orlando Magic, the Atlanta Hawks shot the ball better than many fans can remember in recent years. Travis Schlenk and the front office set out to bring in more shooters to combat the Hawks’ league-worst .333 three-point shooting percentage from last season.
They may have solved that issue.
Newcomer Bogdan Bogdanovic had himself a ball game, finishing with 18 points on 7 for 15 from the field. Bogi went 40% from three-point range and two assists in his 27 minutes of play. He seemed much for confident in his shot than he was last game when he went just 3 for 10 and finished with 9 points. Bogdanovic found himself open for spot-up jumpers and was also able to create his own shots off the dribble, something that the Hawks have lacked from anyone not named Trae Young in the past few seasons. He’ll need to keep this up for the Hawks to peak.
Bogi is COOKING 🔥 pic.twitter.com/HGZkp3iFcx
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 13, 2020
Bogdanovic wasn’t the only player to find his range in the game as the Hawks made 17 of their 43 three-point shot attempts for a whopping 39.5% from beyond the arc. Trae Young went 40% from three as well and the Hawks shot the lights out all night. If they can do this consistently, the Atlanta Hawks ought to be a tough matchup for any opponent.
The Hawks had 7 guys in double figures for the game including Solomon Hill which surely came as a surprise to most Hawks fans.