(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks put their starters in the game against the Cavs and let the city get a taste of what they can expect from Dwight Howard who led all scorers with 26 points and shot an impressive 11-15 from the field. The Cavs however, chose to sit their starters down.Atlanta was happy to see Howard hit the court responding with a rousing applause when his name was called.
As for playing his first home game in his hometown, Howard said, “I didn’t think about it. I just wanted to go out and be aggressive from the tip and just have fun.” Howard also talked about his connection with Dennis Schroder saying, “It’s getting better. There are a lot of things we have to really work on – the pick-and-roll, making sure I have a chance to hit his man. Just simple things we can fix. That comes with time.”Dwight did what he had to do and took a seat while Tim Hardaway Jr continued to struggle shooting 1 for 7 from the field, 0-4 from the arc. In two pre-season games, Hardaway is 2-20, 0-8 from the 3pt line. Not sure what’s going on with the Guard who has been a hot topic when the conversation of who stays and who goes comes up. Post game Coach Bud didn’t single anybody out as he discussed what he’s looking for from his group as a whole.
The Hawks will take on the Pistons on Thursday at 7:30 at Philips Arena.