(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks got back on the win column at Philips Arena defeating the Houston Rockets 112-97 . Coming in Dwight Howard dispelled rumors that he and James Harden had beef. But he sure played like he was sending a clear message to the Rockets and Atlanta….Daddy’s home! It was a good one in the ATL as Millsap, Howard and Kent Bazemore got to work early jumping out on Houston and they never looked back.
Houston didn’t help themselves with more than 20 turnovers and a number of missed shots from the arc. I don’t think it would’ve mattered though had those stats been reversed. The Atlanta Hawks wanted to give D-12 a win and stick it Harden and the Rockets and they did just that.
Atlanta needed this win after losing 2 in a row (Lakers and Wizards) but as you can see with this new look ATL team, they don’t dwell on the past. Atlanta got back to their style of basketball and added some flare too with Dwight Howard posterized KJ McDaniels with a block that was clearly all ball but the refs called a foul.
Post game Howard was asked about the hug he gave the ref who made the call. Howard said he admitted that he made the wrong call and Howard was sure to let him know that everyone makes mistakes. lol. Kent Bazemore also resurfaced scoring 20 points. Paul Millsap was among the double double tribe with 23 points and 11 rebounds with Dwight Howard’s 20 points 14 boards and Dennis Schroder’s 17 points 12 Assists.
As for the Hawks bouncing back after a tough loss against the Wizards, Coach Bud says, “You’ve been around our group. You know there’s a lot of character, a lot of fiber. when you lose and you don’t play and compete the way you’d like to and expect to, and what we’ve become accustomed to, you can’t wait to get out and play again. It’s just a testament to their character, how they’re made up, how they’re built.”
Let’s take a look at the stats:
Houston hurt themselves with 25 TOs they also missed a lot of shots from the 3 going 12-3 and offensively they just weren’t hitting. Harden led the Rockets with 30. 24 of those were from the 1st half. Atlanta on the other hand shot 52.9% from the field with Kent Bazemore hitting 20, Millsap 23, Howard 20, Korver 10 and Schroder 17. Up next the Hawks will head to Cleveland to take on Lebron and the Cavs.
(SL) – (Atlanta, GA) – As pre-season play continues for the Atlanta Hawks Coach Bud has to be pleased with how Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard are blending on the court. Schroder chipped in 17 points while D. Howard was good for 15 in their pre-season loss to the Detroit Pistons. Despite the 99-94 loss, Coach Bud had to be impressed with the way the two are working their way around the offense.
At first critics were skeptical and wondered if Howard would fit in with Atlanta’s style of play and now the dynamic duo is receiving one-two punch praise with some people likening them to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. By most accounts, Howard hasn’t played with a point guard this promising in his career.
Can’t really count Nash because he was nearing the end of his career while Schroder at just 23 years old is in his prime and expected to be one of the best PGs in the league. Superman is still lethal enough to fly and dominate on the pick and roll while Dennis with top speed is quick enough to get to the basket.
It could bring a type of heat to Atlanta that could make them the alley-oop city of the East. Will certainly be looking for more progression from these two on Sunday when they visit Orlando. Tip off is at 6pm.
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(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.
(SL) – The Atlanta Dream are 2-1 at the start of the new season. They had a lot of support for their win against Chicago. Dwight Howard was there with his parents. (His mom is a season ticket holder). I caught up with Howard and talked to him about the Dream, giving back to the community and who he thinks will take the NBA Finals!