(SL) – If I told you that Tim Hardaway Jr. started the preseason out 3-30 you probably wouldn’t believe me but as true talent and focus hold true, the youngin’ resurfaced as the new season approached and he hasn’t looked back. In the Atlanta Hawks’ season opener he was 8-13 from the field , 3-5 from the arc and ended up with 21 points behind Paul Millsap who led all scorers with 28.
The Hawks had an explosive season opener. If this is what we can expect from the Hawks this year we’re in for a real treat. D. Howard smashed the boards while Paul Millsap continued to prove why he’s one of the top 3 players in the league and Timmy J…has found his confidence and yours! Post game he talks about their win over the Wizards, bonding and getting back to his game!
(SL) – Hope Coach Bud Is Okay! He was wearing a soft cast Tuesday as he recovered from surgery for a broken finger, which made for an especially scary moment during Atlanta’s preseason game against the Pelicans.
Pelicans’ Langston Galloway chased after a loose ball out of bounds, he collided directly with Budenholzer and knocked him over near press row. Coach visibly in pain left the game and didn’t return.
The Hawks went on to win the game 96-89 and were led by Timmy J who had 16 pts.
(SL) – It happens to the best of them. All seems well and then here and there you fall into a shooting slump. Such is the case right now for Atlanta shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. who has struggled during the preseason shooting 3-30, 0-11 from the perimeter.
(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) – Low scoring game but the Hawks looked real good against the Hornets. 87-76 was the final score. Tim Hardaway Jr. continues to increase his effort defensively and offensively. He had a great game with 11 points, 5-8 from the field and Atlanta was +20 with Hardaway Jr. on the court.
(SL) – The Hawks continued to find their rhythm dominating defensively and moving the ball around resulting in an impressive 31 dimes. Add 47 boards to the mix and 49 points from the bench and you’ve got a recipe for victory. Tim Hardaway, Jr. was responsible for three of those assists. He also put up 8 points. I caught up with him in the locker room where he talked about honing his skills in the D-League and the adjustments he’s made.