The Atlanta Hawks fell to the NBA D-League Select team today 94-92 in sudden death overtime. Yep, you read that correctly: Sudden. Death. Overtime.
I wasn’t even aware that was a thing, but apparently in the Summer League, when games are tied after the first OT, you go into sudden death. Sounds awesome. Let’s go ahead and implement that into the Finals.
Anyways, while the Hawks did lose to the D-League, squad, today’s game was much better than their first blow-out loss during Summer League.
Dennis Schroder led the way with a 30-point game. He went 9-14 from the floor which was much better than his 2-13 performance yesterday and got to the free throw line 10 times. Here’s what our own Brad Rowland saw from Schroder in person:
Dennis finished the day with 30 (!) points on 9-for-14 shooting, but more importantly, he seemed to be in the paint at every turn (including 10 free throw attempts), and his ability to create havoc at the back-end of the opposing defense was extremely encouraging. His late 3-point barrage was something to see (three straight bombs), but more importantly, his shot looked cleaner and more fundamentally sound, and that is a significant takeaway.
Mike Muscala also had a great game, racking up 15 points and 15 rebounds while showing more hustle and energy on the defensive end of the court.
Adreian Payne followed up his first professional performance with a solid second, with 10 points and seven rebounds. In contrast, Lamar Patterson struggled from the floor, going 3-12 and en route to his 11 points.
The Hawks wrap up their Summer League schedule Monday at 4:00 p.m. against the Portland Trail Blazers. After that, the Summer League tournament will begin on Tuesday.