Atlanta Hawks: 4 Observations from Week 1

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Oct 30, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward

Paul Millsap

(4) rebounds the ball over Charlotte Hornets forward

Cody Zeller

(40) in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


Last season, the Atlanta Hawks were known for their crisp and intelligent play on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Crisp ball movement from side-to-side allowed the Atlanta Hawks to exploit mismatches and become the second best passing team in the league. Thus far in the 2015-2016 season, playing crisply has not been a priority of these Hawks —  though it may not be there fault.

It takes time for a team to gel, even if players are returning. After a long offseason, and the addition of new players to the squad, it’s clear that the Atlanta Hawks still need time to develop chemistry and replicate last season’s performance. The lack of chemistry is especially evident on the offensive end, as I’ve noticed more isolations on offense than I did last season. It will take time and patience from fans.

The defense is less concerning, but the lack of rebounding once again is a worry. Tiago Splitter was acquired in order to mitigate the lack of prowess in cleaning the glass, but has been almost a non-factor thus far. Of course, it may change as early as this week, but still, the Atlanta Hawks must become a better rebounding team. The last two games against Charlotte have evidenced the Hawks sloppy play, but of course, it’s still too early to draw any real conclusions about this team.

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