The Atlanta Hawks beat the OKC Thunder 142-126 handing former Hawk’s point guard Dennis Schroder a loss in the process. The win was both a statement from Trae Young and a sign of things to come.
Dennis Schroder and the Atlanta Hawks always have had somewhat of a tenuous relationship. Dennis often was easily frustrated and portrayed a poor attitude on the bench and on the court during his time in Atlanta.
It was this attitude that led Atlanta to realize Dennis wasn’t going to be a part of their rebuild or team long term. Before last night’s game, Dennis commented on his time with the Hawks slipping in a slight jab at the end saying his time with the Hawks came to an end because he didn’t want to go out every night attempting to lose.
In the full context of his comments, it is somewhat of an understandable answer, but it was an unnecessary one that was typical Dennis Schroder. The Hawks greeted their former point guard with one of their best offensive efforts of the season scoring 45 points in the second and fourth quarters.
Everything from the pre-game comments to the way he played in comparison to Young made the reasons the Hawks traded Dennis evident.
Young played one of his better games of the season scoring 24-points adding in 11-assists and 6-rebounds. Even with less talent around him, Young showed how much better of a distributor and deep range scorer he is and will be then Dennis.
Tuesday’s victory was both a sign of things to come and a clear sign the Hawks made the right decision. Young is the Hawk’s future and Dennis is better off anywhere other than in Atlanta.