Defense in Game Two
As previously noted, the Atlanta Hawks defense was bad in game one, but the team showed a considerable improvement in game two. Not only did they lower their points allowed by a sizable 36 points, but they also held Orlando to 29.4 percent shooting from the field.
The Hawks also limited Orlando to only 10 made threes on an inefficient 20.4 percent. They also more than doubled their steals total on defense, collecting 11 thefts.
The improved defense was a positive sign to show that coach Pierce will be able to implement the defensive schemes that he desires. Playing improved defense will be a major key for the Atlanta Hawks this season.
Shooting in Game One
The Atlanta Hawks shot a blistering 46 percent during their 109 point output, in the loss to the Pelicans. De’Andre Hunter, DeAndre’ Bembry, Cam Reddish, Alex Len, Damian Jones, Bruno Fernando, and Charles Brown all made at least 50 percent of their shots.
John Collins, Trae Young, and Vince Carter gave the Atlanta Hawks a total of 10 players to shoot 40 percent or better. De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Bembry all connected on at least 50 percent of their shots from beyond the arch. When the fast-paced Atlanta Hawks shoot the ball this way, they won’t lose very often, particularly if they play a smidgen of defense.