The Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak after they won on the road against the Denver Nuggets. Despite multiple roadblocks in the early season, the Hawks are showing how scrappy this young team can be.
Since the John Collins suspension and Trae Young returned from his ankle injury, the Hawks have had trouble finding much consistency. When the news broke that Collins would miss the next 25 games, Trae put the team on his back to win against San Antonio that tonight, but since that win, the Hawks lost their next three games, which included a loss in overtime to the Portland Blazers. Last night, against a very good team in the Nuggets, the Hawks were able to get a much-needed win.
Once again, Trae Young shined in Denver last night. When the night ended, Trae had 42 points with 11 assists on 62 percent shooting from the field and three-point range. It was the kind of performance when Trae put this young team on his back to carry them to the win. Jabari Parker and Alex Len played major roles in the victory, but last night’s victory belongs to Trae.
Getting the win in Denver was crucial for the Hawks, who are in the midst of a long west coast road trip. The five-game road trip started with a whimper when the Hawks would fall in overtime in a tightly contested game in Portland. After Denver, the Hawks will go to Phoenix, a team that is playing some good basketball before going to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Clippers. The win in Denver can be the building block for the Hawks to finish this road trip on a high note, or at least not get buried in these five games.
Every win this Hawks team gets boasts the morale and confidence of this, mostly, young team. It was always going to be an uphill battle with Collins being out for an extended period, but for now, this Hawks team is keeping their head above water. If the team keeps getting shows from Trae similar to what he did in Denver, this Hawks team will do more than keep their heads above water. They’ll continue to shock some of these good squads, like the Nuggets.
The Hawks won’t get much downtime for their next game with the Suns. The Hawks return to action on Thursday, looking to ride the wave they caught in Denver. If the Hawks can find a way to win in Phoenix, they can go into the two LA games with a lot of confidence, which they will need when facing off with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kawhi Leonard. The Hawks will be back in action on Thursday at 9:00 P.M. ET.