The Atlanta Hawks won their second straight game coming off of the All-Star break beating the Mavericks 111-107 behind a great night from John Collins. The win is encouraging for a team that has underachieved this season.
The Atlanta Hawks winning both of their last two coming out of the All-Star Break is an encouraging sign. Hopefully, it is a sign of a team that has turned the corner and will give more of an effort on defense.
Trae Young was double-teamed for most of the night leaving John Collins and Cam Reddish to do a lot of the heavy lifting.
Reddish scored 20 while playing tremendous defense and giving the Hawks an energy boost when they needed it most. Collins dropped 35-points with 17-rebounds and was the most consistent scorer on the night.
Trae Young scored 25-points most of which came in a late Hawk’s burst when they outscored Dallas 34-21 in the 4th quarter.
It was an impressive win two days after the Hawks beat the Miami Heat in an emotional win. While they remain the second-worst team in the East seeing them finish the season strong would be a sign they are at least headed in the right direction.
While they are nowhere close to playoff contention a late surge in a weak Eastern Conference is important. With Trae Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish, and Clint Capela the Hawks now have a young athletic core that should be able to win in the East.
This isn’t to say this team is capable of winning a championship, only that they should be far better than their record currently.
The Hawk’s next game will be on Monday against the 76er’s who arguably are the toughest team left on the Hawk’s Conference schedule. More to come as the Hawk’s season continues.