2010 Las Vegas Summer League
Hawks Close Out Vegas Schedule with a Win
In some ways it is a shame that it has to end. The Hawks won their third straight Summer League game on Sunday night, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-83 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. It was the final game for this crew that started off with two tough losses before coming together behind strong play from Jeff Teague and Jordan Crawford.
In the win over the Timberwolves both Teague and Crawford each repeatedly penetrated deep into the lane on their way to 15 points apeice. Randolph Morris provided a nice lift off the bench with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting while James Augustine continued to pound the boards, finishing with 10 rebounds.
Atlanta Dominates D-League Select
The Hawks started the summer with two tough losses, but have now followed it up with two straight blowout victories. Atlanta led by as many as 24 points on Saturday night before coasting to an easy 97-86 victory over the D-League Select in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The Hawks committed only 10 turnovers in the game (extremely low for Summer League action) while converting 18 D-League turnovers into 21 points. Jeff Teague and Jordan Crawford continued to lead the way, finishing with 19 and 18, respectively.
Hawks Soar Past Bucks, Earn First Win
The Hawks made sure about this one. Atlanta never trailed on their way to a 83-60 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League. Richard Hendrix scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first quarter to set the tone as the Hawks raced out to 22-13 advantage.
Deju Vu in Game Two: Hawks Fall 89-84 to Spurs
For the second straight game, the Summer League Hawks dug a deep hole in the first half, rallied to make it a game late, and ultimately faltered down the stretch. In Wednesday's 89-84 loss to the Spurs at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas the Hawks fell behind by 23 points in the second quarter before fighing back in the second half to make it a one possession game on several occasions. Defensive lapses and couple costly turnovers stalled the comeback in the final minutes.
Atlanta's troubles in the first-half could be attributed to committing 16 turnovers that led to 25 points for San Antonio. The Hawks and point guard Jeff Teague did a much better job of taking care of the ball in the second-half (only six turnovers) and shot a much higher percentage from the field. Jordan Crawford continued to impress in the early going. He finished with a team-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting. >Read more about Jordan Crawford on the Blog
Hawks Edged by Memphis 89-85 in Summer League Opener
The Summer League version of the Hawks fought back from a 17-point deficit to tie the game twice in the final minutes before ultimately falling to the Memphis Grizzlies 89-85. The loss was encouraging, however, as the Grizzlies are fielding one of the more seasoned teams in the summer league, led by O.J. Mayo who has started all 244 games of his NBA career and averaged 17.5 points last season.
Early on this game quickly reminded me what to expect from NBA Summer League. There are going to be a lot of turnovers, a lot of energy, and a lot of whistles. the quarters are only nine minutes long, but this game took a full two hours, even without media timeouts.
Many were hoping to get a glimpse at some new offensive schemes that are anticipated with Larry Drew taking over the coaching responsibilities, but keep in mind the fact that these guys have only had four practices (in three days) and this is Summer League. I will say that there were some solid possessions on offense that featured great ball movement, and a couple instances of effective two-man games. On the defensive end there seemed to be a lot of ball pressure, an area that new assistant coach Lester Conner is said to be focusing on. >Read the Full Blog Post