Hawks Dominate Blazers, Advance To Vegas Quarterfinals
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The Hawks got their second consecutive win with a 88-65 victory over the Blazers to continue on to the quarterfinals in the Summer League tournament. Adreian Payne led the Hawks with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Stephen Holt added 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Bobby Brown led all scorers with 20 points, but the Hawks' defense did well to limit the Blazers to just 33.8 percent shooting as a team.
- Payne looked excellent on both ends of the floor and put forth his best performance of the summer. He seemed to be more under control on offense and was decisive about the shots he took. After admitting he was still learning where he was supposed to get his shots after the first game, it’s clear that Payne is becoming more comfortable in Atlanta’s offense.
- Trevor Releford’s jump shot is very impressive. The combo guard knocked down 3-of-5 three-point attempts on the afternoon, and did well creating space for himself off the ball with his movement.
- Edy Tavares continues to impress at both ends of the court. He finished with eight points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots and showed off a well-rounded offensive skillset. Tavares hit a baseline jumper, a nice jump hook, and drilled a pair of free throws in his 17+ minutes of action. His most impressive sequence of the day was when he blocked a Joel Freeland shot and then beat Freeland down the floor for a layup in transition on the other end. Tavares’ movement has been great all week, and that sequence was a terrific example of his athleticism at 7-foot-3.
- The Hawks defense looked very solid for the second-straight game. They did a much better job closing out on shooters on the perimeter, and between Payne, Tavares and Mike Muscala they have plenty of rim protection.
- Muscala and Dennis Schröder were relatively quiet on offense, but looked good defensively and made plays to help others get good looks on offense.
The Hawks will have an off day Friday before playing at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Story by Robby Kalland