Schröder, Muscala Lead Way In Wild Second Summer Game
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The Hawks fell to the D-League Select team in their second game of Las Vegas Summer League in a wild 94-92 sudden death, double overtime game. Dennis Schröder bounced back from a tough shooting afternoon on Saturday with a game-high 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting and went 3-of-4 from behind the arc and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Mike Muscala added a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks. The D-League Select were led by 20 points from Tony Mitchell and 18 points from Trent Lockett.
- Sudden Death Double Overtime is crazy. Neither team was able to score on their first few possessions, and the game devolved into a wild scramble for loose balls and attempted tip-ins around the rim. The game ended when Devin Ebanks was able to finally get an open layup after a loose ball.
- Schröder’s jump shot is vastly improved from last year. He said after the game he worked on his shot with his coach back in Germany as well as in Atlanta this summer and it shows. His mechanics are much smoother and more rhythmic, and he is able to get his shot off quicker, especially off the dribble.
- Muscala’s ball-handling has been one of the most impressive things in the first two games for the Hawks. He has been great putting the ball on the floor and attacking out of the high post to create shots for either himself or others with kick-out passes. He said after the game that he was working hard on not holding the ball when he catches it to keep the offense moving.
- Casey Prather had a nice showing in his first appearance at Summer League. Prather had four points and a pair of steals, showing off his athleticism with a nice alley-oop dunk early and was active running in transition. Coach Ham said he has to improve his shooting consistency, but was impressed with what he brings athletically.
- Edy Tavares is big. He looked good in his 18+ minutes today, improving on his fouling from Saturday and continued to impress with his touch with the ball. His free throw shooting form looks very good and he showed nice touch with a hook shot.
- Adreian Payne is an exceptional athlete. Payne had a pair of monster blocks at the rim today, and continues to marvel with his leaping ability around the basket on both ends of the court. He also showed the ability to hit the corner three-pointer, although he still seems a bit out of rhythm with his jumper early in Summer League.
Story by Robby Kalland