Lyou Atlanta Hawks were one of the great sensations of last season after being fifth in the regular league and getting into the final of the Eastern Conference, where fell with the Milwaukee Bucks, current NBA champions. It seemed the beginning of an exciting journey with a young team, attractive in the eyes of the spectator and with a leader called to reign in the NBA in the next decade.
However, at the start of the new season the Hawks seem to have seized the engine and are far from showing the level they taught just a few months ago, putting the reliability of the project in doubt. Collins does not finish breaking, Reddish he does not find the necessary regularity in his game, Huerter he alternates great nights like the last one against the Jazz with games in which he does not appear …
AND Bring young? The great star of the Hawks and one of the greatest talents of the new generation called to dominate the NBA is lost at this start to the season. Between the new regulation that penalizes shooters like him in the search for contacts and his own moment of form, the point guard does not finish finding the moment to explode. Against the Jazz he had everything in his face to vindicate himself and he did it for three quarters (27 points), but In the last 12 minutes he was shipwrecked in attack, falling to zero in the decisive moments of the crash (two missed triples and a loss in the last six minutes), questioning his leadership ability.
Donovan Mitchell showed again that he has taken the measure of the Hawks and with 27 points was the leader of some Jazz who do not want to lose the trail of the Warriors in the fight for the head of the West. The guard has the complicated mission of demonstrating that he can be the beacon of a winning project beyond the regular season and, for now, he is getting a run for it with performances as complete as the one he signed against the Georgia team.
- 76ers 109-118 Bucks
- Jazz 110-98 Hawks
- Clippers 117-109 Trail Blazers
How easy is life with Giannis Antetokounmpo on your team! That’s what Mike Budenholzer must think every night who knows the Greek is life insurance despite the Bucks’ absences. Before the decimated Sixers (sin Embiid, sin Harris, sin Simmons…) the forward Hellenic once again demonstrated that he is one of the great candidates for the MVP of the season with 31 points and 16 rebounds, being the leader of the fifth victory of the Wisconsin.
Much of the irregular march of the Portland Trail Blazers in this beginning of the season it is explained from the performance of CJ McCollum. The guard, Lillard’s usual squire in Oregon, is far from his best offensive level and his team notices it. Against the Clippers, McCollum hit the rival rim again and stayed at just 13 points after miss nine of his 15 field goals and his two attempts since triple.