The Atlanta Hawks saw their preseason record drop to 1-4 after a 90-82 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. In what has been a trend during the preseason, Atlanta dug themselves an early hole and then couldn't come all the way back despite a second half charge.
Atlanta came out of the gates slowly as they struggled offensively and quickly found themselves behind by as many as 17 points in the first half. Atlanta made just 6-25 field goals to start the game despite getting a number of good looks. Memphis had no such problems thanks to Jerryd Bayless who started the game in place of Mike Conley and hit his first seven shots from the floor. Bayless would end his night with 22 points while going 8-9 including 6-6 from three-point range.
Atlanta trailed 53-40 at the half but closed to within three at the end of the third after outscoring the Grizzlies 28-17 in the third quarter. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer pointed to the third quarter run as to an example of what he is looking for from his team.
The Hawks got a great game from Paul Millsap who stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Millsap went 8-11 from the field in 25 minutes before leaving with a sore Achilles. Jeff Teague had an all around solid game offensively finishing with 15 points and five assists while going 5-9 from the field.
Dennis Schröder returned after sitting out Thursday's game with a sore knee and finished with six points, five rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes. The bench as a whole struggled particularly from distance where they were a combined 0-12.
Ed Davis finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies while Jamaal Franklin and Marc Gasol added 10 points each.
The Hawks are back in action on Tuesday when they play their last preseason game at home against the Indiana Pacers.