Atlanta overcame a 13-point halftime deficit on Saturday and stormed back to defeat the Knicks 103-96. Kyle Korver knocked down six three-pointers on his way to 27 points and Atlanta snapped a brief two-game losing streak. The Hawks looked dead in the water during the first half but found the energy to turn it up on the defensive end in the second. Atlanta held New York to just 35 points in the second half on 34 percent shooting.
The Hawks will try to avoid an 0-4 start on the road Monday night but they will need a much better start to the game. Already this season Atlanta has saw big comeback attempts fall just short in Toronto and San Antonio. They had several chances to put away Charlotte in Friday's double-overtime loss but were unable to do so.
The team still appears to be finding its way. The offense hasn't been a crisp as what we saw last season and it appears that players are thinking instead of reacting. They seemed to shake that off a bit in the second half against the Knicks.
One player that has taken advantage of an opportunity to play is point guard Dennis Schröder who looks like he has nailed down the backup point guard job behind Jeff Teague. Schröder is averaging 7.8 points per game on the season but is shooting 73.3 percent from the field. He finished with 11 points and five steals in Saturday's win.
The Knicks are still battling the injury front and are expected to be without Pablo Prigioni, Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon again on Monday. Atlanta is relatively healthy except for rookie Adreian Payne who has is out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Game Date/Time: Monday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: NBATV, SportSouth
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM