Three Atlanta Hawks players saw action in the NBA D-League last night with differing levels of success. Tim Hardaway Jr and Walter Tavares were in uniform for the Canton Charge who dropped an 116-93 decision to the Iowa Energy at home. Lamar Patterson saw his second stint of the season with the Austin Spurs in a 137-132 home win over the Reno Bighorns. All three players are likely to be recalled before the Hawks' schedule resumes on Wednesday.
Patterson got to take part in a fun up and down game with Austin and came two rebounds shy of a triple-double logging 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in 35 minutes of work. Patterson was 7 for 17 from the field and 2 for 6 from three-point range. In three D-League games this season, Patterson is shooting 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.
Tim Hardaway Jr's tough season continued through his two-game assignment with Canton. Hardaway played 32 minutes on Saturday and finished with 15 points. He was 3 for 12 from the field and 9 for 11 from the free throw line. The best part of his weekend was his ability to get to the charity stripe where he finished 17 for 19 in two games. However, his three-point shot has completely disappeared. After going 1 for 10 from deep on Friday, Hardaway followed that up with an 0 for 4 performance on Saturday.
The plan was for Hardaway to get on the court and play extended minutes. He accomplished that this weekend as he topped 30 minutes in each. The coaching staff likely wasn't worried about his performance, but it was less than encouraging. Mike Budenholzer continues to maintain that Hardaway has a great attitude as he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore prior to the assignment.
"He has been great," Budenholzer said of Hardaway. "The way that he has attacked and worked - before practice, after practice, the weight room, his conditioning, getting stronger, all those things. I think he is understanding some of the things we are doing defensively. I'm very happy with his approach to everything."
Walter Tavares had his worst D-League outing of the season also for Canton on Saturday. Tavares finished with four points and two rebounds in just 13 minutes of action due to foul trouble. How bad was it? He picked up five personal fouls before halftime.