The Atlanta Hawks switched up their starting lineup for Monday's game, starting DeAndre Kane, Lamar Patterson, Glenn Robinson III, Brandon Ashley, and Edy Tavares against the D-League Select squad. Mike Muscala, although suited up, did not warm up, and saw no action in this one.
Glenn Robinson III continued to impress, throwing down a thunderous dunk midway through the first quarter. The D-League Select team and Hawks traded baskets all throughout the quarter. Robinson III and Trey McKinney-Jones led the Hawks with 4 points apiece in the quarter. We also saw Jon Horford and Tomas Bellas for the first time this summer, as neither played any minutes the first two games. Bellas closed out the first quarter with a jumper, giving the Hawks a 21-20 lead.
The second quarter was a much different story. The D-League select found themselves on a 9-0 run in the first half of the quarter. Edy Tavares picked up his fourth foul with 6:59 left in the quarter, with about six minutes of playing time. Justin Dentmon was the story of the quarter for the D-League Select, scoring 12 consecutive points in the quarter to help his team open up a 46-32 lead. Robinson III led the Hawks in scoring for the quarter with four points, in what was an offensive struggle for the team. The D-League Select would lead at the half, 50-34.
The D-League Select would extend their lead in the third, as the Hawks offense continued to struggle. The highlight for the Hawks was yet another powerful dunk from Glenn Robinson III, who continued to display his great athleticism. D-League Select led 67-49 at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter was largely the same as the second and third, although we did see more Edy Tavares. Tavares got started with an alley-oop from Lamar Patterson a few minutes into the quarter. He also knocked down a pair of free throws in the quarter, and followed that up with another dunk, this one assisted by Terran Petteway. The Hawks were able to narrow the gap in garbage time, and lost by an 84-74 final score.
Justin Dentmon finished with 15 total points after going on a tear for the D-League Select in the second quarter. Scotty Hopson had 11 points, and Casey Prather finished with 13, most of which he accumulated in the fourth quarter.
Lamar Patterson led the Hawks in scoring with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and also contributed five rebounds. Edy Tavares posted a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Glenn Robinson III posted 10 points for the Hawks, continuing to display highlight-reel explosiveness.
Although the Hawks began their pre-tournament journey in Las Vegas with a 1-2 mark, we saw a lot of different things from different prospects that could show production for the Hawks in the future, if they continue to develop. Stay tuned as tournament play begins later in the week.