A 24-0 run played a significant part in the Atlanta Hawks falling to 1-1 with a loss on Friday evening in Charlotte. Less than 48 hours later, the team will be taking the floor in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon and, for the first time in 2017-2018, Atlanta will be seeking redemption from a loss.
The Nets have played two (very) wild contests against the Pacers and Magic in the early going, splitting the two decisions for a 1-1 mark. Brooklyn is playing with the league’s second-fastest pace and, with the Hawks operating quickly as well, the fireworks should be flying in this spot.
For the third consecutive game, the centerpiece match-up will be at the point guard position, as there have been strong returns from D’Angelo Russell in Brooklyn. Former Hawks assistant and current Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson has a high-end track record when dealing with developmental point guards and, in this match-up, two of his pupils will face off when Dennis Schröder opposes Russell.
Elsewhere, the Hawks will continue searching for a rotation in the absence of DeAndre’ Bembry. Atlanta’s sophomore wing has a fracture in his wrist and, in Friday’s game, Mike Budenholzer addressed that by (again) deploying 11 players in the rotation, including an uptick in lineups that include two point guards.
Much of the sporting attention in the country will be on the NFL but there is an interesting basketball game taking place in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 22, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Barclays Center
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 “The Game”