Word broke shortly before Friday’s Las Vegas Summer League finale that the Atlanta Hawks would be without Taurean Prince, DeAndre’ Bembry and Tyler Dorsey against the Houston Rockets. While that undeniably took some of the steam away from the match-up, there was still some intrigue in what became a 92-86 victory.
The first half was occupied by John Collins, even if some of the best highlights were actually missed dunks.
Isaia ➡️ pic.twitter.com/nPf9JUBJkf— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 14, 2017
Later, Bryce Cotton had a nice string of plays, including a four-point connection.
Bryce Cotton 4-point play specialist! pic.twitter.com/0aFVfsoT8T— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 14, 2017
2015 @nbagleague All-Star, Bryce Cotton, goes coast to coast for the @ATLHawks on ESPNU! #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/qoBwoiRmjo— NBA (@NBA) July 14, 2017
Post halftime, Collins got things going in a big way with two monster dunks in the opening minutes.
John starts the second half with...what else...a dunk: pic.twitter.com/rZJ6yYTgfz— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 14, 2017
Zhou Qi doesn't want to try on John Collins. Can't blame him. pic.twitter.com/My1LLMG9AE— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) July 14, 2017
Finally, Trent Lockett submitted a non-Collins play of the game nominee.
Trent Lockett doing his John Collins impersonation pic.twitter.com/rK5VWM4tDe— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 14, 2017
Aside from that, there wasn’t much to speak of in terms of big-picture takeaways. Collins appeared for only 15 minutes of playing time, scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds and he was (easily) the most important point of focus.
Elsewhere, Bryce Cotton (12 points, 4 of 7 shooting) and Trent Lockett (17 points, 5 rebounds) led the way from a statistical perspective, while Isaia Cordinier (7 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) put together a strong performance. 2017 second-round pick Alpha Kaba (9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks) also performed well in supporting minutes, providing optimism for the future.
Atlanta’s trip to Las Vegas is now over and the long, painful wait for the start of the regular season begins... now. Stay tuned.