Sneak peek: Hawks see Nets in last 2020 contest
The Brooklyn Nets are 2-2 this season and, considered that the group finished 35-37 and lost all four championship game in 2019-20, it may sound wild to consider the Webs a title competitor. Nevertheless, Brooklyn adds Kevin Durant to the mix in 2020-21 and, with Kyrie Irving healthy and back in action, the Nets have flashed considerable upside in the early going. On Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks go to Barclays Center for the first of two video games against the Webs in three days.
Atlanta will face its most significant challenge to date when the team takes the flooring on Wednesday, in large part due to Brooklyn’s dynamic offense. In other words, the Webs are (much) more talented and explosive than the three teams the Hawks have actually played so far, and PTH’s Glen Willis assembled a defensive preview that is worth viewing before tip-off.
Offensively, the Hawks have actually been rather strong through 3 video games, and they need to be able to score efficiently versus the Nets. That is specifically true if Trae Young can continue his torrid pace, and Atlanta’s emerging depth is a noted strength at this stage.
Injury-wise, the Hawks will be watching on Clint Capela (left Achilles pain) and Danilo Gallinari (left foot contusion) prior to tip-off. Capela was noted as possible, with Gallinari as doubtful. The Internet will be without Spencer Dinwiddie (knee), though Durant and Irving are anticipated to play after resting earlier this week.
For the very first time this season, the Hawks will take the floor as an underdog, at least in wagering circles, and this is something of a measuring stick for Atlanta. As such, it will be fascinating to see how the team responds on the roadway.
Stay tuned throughout the day for all the most recent, with a game thread to show up shortly prior to tip-off.