Recap: Bria Janelle
Photo/Video: Ced L Young
The Atlanta Hawks took the court for the first time to open up their 2017-2018 season at home against their old buddy Paul Millsap and the Denver Nuggets.
It was something like a homecoming of sort for Millsap who spent several years in Atlanta and was even apart of their 60 win season.
Friday night in the city of Atlanta was an action packed night in the newly renovated Phillips Arena and fans packed the stands to get a good look at the young Hawks squad as well as preview a halftime and post game concert from Run The Jewels.
During one of the breaks the Atlanta Hawks played a well thought out and put together highlight tribute video thanking Millsap for all of the work he put in over the years with the organization.
Then it was back to business!
The Atlanta Hawks came into the game with a complete roster minus second year player DeAndre Bembrey who is recovering from a wrist fracture.
Dennis Schroder was back in the lineup after being diagnosed with an ankle injury, chipping in 20 points on the evening while seeing 33 minutes of action.
Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer throughout much of the game went with a two-point guard system throwing Malcolm Delaney and new comer Isaiah Taylor in the mix.
It was a pretty good night for Delaney to say the least. He contributed heavily on the defensive end and even dished out four dimes as he also had a pretty decent shooting night.
First year starter Taurean Prince had a good showing as well for the Hawks and he also had several bright spots during his play Friday evening, giving the Hawks hopeful something to look forward to in the future.
Despite their fifth loss in their first six games, the rebuilding process for the Hawks has shown some bright spots for the future with the young line up the front office is putting together.
With the duo of Rookie John Collins and second year player Taurean Prince flashing different skill sets each game, their are high hopes to see what the future brings.