Cleveland Cavaliers Defeat Atlanta Hawks in Preseason Matchup

Cleveland Cavaliers Defeat Atlanta Hawks in Preseason Matchup

Summary

Travel caught up with the Atlanta Hawks during their third preseason game. The Hawks were able to overcome the Cleveland Cavaliers after securing two wins in Abu Dhabi.

After getting into the zone in their last game, Trae young struggled to find his groove tonight. The All-NBA point guard shot 3-17 for 14 points and six assists. Dejounte, Murray’s backcourt mate, didn’t fare as well. Murray went 7-19 for 17 points.

While inefficient, the Cavaliers’ backcourt, led by Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, combined for 47 points. There were many shooting problems tonight.

This is except for Hawks’ forward John Collins, and rookie AJ Griffin. Both of them hit 3-5 from deep, which helped Hawks mount a comeback and then let the game slip away in quarter four.

Hawks fan got to see Jalen John, Trent Forrest and Vit Krejci for the first preseason game. Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. It was a welcome sight for those concerned about the backup spot ..

Tonight’s 105-99 loss was not the outcome fans wanted. It was not surprising considering the jetlag that the team experienced after their trip around the globe earlier this week. Clint Capela is the only concern tonight. The starting center grabbed 15 rebounds in 23 minutes but exited the game early with a strained right thumb.

Capela’s health will be something to watch for when the Hawks wrap up their preseason against the New Orleans Pelicans in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday night.

Capela’s health will be something to watch as the Hawks wrap up their preseason against the New Orleans Pelicans in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday night. Keep checking AllHawks.com for all the latest Hawks news.

Stats

Hawks Leaders

Dejounte Murray – 17 PTS, 4 REB

John Collins – 15 PTS, 7 REB

De’Andre Hunter – 12 PTS, 5 REB

Cavaliers Leaders

Donovan Mitchell – 24 PTS, 8 REB

Darius Garland – 23 PTS, 12 AST

Isaac Okoro – 16 PTS, 3 STL

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