Atlanta Hawks: Studs and Duds

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Atlanta Hawks: Studs and Duds
Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks started the season out on the right foot, splitting their first pair of games and showing everyone that they aren't going to be a pushover this season.

Of course, Atlanta got its 1-1 record in true Hawk fashion, making the easier things seem hard and the harder challenges seem like they weren’t that tough to begin with.

Let’s recap: Friday night, season opener at home against the Houston Rockets, hardly a title contender.

What do they do? They get torched by James Harden’s 45 points and they lose 109-102.

In their defense, Harden seems to have a personal vendetta against the entire league and is playing out of his mind, averaging 35.3 points in his first three games as a Rocket.

Two days later, the Hawks seemed well on the way to 0-2 as they headed to Oklahoma City to play against the Thunder without Josh Smith.

Of course, in true George Costanza fashion, they did the opposite of what was expected of them.

They actually played a fundamentally sound game throughout to beat the Thunder 104-95.

Explaining the way this Hawks team works is mind-boggling, but let’s take a look at who were the studs and duds of the weekend for Atlanta.

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