The Kings are known to be in danger in Atlanta, and in front of their home crowd, the Hawks ended Mike Brown’s seven-game winning streak.
Back-to-back, the Kings had heavy feet, and like De’Aaron Fox, they couldn’t keep up with the Hawks who decided to bet everything on the fast game. It was in the second quarter, especially in the wake of assets Jalen Johnson and AJ Griffin, that Atlanta made the break. At the break, Sacramento’s defense had scored 72 points, and the Hawks were leading by 15 points.
Returning from the locker room, Trae Young took care of stopping the Kings’ comeback attempts with 10 points in the quarter alone, including a rare 5-point action.
Alongside him, Clint Capela is responsible for launching the fast game, and we’ve even seen him finish on the other side of the field. In the 4th quarter, it was always the same scenario with the Kings trying to close the gap. At every turn, Trae Young and his long range 3-pointers punished them. The first, four minutes from the end, gives a 13 point advantage. The second in the last minute ensured the victory (115-106).
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– A 5-point action. At the beginning of the 3rd quarter, Trae Young increased the gap from +12 to +17 in one action! At the start, there was a 3-pointer on the right side, and the referee whistled a touchdown from Fox. It’s serious, but it already gives And-1. But Fox groaned, and took a method. That Young manages the change for an And-2.
– The return of Kevin Huerter. Traded this summer to Sacramento, for Justin Holiday, Maurice Harkless and a future first round Draft, Kevin Huerter is back for the first time in Atlanta. The shooter was not the most worthy of his 13 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
– Game attack. The most prolific offense in the NBA with nearly 121 points per game, Sacramento scored just 106 points tonight. It was his lowest total of the season. On the other hand, the Hawks continued their streak of games of 100 points and more: 39 games in a row, and it is the longest current streak in the NBA.
✅ Trae Young. In this type of meeting we will see how important Dejounte Murray is to Trae Young. The Hawks shooter can focus on marking and “spacing”, and there remains a permanent danger even at 8-9 meters. In the 4th quarter, he punished the Kings from too far, or he served Murray in the corner, and Sacramento didn’t see the parade.
✅ Clint Capela. The Swiss is the stabilizer for the Hawks. Do not move too much, and he is always alert to fill a breach or protect the circle. Sabonis doesn’t weigh as much as he used to on offense, and that’s a sign.
✅ Malik Monk So far the best of the Kings tonight with insane efficiency: 12 of 18 on shots in 26 minutes. He just brings the spark, and like a Lou Williams or a Jordan Clarkson, he can be unstoppable. The real concern is that he is one-dimensional and defense is not his forte. But clearly, he doesn’t have heavy feet.
⛔ Keegan Murray. The Kings rookie was not at his best in November with a point average of half compared to October. Tonight, he didn’t score a single basket, and it was his first this season.
Atlanta (11-7) : traveling to Houston on Friday.
Sacramento (10-7) : new big piece with a trip to Boston on Friday.