3. The Hawks entered Friday’s game shooting 29% from 3-point range, which ranks 29th in the league. In the first half, Kevin Huerter was the only Hawk to make a 3-pointer, going 2-for-4, and as a team, the Hawks shot 2-for-14 from 3-point range, or 14.3%, through two quarters. That evened out a little bit in the second half, going 9-for-28 total (32.1%), but that’s still not the production they want. A lot of the Hawks’ 3-point attempts were taken off the dribble, which adds difficulty and could be contributing to struggles behind the arc. “We want assisted 3’s, and we need guys that can get in the paint,” Pierce said. “That’s why we keep talking about ‘downhill.’ So we’re getting 3’s. We’re not getting the ones we want just yet. And that’ll change.”
4. Huerter had his best game of the season, adding 17 points (6-for-10 from the field, 4-for-7 from 3), four assists and three rebounds, with zero turnovers. More than anything that would show up in the box score, he just looked more explosive and comfortable after struggling with right knee issues that kept him out the whole preseason.
5. It doesn’t get any easier for the Hawks, who fall to 3-5, as they leave for a road trip out west, facing Portland, Denver and Phoenix, then both the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles. They’ll look to start out faster in these upcoming games, Young said: “We’ve got to be focused. Focused because we’re playing five really good teams that are playing at a high level right now. We’ve got to be really locked in, really focused and if we do that, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
By the numbers
18 (the amount of 3-pointers the Kings made, compared to the Hawks’ nine)
“It takes so much just to get back in the game, you can’t put yourself in a hole. And tonight, we put ourselves a hole in the first half.” (Coach Lloyd Pierce on the Hawks falling behind by 21 points in the first half)