Hawks focused on rebounding issues

There were several glaring issues in the Hawks’ season-opening loss to the Raptors Wednesday.

The Hawks allowed 16 offensive rebounds which led to 26 second-chance points. They also committed 19 turnovers and were just 9 of 17 from the free-throw line.

It was the rebounding in the 109-102 loss that bothered coach Mike Budenholzer the most.

“We talked a fair amount and watched some film on how we need to improve as a rebounding team,” Budenholzer said. “I think for us it was a mantra last year and going forward if we are going to be good we are going to have to be good rebounding and our guards are going to have to contribute. Our guards are going to have to participate. I don’t think we did that to the level that we expect and we want.

“A lot of rebounding is being really committed and working and just going and getting it. There are opportunities for some technique and some strategy but I think rebounding is more just wanting it.”

Center Al Horford said the issue has been addressed and the team is looking to move forward.

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