4. After that bad loss in Detroit Friday, the Hawks held a team meeting. Pierce’s main message was about how the Hawks have to compete more in games -- and Saturday’s game had a completely different feel from start to finish. Given the loss (they’ve lost six in a row), it wasn’t a perfect response from the team, but the level of competition ticked up. “There was a lull where we couldn’t score in the fourth quarter, but it definitely wasn’t lack of effort and that was the message last night,” Pierce said. “How do we compete on a consistent and nightly basis. How do we compete every single possession. If we do that, everything else will kind of take care of itself, and that’s what we didn’t do last night, that’s what we struggled to do in the last five games. We did that in its entirety tonight.”
5. The Hawks got a combined seven rebounds from their three centers, with Damian Jones adding one, Alex Len adding two and Bruno Fernando adding four. Young led the team with his 10. The Raptors grabbed 42 rebounds (12 offensive) compared to the Hawks’ 38 rebounds (eight offensive). Not having John Collins hurts the Hawks’ cause on the boards, but they now rank 27th in the league in defensive rebounding (32.2 per game) and 19th in offensive rebounding (10.1 per game).
By the numbers
6 (the amount of 3’s De’Andre Hunter made on 10 attempts)
“We all had to look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves ‘Have we been competing?’ And we can’t say we have. And tonight, it wasn’t about making shots, it wasn’t about making plays on the offensive end, it was just about competing. And taking pride in guarding your man, making the right play.” (Trae Young on the Hawks making progress)