Mike Scott Needs More Minutes With Atlanta Hawks

By Andrew Shaw
David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The play of Mike Scott–since Al Horford went down–has been remarkable, but after last night’s game against the Houston Rockets, I think the Atlanta Hawks need to give him more minutes going forward.

Scott saved the Hawks in last night’s game and without his performance off the bench, there is no way they win the game against the Rockets. Early in the game, Houston took an 11-0 lead and looked like a team destined for a blowout win on its opponents home floor, however, Scott had different plans.

When coach Mike Budenholzer inserted Scott into the game, the Atlanta offense that appeared stagnant and lost up until this point all of a sudden became a high-flying and potent offense that could run with the best of them. Scott changed the pace of the game with his ability to attack the rim. He became a dunking machine and showed flashes of a former Hawk by the name of Josh Smith.

The first quarter was a nightmare for the Hawks until coach Bud decided to put Scott into the game. A nightmare might be an understatement. Atlanta’s starting unit was so bad that one starter did not manage to score a single point in the quarter.

In order to make up for the lack of offense coach Bud turned to Scott and the other bench players to get the job done. Scott answered the call and scored eight of the Hawks’ 10 points in the first quarter. Those big eight points were definitely lifesavers for the Hawks, but Scott provided more than just the points; he provided the intensity and effort that helped spark a whole team’s momentum going forward.

His performance was the difference in the game last night because without those crucial buckets early in the game, Atlanta gets in too deep a hole to climb out.

At the end of the game, Scott finished with 14 points on seven for 10 from the field in another great showing off the bench. Over the last five games, he has recorded double-digit points in four out of five games and just barely missed five in a row with a nine point performance against the Brooklyn Nets the other night.

In my opinion, those numbers make him more than worthy of earning more playing time going forward with the Hawks. None of the bench players have been as consistent offensively as Scott has, which makes him the perfect suitor to take on an increased role.

Andrew Shaw is an Atlanta Hawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow Him on Twitter @AShaw003, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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