I listened to a bit of the game on Hawks.com this morning. Lots of North Carolinian schoolchildren, excited by non-basketball related events during the first quarter, tended to overshadow the combination of a caffeinated Steve Holman and a still-sleepy Dennis Scott.
Josh Childress (19 points on 7-12 shooting, 4 offensive rebounds) and Acie Law IV (10 points, 5 assists) returned to action. Joe Johnson was rested.
Unlike their previous pre-season meeting, Atlanta kept the Bobcats off the offensive glass, grabbing 87.5% of possible defensive rebounds. No one, however, came anywhere close to handling the great Gerald Wallace who scored 34 points (11-18 FGA, 1-1 3PTA, 11-14 FTA), grabbed 10 rebounds, adding 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Micah Hart reports on Zaza Pachulia leaving the game and not returning:
"Zaza Pachulia suffered a left knee sprain late in the third quarter, and did not return to the contest ... He will be re-evaluated tomorrow."The Hawks finish up their pre-season slate with games Monday (Washington) and Wednesday (@New Orleans). We are 15 days away from tipping things off properly.