Hawks prepare for Budenholzer's home debut - New York News

Hawks prepare for Budenholzer's home debut

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By MATT WINKELJOHN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - When the Atlanta Hawks play their home opener Friday against the Raptors, their main adjustment will be get back on defense and covering the open man.

Offense wasn't an issue in the Hawks' 118-109 season-opening loss Wednesday in Dallas.

The Hawks too often left Dallas shooters unguarded in transition and the Mavericks made them pay, hitting 44 of 77 shots (57.1 percent), including 11 of 24 3-pointers.

Atlanta will try to make adjustments in first-year head coach Mike Budenholzer's Philips Arena debut when the Hawks host Toronto on Friday.

Hawks point guard Jeff Teague says, "We were running back to our own man; that's stuff you learn in second grade. They were getting easy baskets. We got to get back in transition and matchup. It doesn't matter who you guard."

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