The time had come on Wednesday night and fans of the Atlanta Hawks were eager to see their new-look team start the season.
Atlanta had one of the biggest offseasons when they acquired Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs.
The idea was that Murray, matched with Trae Young, would greatly improve the team’s backcourt and help them become one of the most fearsome duos in the league.
The Hawks' new backcourt was on full display tonight🔥
Trae Young: 23 PTS, 13 AST, 3 REB
Dejounte Murray: 20 PTS, 10 AST, 5 STL pic.twitter.com/r6KHdq8lv0
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 20, 2022
One game isn’t enough to make a definitive judgment but Murray and Young’s first regular season match together was an impressive one.
Young put up 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 13 assists.
Meanwhile, Murray was good for 20 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals.
So far, the Hawks are looking as good as they promised.
Will it last?
The Hulking Hawks
The Hawks got off to a slow start on Wednesday, as the Houston Rockets went on a 14-4 run early on, with Jalen Green leading that troubled team.
But then Atlanta got cooking and went on a strong 22-4 run.
It is important to remember that the Hawks were playing against the Rockets, a team that will be struggling all year long and is in a serious rebuilding phase.
Still, Atlanta was doing exactly what they needed.
You can expect to see a lot of Murray and Young in the months ahead.
Along with De’Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela, and others, the Hawks are aiming to become even stronger than they were a couple of seasons ago when they pushed into the postseason with force.
They’re off to a promising start but the season is long.