ATLANTA – On Thursday evening, Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, lost two of their regular-season opening games to Hornets Venom GT, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, by scores of 71-85 and 65-71.
“We just couldn’t find any positive momentum in either of our games tonight,” said Hawks Talon Head Coach Wesley Acuff. “While we showed a few flashes of what we could be as a team, I am eager to work with our team on our consistency. We look forward to getting back into our Gaming House tomorrow and preparing for our matchup on Saturday against Grizz Gaming.”
In the first game, Hawks Talon’s 2021 first-round draft pick Caesar A. Martinez (CEEZ) led both teams with 35 points and 10 assists, which marked his first double-double performance of his career. Second-year players Lee Lamb (LEE) finished with 16 points and a team-high six rebounds, while KEL finished with 12 points and three assists. Rounding out the group were rookies Thomas Batts (FAKIEE) with eight points and a team-high two steals and Michael Swanegan (SWANN), who added one block and one assist.
In the second game, Hawks Talon’s KEL led all scorers with a season-high 29 points, three assists and the team’s lone block. LEE, who holds the franchise record for single-game double-double performances recorded his first double-double performance after totaling 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. He also added four assists. CEEZ contributed with 13 points and a team-high eight assists. FAKIEE added 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while SWANN contributed with one rebound and one steal.
Hawks Talon Gaming will continue their Week 1 Play on Saturday, May 29 at 9 p.m. against Grizz Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. These two games will be simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. Games will also be available on ESRevolution, Loco in India, Sport1 in Europe and Dash Radio.
New this season, Hawks Talon is using a specially designed Gaming House for team practices and remote competition. This Gaming House, which bodes floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook downtown Atlanta, is located on the fifth floor of the award-winning State Farm Arena and totals more than 4,000 square feet.