The Atlanta Hawks' first regular-season game in London provides first-year coach Mike Budenholzer the opportunity for a midseason review of his team.
Budenholzer, the former longtime Spurs top assistant under Gregg Popovich, said Monday the Hawks have proved to be quick learners in the first half of the season.
''I think it's gone well,'' Budenholzer said. ''This is a very, very smart group that understands the game. They've really taken a lot of what we're talked about on the practice court and applied it to the games. ... Overall, I think there's a mostly positive feeling and a feeling we can get a lot better, also.''
The Hawks (20-18) are third in the Eastern Conference despite losing Josh Smith to free agency and Al Horford to a season-ending injury in December. Horford was the team's leading scorer and rebounder when he tore his right pectoral muscle on Dec. 26.
The Hawks' unusual week of travel began with their flight to London on Monday night. Atlanta will play the Brookl...