ATLANTA With so much roster turnover in the offseason the Atlanta Hawks remained something of a mystery right up until game time of their season opener on Friday.
That's when head coach Larry Drew finally unveiled his starting lineup, which featured Devin Harris at the shooting guard and Kyle Korver at the small forward to go with returning starters Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Al Horford. Relatively early in the opening quarter, Drew substituted DeShawn Stevenson for Korver with the intention of having Stevenson defend Houston's James Harden, who debuted with 37 points with the Rockets on Wednesday following a blockbuster trade a few days earlier.
Yet after Harden lit up the Hawks for a career-high 45 in a 109-102 Rockets' victory at Philips Arena, Atlanta remains very much a work in progress in terms of how all of the pieces will fit together a sentiment that both Drew and players evoked on Friday.
Among the biggest struggles for the Hawks was rebounding, as the Rockets (2-0) ...