Dennis Schröder is a baaaaad man.
The Atlanta Hawks’ 21-year-old point guard can come off the bench and command the team like a 15-year veteran, but it was a shot he took during their 120-89 drubbing of the Washington Wizards that had Philips Arena buzzing on Sunday afternoon.
Late in the game with little doubt that the Hawks would win, Schröder squared up for a three-pointer and popped the shot.
Then he just walked away. He didn’t wait to see if it went in; as soon as the ball reached the halfway point of its flight, he turned around and decided he’d seen enough.
Like just about every shot the Hawks seem to be taking these days, it went in. The Hawks had eight players in double-figures in the victory, and they never trailed the East’s third-best team.
They’ve now won 22 of their last 24 games and are starting to run away with the top spot in the Eastern Conference. What remains to be seen is if the team can stay healthy. If they don’t sustain any big injuries, they may never lose again.
It should also be noted that Sunday’s game was the fourth sellout in the last five Hawks home games. The city is noticing, and it’s going to be a fun year.