Postgame thoughts: Bulls’ D stuffs Hawks

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

A few thoughts after tonight’s 97-58 loss to the Bulls:

- Where do we go from here?  Up, hopefully.  A tough two weeks for the Hawks hopefully has hit rock bottom, which means the tide will begin to turn

- First quarters continue to be a nightmare for the Hawks away from the Highlight Factory.  Chicago used a 14-2 first quarter run to outscore Atlanta 26-15.  It’s the ninth straight road game the Hawks have allowed 25 or more points in the opening quarter.

- The Bulls pulled away early after the Hawks missed 16 straight shots and went nearly 10 minutes without scoring.  The drought was most unusual for the Hawks, who always seem to find offense from someone in a balanced scoring lineup.  Everybody went cold at the same time tonight.

- A positive for the Hawks was Mike Scott, who actually led the Hawks with 10 points.  Way to go rookie!

- The Bulls have been a puzzling team at home this season.  They were 10-10 coming into the game, with losses to the Bobcats, Hornets, Suns and twice to the Bucks.  As is the case with most teams lately, it appears we caught them on a night where they were playing well.

- Kyle Korver wasted no time extending his three-point streak to 31 games, knocking one down in the opening minutes in his first game back in Chicago.  He finished with nine points on 3-5 shooting.

- The good thing about games like this is it gives extended minutes to guys who might not have otherwise played.  Good to see John Jenkins, Scott and Anthony Tolliver get some good minutes tonight.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Hawks with two games against the Nets, who have won six straight, then San Antonio.  The game after ones like this is where you really find out what kind of team you have.  Wednesday night will tell us a lot about what kind of team the 2013 Hawks are.

Thoughts on tonight Hawks fans?

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