Postgame thoughts: Wall sparks Wizards past Hawks in return
A few quick thoughts after tonight’s 93-83 loss to the Wizards:
– The Hawks continue to have defensive issues in the first quarter, particularly on the road. For the ninth straight game away from the Highlight Factory, Atlanta allowed 25 or more points in the opening quarter. The team continues to play good D in the second half; now they need to extend that effort a full 48.
– Great to see John Wall back on the court tonight for Washington. Hoping for a long and healthy career from him going forward (though his great play tonight was most unpleasant).
– The smaller Hawks are going to have their share of games where they get beat on the glass, but you still have to keep teams out of the paint. Washington scored 27 points in the first quarter despite making only two shots from outside the paint. They out-rebounded the Hawks 57-45.
– We’ve talked about free throw shooting, and the story didn’t change tonight. The Hawks went 16-25 (64%) from the line and gave Washington two points on technical fouls. The Hawks are 28th in the league in free throw shooting percentage.
– Kyle Korver is in a brief funk, making only two three pointers in the past two games. He did, however, extend his consecutive games with a three streak to 30, and passed Dennis Scott for 41st on the NBA’s career 3-pointers made list.
– A monster game for Al Horford, who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds on an efficient 8-16 shooting.
Four of the five teams the Hawks have lost to during this 1-5 stretch wouldn’t make the playoffs if they started today. The next four games are against teams a combined 29 games over .500. Let’s hope the Hawks fix their mistakes and get aggressive, particularly in the first quarter, before Monday.
Thoughts on the game Hawks fans?