Postgame thoughts: Injuries doom Hawks in loss
A few thoughts after tonight’s 94-89 loss to the Nets:
– The question of the year has been “Who is out tonight?” After learning Al Horford was out with a hamstring/calf injury, the Hawks lost Lou Williams to a knee sprain in the first half. Morrow and Stevenson, who have been nagged by injuries since late 2012, did not travel, leaving the Hawks with just 10 healthy bodies. There have been very few, if any games this season in which Larry Drew has had a full roster.
– The Nets did tonight what you thought they would have done Wednesday – use their size to their advantage. The Nets won the rebounding battle 48-35 and shot 38 free throws.
– The Hawks allowed 25+ first quarter points for the 10th straight road game. Do opponents have a read on how the starting group defends?
– All 10 guys who were available for Coach Drew tonight scored.
– Jeff Teague now has 49 points in two games against Brooklyn this season. After a rough offensive stretch last week, Teague seems to have found it again.
– Kyle Korver’s 3-point streak now stands at 33 after hitting three long ones tonight.
– Rookie Mike Scott had his second consecutive productive game. After scoring a team-high 10 points in a blowout loss in Chicago Monday, Scott didn’t play Wednesday but came back tonight to score eight points on 3-5 shooting, including the first four of the team’s fourth quarter points after the Hawks went nearly four minutes without scoring. Fellow rookie John Jenkins also had a basket and a steal in the first half.
It’s difficult to beat a team twice in three days, especially when game two is on the road. Given the injuries and the way the Hawks played, there’s not a lot of shame in losing to a good Brooklyn team on the road. The Hawks come home to play San Antonio tomorrow night. If they win, they will have survived the week 2-2 against a brutal schedule (Bulls, Nets, Nets, Spurs).
Thoughts on the game tonight Hawks fans?