Postgame Thoughts: Hawks’ Offense Stalls In Loss To Nets
A few thoughts after tonight’s 93-80 loss to the Nets:
– The Hawks looked tired on the second night of a back-to-back after overtime yesterday. They shot only 42 percent, but that numbers was hovering in the 30’s for much of the night.
– Kyle Korver needed more than 46 minutes last night to extend his three-point streak to 54 straight games. Tonight he hit one early in the first quarter to make it 55 straight games with a triple.
– The Hawks were ready at the start, jumping out to an 11-1 lead early thanks to six points from Johan Petro. Petro finished with 10 points on 5-6 shooting and also had six rebounds in his second straight start.
– John Jenkins had a nice second half, scoring eight points which included two three-pointers. Hopefully tonight will boost his confidence going forward.
– Al Horford recorded another double-double, his 34th of the year, finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
– The Hawks committed 17 turnovers tonight, leading to 20 Nets points while getting just eight points off nine Brooklyn giveaways. For Atlanta to be efficient, they have to protect the ball, and they didn’t do a good job of that tonight.
Other than the turnovers, nothing on the stat sheet jumps out as a reason why this was a 13-point game. The Hawks won the rebounding battle, the assists were even and Brooklyn only shot one percent better from the field. The Nets just appeared to have more energy, and they kept Atlanta out of transition, which was something they couldn’t do in the first meeting. The Hawks have to regroup. A tough back-to-back starts Tuesday in Miami and ends Wednesday with the Lakers. Hopefully they can get back on track.
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