Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Can’t Get Untracked Against Sixers
A few thoughts coming up on the Hawks’ 101-90 loss to the Sixers Friday night at Philips Arena:
— Every season there will be games like this. The shots aren’t falling, the opponents are scoring at will, and every loose ball seems to wind up in someone else’s hands. It happens to every team, and it happened to the Hawks tonight.
— Philly set the tone early, shooting an absurd 16-22 from the field in the first quarter (73%) on their way to building a 40-26 lead. And while the game evened out from there, the Hawks were never able to recover from that initial punch. The closest the team got was 9 midway through the 3rd quarter, but every time Atlanta seemed poised to rally, the Sixers would hit another bucket.
— Ivan Johnson deserves plaudits for his efforts off the bench, as the big man scored 17 (including one layup where he lost his shoe on his way to the cup) and grabbed 8 rebounds. With Zaza sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Hawks will need contributions like that from him if they want to make some postseason noise.
Not a night to remember, but with the Celtics losing and the Bulls in trouble as of this writing, there may be nothing lost aside from the game.
On to San Antonio.