To Sum It Up….
Hawks treated this like a preseason game and the Wizards treated it like a playoff game. Surprisingly, this wasn’t surprising. The Hawks did the same thing the game before last night, against the Pacers.
From the get go in the first quarter, there were signs of this game being a blowout. Offensively, the Hawks started the game committing six turnovers in the first six minutes and missing some pretty easy shot attempts. Defensively, the Hawks didn’t show any effort and the Wizards made highlight play after highlight play.
Sadly, that trend never changed. The Hawks struggled in offense throughout the night and their defense never slowed down the Wizards. The Hawks finished with 20 turnovers and shot 43% from the field and let the Wizards make 53% of their shots. Don’t get me wrong now, this blowout wasn’t all because of the lack of effort from the Hawks. The Wizards actually played a good game. They played the best defense I’ve seen them play all season long and they never took their foot off the gas pedal in the offensive end. However, the Hawks lack of effort was the difference with this being a challenge for both teams to a blowout win for the Wizards.
The Hawks never gave themselves a chance. I know this is a meaningless game that won’t change who the Hawks face in the playoffs, but like I said in the Pacers recap, the Hawks need to take advantage of these last few games to gain momentum for the playoffs and (attempt) to make adjustments of their mistakes. The Hawks never did that, they didn’t play with any passion. Even Al Horford who scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds didn’t seem that into it at some points in the game.
Final Score: Hawks: 83 | Wizards: 115
My other Noteable Notes:
- The Hawks are now unable to tie the franchise record in most road wins in a season(22). The Hawks can still strive for a .500+ record though. Their current road record is (20-20) with one road game remaining (@ Charlotte).
- Former Atlanta Hawk, Mo Evans, was a perfect 5 for 5 in field goals. He scored a total of 10 points in 26 minutes of playing time.
- Former Atlanta Hawk, Jordan Crawford, didn’t have the offensive outburst, only scoring six points in 3 for 9 shooting. However, he did pass and distributed the ball well, recording 8 assists.
- Kirk Hinrich didn’t have a good showing, scoring only 3 points in his 27 minutes.
- Hilton Armstrong didn’t have a good showing against his former team either, only scoring 2 points in 14 minutes. Also, if you thought Etan Thomas was bad offensively inside, then don’t watch Hilton as you’ll be shaking your head the whole time.
- The Hawks gave up 48 points in the paint yesterday. Sadly, this is below their average in the past 4 games. The Hawks have given up an average of 51 points in the paint in this 4 game losing streak.
- Pape Sy scored his first NBA basket yesterday, converting a layup! He finished the game with an impressive 7 points. He was probably the only Hawks player that didn’t raise my blood pressure last night.
Next up: The Hawks are taking their “talents” to Atlanta to face the South Beach team, the Miami Heat. This will be the regular season home finale for the Hawks. Hopefully the Hawks can give the fans a show. Also, JOSH SMITH will be back….I hope the interior defense does too!
Final Thought: The Hawks have two games left to “gain momentum” for the playoffs. Can we please see a 2 game winning streak to end the regular season?