It was a rough game to watch, unless you’re a Blazers fan, as the Hawks fell to the tough Western Conference foe at Portland 102-78 Wednesday night.
The Hawks shot an abysmal 33% from the floor and just had no solution as to how to get things going offensively. Only three Hawks’ players hit double digits and to top off the list of undesirable outcomes from the game, Kyle Korver failed to hit a shot from beyond the arc, ending his consecutive games with a made three pointer streak at 127 games.
Nicolas Batum headlined the Blazers win with an impressive double double of 14 points and 18 rebounds. Mo Williams also provided a big contribution with 15 points, going a perfect 3-3 from three point territory while also adding 5 assists and 4 rebounds off the bench.
Portland hovered around 44% in field goal and three point percentage and made over 90% of their free throws. The Blazers won the battle on the boards as well, out-rebounding the Hawks 53-37.
The Hawks struggled out of the gate, as they never managed to get the lead in the first quarter. Atlanta kept it to within 5 down the stretch of the first period, however the team would go without a field goal for the last 3 minutes of the quarter and the Blazers jumped out to a 10 point lead.
Atlanta attempted to narrow the gap as the game resumed in the second quarter, but the Hawks continued to struggle getting the ball through the hoop. The Hawks failed to make a three point attempt in the game until the 2 minute mark in the second as DeMarre Carroll broke the spell and continued to have trouble from beyond the arc the rest of the night. The Blazers continued to build on their lead, going into the Half up 56-38.
The second half proved to be just as tough for the Hawks. The Blazers jumped out to a 22 point lead by the 8 minute mark of the third quarter and the Hawks never made up much ground. The shooting struggles continued for the entire team and the Hawks only managed to score 17 points before reaching the fourth quarter. Coach Budenholzer and the Hawks saw the gap as too tough to surpass and gave way for the younger players to see more time on the court. Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague never played a possession in the fourth as the Blazers strolled to victory.
Cartier Martin finished the night with a team high 16 points to go along with 3 steals and 6 rebounds. Kyle Korver struggled the entire game, finishing with 5 points on 1-9 shooting and 0-5 from three, marking the end to his 127 game streak with a three pointer. The Hawks only turned the ball over 8 times in the loss, but the scoring struggles would cast over the great ball movement that was present the entire night.
The Hawks have now dropped two games on their west coast road trip, following the loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. The team gets a day off before visiting the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz in three of four nights before returning to Atlanta to host the Milwaukee Bucks next Thursday.