Grades From 104-90 Loss To Timberwolves

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Dec 26, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott (32) and guard Kyle Korver (26) box out Minnesota Timberwolves forward Gorgui Dieng (5) in the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks got smacked by the Minnesota Timberwolves, losing 104-90. Were there any individual performances that stood out?

That wasn’t fun. There was not much enjoyable about last night’s game of basketball. The Atlanta Hawks went into Minnesota, hoping to get a little revenge against a Timberwolves team that beat them in Atlanta last week. They would not get that revenge.

The Timberwolves dominated the game, winning 104-90. It could have been much worse. At one point in the fourth quarter Minnesota’s lead had grown to 29 points. They controlled the game on both ends of the court.

They were spectacular from three-point range. It was really something to behold.

Minnesota shot 15-for-31 from behind the arc, making a whopping 48.4 percent of their three-point attempts. Zach LaVine barely missed. The high-flyer shot 6-for-9 from deep, finishing his night with 21 points. For good measure, Karl-Anthony Towns went 3-for-3 from three-point distance. He scored 22 points in the game, to lead Minnesota. Not wanting to be left out of the three-point-swishing fun, Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, shooting 4-for-6 from long-range.

It’s difficult to win a game when your opponents’ three best players shoot a combined 13-for-18 on three-pointers, and combine for 64 points. If this is a glimpse into the future for the Timberwolves, then this team is going to be really fun, once they get some other talented players around Towns, LaVine, and Wiggins.

Dwight Howard‘s return helped the Hawks control the rebounding battle, they finished with 46 rebounds compared to Minnesota’s 40, but it didn’t matter. They just couldn’t make shots. Their 23rd ranked offense looked like the 23rd ranked offense.

They shot 42.2 percent from the field, and 25 percent from three-point range on 32 attempts. Sometimes basketball is a simple game. Winning and losing comes down to who made more shots. Minnesota made more shots.

Atlanta’s search for consistency remains, but it’s not time to panic. I still believe this is a playoff team. They’re currently 15-16 on the season, which puts them as the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. There’s still time to get things sorted out.

They return home to Phillips Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to take on the New York Knicks. The Knicks find themselves in a similar situation, lost on a search for consistency.

It’s a game Atlanta should win, but we know how that has gone lately.

Let’s take a look at some of the standout individual performances for the Hawks.

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