Atlanta Hawks Headlines: Hawks-Wizards Game 2

Atlanta Hawks Headlines returns in the aftermath of Atlanta’s Game 2 meeting with the Washington Wizards. Were the Hawks able to even the series at 1-1?

Game 2 of the first round playoff series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards is in the books. The Hawks entered into the fourth quarter with a lead, but John Wall and Bradley Beal were too much for them to handle down the stretch.

The Hawks have dug themselves an 0-2 hole as the series shifts back to Atlanta. It doesn’t look good for the Hawks. It’s difficult to win a playoff series after losing the first two games. It’s even more difficult when your opponent is a higher seed and is more talented than you.

Atlanta Hawks Headlines returns to take a look at all the reaction from Game 2 of Hawks-Wizards. Let’s get to today’s links.

From Soaring Down South 4/19/2017

Atlanta Hawks Drop Game 2 To Wizards, Down 0-2 In Series

Soaring Down South’s recap of Game 2 focuses on missed chances for Atlanta. The Hawks had the lead heading into a fourth quarter and were poised to stretch that lead. A short stretch where Brandon Jennings took advantage of a mismatch against Jose Calderon helped Washington tie the game. John Wall and Bradley Beal took over in crunch-time and the rest is history.

Atlanta Hawks: Howard Needs to Dominate Gortat

Tyler Sellers says that Dwight Howard needs to dominate Marcin Gortat for the Hawks to have a chance in this series. That hasn’t happened. Howard only played 20 minutes in Game 2 and he sat out the entire fourth quarter. Mike Budenholzer is reluctant to play Howard major minutes because of the way he negatively impacts Atlanta’s spacing on offense.

From Around the Web 4/19/2017

Hawks leave opportunities on the table in 109-101 Game 2 loss to Wizards

At Peachtree Hoops, Brad Rowland recaps Atlanta’s Game 2 loss to the Wizards. Rowland notes that Washington’s 8-0 run to take an 86-84 lead early in the fourth quarter was enormous. Atlanta’s offense sputtered down the stretch and they were never able to regain control of the game.

Locked on Hawks podcast: Game 2 recap and more

Rowland also recaps the loss on episode 185 of Locked on Hawks. Rowland points out the absence of Dwight Howard, discusses Tim Hardaway Jr.’s porous defense, praises Paul Millsap‘s outstanding performance, and gets into several other Hawks related topics.

How a late-game meltdown cost the Hawks a chance to steal a victory

At the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chris Vivlamore recaps Atlanta’s loss to the Wizards. As Vivlamore mentions, this was a winnable game for Atlanta. Dennis Schroder agrees. Schroder mentions that the Hawks have to get better in crunch-time. He’s right. If Atlanta’s offense continues to disappear late in games this series will be over quickly.

That’s it for today. Atlanta Hawks Headlines will return tomorrow.