The Atlanta Hawks (18-24) had all types of issues with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and from the very beginning of the game, falling into an 10-0 hole before getting their first basket. But, in a make-or-miss league, one thing players can control is their effort.
Hawks head coach Quin Snyder took issue with Bogdan Bogdanovic’s effort on one particular defensive possession, and cameras appeared to catch him letting the veteran know.
“Bogi, what the f***,” Snyder appeared to say to Bogdanovic as the latter trotted up the court.
Bogdanovic had 14 points, four assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 28-plus minutes of action. He shot just 45.5% for the game, but he was 1-for-6 from beyond the arc.
He is shooting 36.9% from deep over the season. But he had connected on just 28.6% of his deep looks over the last 13 games coming into the contest.
The Hawks entered riding a three-game winning streak.
Bogdanovic averaged 11.3 points and shot 35.3% from deep over that span. But the Hawks allowed 93 points through three quarters on the second night of a back-to-back. That’s not all on Bogdanovic.
The Hawks also entered the night having played six games in 10 nights.
The Cavaliers entered on three days’ rest, and they looked very much like the fresher team, building up their lead as high as 27 points in the game.
Hawks in gauntlet stretch of schedule
Things won’t get any easier for the Hawks as they prepare to face 11 playoff or Play-In Tournament-hopeful teams in their next 12 matchups. They are 9-19 versus opponents with a record above .500, following the final result of their matchup against the Cavs.
And they won’t solve anything if they can’t corral opposing scorers, with a 17-24 record when opposing teams score at least 100 points.
The Hawks are also mired in trade rumors around several players.
Dejounte Murray is the most notable and frequent among them. He was putting together another strong performance, with 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and one steal in his nearly 35 minutes.
With less than three weeks until the trade deadline, the Hawks will have a difficult time shaking the trade rumors if they keep playing as they did versus Cleveland.
Of course, just how much of that was due to fatigue is unknown.
They also saw Trae Young exit the contest after a collision under the basket trying to draw a charge. He entered the night questionable with an illness and has dealt with shoulder and calf injuries in recent weeks.