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Atlanta Hawks: 3 Takeaways From Game 2 Loss To Wizards

April 20th, 2017 at 11:35 AM
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A physical contest, featuring a combined 55 personal fouls, doomed the Atlanta Hawks as they fell behind 0-2 in their opening round series with Washington.

After dropping the series opener, Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap wasn’t sure if he competed in an NBA playoff contest, or an MMA fight.

The physicality went up another notch Wednesday night, as the two teams were whistled for 29 fouls in the first 24 minutes of the contest, and combined to shoot 71 free throws on the night.

Washington managed to secure a commanding 2-0 series advantage by inverting the third and fourth quarter scores. The Wizards surrendered 35 third quarter points, while posting just 23, but clinched an eight-point victory by outscoring the Hawks 35-23 in the fourth quarter.

Here are the three primary factors that contributed to a 109-101 loss for the Atlanta Hawks.

No Answers For Washington’s Backcourt Combination

The primary concern for the Atlanta Hawks heading into the series was finding a way to limit the point production from the Washington duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Both players combined to score 54 of the 114 points (47.3 percent) the Wizards scored in Game 1 and increased their productivity Wednesday.

Of the 109 points scored by Washington, 63 came from Beal and Wall (57.8 percent), as the duo simply took over the fourth quarter.¬†During the final 12 minutes of the game, the Hawks simply couldn’t stop either player.

Wall and Beal closed out the contest by scoring 20 of the final 21 points for Washington. …

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Tags: 2017 NBA Playoffs, Atlanta Hawks, Bojan Bogdanovic, Bradley Beal, Brandon Jennings, Dennis Schroder, Dwight Howard, Jason Smith, John Wall, Kent Bazemore, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, Paul Millsap, Scott Brooks, Tim Hardaway

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