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

April 20th, 2017 at 8:56 AM
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On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks battled the Washington Wizards in Game 2 of their first round playoff series. Were they able to even up the series at 1-1?

The Atlanta Hawks entered Wednesday night’s contest against the Washington Wizards down 1-0 in their first round playoff series. You can’t win a playoff series in the first two games, but you can definitely lose it.

The Hawks would look to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole before the series shifts down south. Stealing a game in Washington would give them a confidence boost heading into Saturday’s Game 3 in Atlanta. Winning on the road in the playoffs is easier said than done. That’s especially true against a team as talented as the Wizards.

After a sluggish start by both teams, a 14-0 Wizards run gave Washington a 16-6 lead midway through the first quarter. All 14 points were scored by John Wall and Bradley Beal. It looked like a movie Hawks fans have seen many times.

Dennis Schroder finally broke the drought with a nifty mid-range jumper. The Hawks would settle down and even secure a 24-23 lead after one quarter.

Schroder’s aggressiveness helped Atlanta take back the lead. He ended the first quarter with 12 points and three assists.

He exploited his matchup with Brandon Jennings, blowing by him to the basket whenever the opportunity presented itself.

After Game 1, Paul Millsap made a comment to the media regarding Washington’s physical play. The Wizards continued that strategy in Game 2. Hard screens and rough fouls were not in short supply, however, the whistles were a little bit tighter than in Game 1.

Markieff Morris was saddled with early foul trouble, picking up a pair of fouls in the first quarter. He would pick up a third before the first half was over.  Both teams appeared visually upset with the officiating throughout the entire game.

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Tags: Analysis, Bradley Beal, Brandon Jennings, Dennis Schroder, Dwight Howard, Jason Smith, John Wall, Jose Calderon, Kent Bazemore, Lebron James, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Mike Muscala, Paul Millsap, Taurean Prince, Thabo Sefolosha, Tim Hardaway

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