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Atlanta Hawks: Will Malcolm Delaney Enter The Rotation For Game 3?

April 20th, 2017 at 1:18 PM
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The Atlanta Hawks need to shake things up in their playoff series against the Washington Wizards. Should they make a change at backup point guard?

The Atlanta Hawks are down 0-2 in their playoff series against the Washington Wizards. Things are looking bleak for the Hawks. Aren’t things always bleak for Atlanta sports?

The Hawks let a winnable game slip away in the fourth quarter, due to suspect perimeter defense and long stretches where their offense couldn’t buy a basket.

One disappointing stretch came early in the fourth quarter. The Hawks held a four-point lead entering the fourth quarter and looked prepared to take control of the game against a Washington lineup comprised mostly of bench players.

Atlanta is supposed to have a depth advantage in this series. The Wizards have a far superior starting five, but the Hawks could go 11 or 12 deep if they wanted to. Taking advantage of bench units is how Atlanta is supposed to keep this series close.

A Taurean Prince basket gave the Hawks an 84-78 with 9:14 remaining in the game. An 8-0 Wizards run swung the game back in Washington’s favor, paving the way for the John Wall, Bradley Beal explosion that would give them a 109-101 victory.

Six of those eight points were scored by or assisted by Brandon Jennings. He exploited his matchup against Jose Calderon and gave the Wizards the spark they needed to prevent the Hawks from extending their lead. It was arguably …

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Tags: Analysis, Bradley Beal, Brandon Jennings, Dennis Schroder, John Wall, Jose Calderon, Kent Bazemore, Malcolm Delaney, Taurean Prince, Thabo Sefolosha

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