The Atlanta Hawks went up to the Capital to face the Washington Wizards for the third time this year. These two have played each other close every time this season, with the winner of the game pulling away late. That happened in this game as well, as the Wizards won, 114-98. The Hawks had been playing well of late regardless if it showed up as a win or not. The Wizards are trying to adjust with life without John Wall as he will be out for the rest of the season, but Bradley Beal has taken on the role as the go-to scorer.
John Collins on a rampage
John Collins has been playing like one of the best big men in the conference recently, and he didn’t stop in that game either. He started off the first half with 16 points in 13 minutes and went 4 of 4 from the three. He kept the Hawks in the game for the most part when it looked like it would slip away early. Collins has improved his perimeter game this season, and it has shown with the confidence shooting from deep. He didn’t notch a double-double in this game, but his energy was felt for most of the first half. Collins should definitely be considered for an All-Star nod with his play this season.
Third quarter resurgence
The Hawks saw the game getting away from them at end of the first half, and early into the third quarter. If you haven’t watched any games so far, you should know the Hawks always have one of those big runs in them. The third quarter was where they did most of their damage, with much credit to Alex Len who had most of his team-high 24 points in the quarter. Len was doing it all, from hitting from the perimeter to being a force in the paint. The Hawks got close to tying the game up, but never took the lead in the second half.
Having trouble finishing
If the Hawks aren’t having a hard time starting the game off strong, they’re usually struggling trying to finish it off. The teams went back and forth early in the fourth, and then Beal came back in. Beal has hurt the Hawks every time they have played this season. After he hit a deep three, it was basically over for the Hawks. If the team learns how to finish games, they would have a couple of more wins then they already have now. With this being a young team, there will be times like this where the Hawks will slow down during crunch time against experienced teams.
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