Hawks “A-Town Stomps” Wizards; ties series

Joshua Vinson

Atlanta, Georgia — The goal of any team that is up 2-0 with homecourt advantage is to win at least one game on the road. However, the Wizards failed to do so. Now, the question becomes why?  Only John Wall can bring clarity to that.

 

 

“Game 3….defensively,” said Wall at the podium after losing to the Hawks last night 111-101.

“This Game (Game 4) I just think it came down to making shots. They got off to a great start in the fourth quarter…..I think we played well enough and hard enough to win this game. In Game 3 we just didn’t come with a lot of effort, but in Game 4 we came in with more focus and effort to the game.”

 

 

Wall would finished the night with 22 points and 10 assists. The Wizards even got Bradley Beal going offensively. Beal led the team with 32 points shooting 11/23 from the field, but was 5/14 from behind the arc.

 

The Wizards lack of success wasn’t offense but defense.

 

How did Washington lose?

Simply put. This Wizards team had a combination of an offensive drought and bad defensive stretches which led to this defeat. Wall’s quick pace caused Dennis Schroder to get into foul trouble early. He had three personal fouls and would the entire second quarter. The Wizards missed an opportunity to capitalize and they regret it.

 

 

“Definitely. Without Schroder in the game, we were suppose to take advantage there. But we didn’t. I think we had 15 points in the second quarter and we allowed them to get back in the game,” said Markieff Morris.

 

 

Another issue that the Wizards experienced is paint points. The Atlanta Hawks had 104 paint points in their two game home-stand which means two things. The Hawks are getting to the basket taking higher percentage shots. In addition, they are getting to the foul line too.

 

 

“I’m not sure,” Morris said. He couldn’t highlight a reason for the paint points disparity. However, Kelly Oubre tried to give some insight.

 

 

 

“They have a hall of fame big man in Dwight Howard. Who is pretty much taking up a lot of space causing Marcin to be very active on defense…Mainly, we have to keep our guys in front of us.”

 

Oubre was referring to the easy lobs options the Hawks have with Howard. He had his way in the paint finishing the night with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

 

Tied Series put Wizards on high-alert

 

After losing two games in Atlanta, many wonder what is the state of the locker room.

“We’re pissed. Facts, we’re pissed,” Kelly Oubre said.

Rightfully, so. The Wizards should be pissed after missing two opportunities to win atleast one game. Also, they have made this series harder and longer than what it needs to be. Not to mention, the Hawks are now fully confident going into Washington because this is a new series now. Nonetheless, despite the adversities, the Wizards all agree that going home will be good for them.

 

 

Brandon Jennings, Kelly Oubre, Markieff Morris, and John Wall all mentioned that they are going home and will take care of business. Jennings even mentioned that Game 5 on Wednesday is a “must win.”

 

 

Wizards will host the Hawks at the Verizon Center at 6 p.m. Game 6 will be in Atlanta and the time is to be determined.

 

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Joshua Vinson
Wizards/Carolina Panthers Beat Writer-- at Fox Sports/WHAP
This season is my 5th year covering the NBA. I specialize in feature stories and exclusives are what I do best. During the NFL season, I'm now covering the Carolina Panthers. This is my second year covering the NFL. Feel free to connect with me. I live by the following quote:

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