Washington Wizards’ Winning Streak Stopped By Hawks
On Monday night, the Washington Wizards took care of business on the road against the Atlanta Hawks and came away with an impressive victory. The Hawks had a chance to avenge their loss in the nation’s capital on Wednesday night in a rare mini-series. That’s exactly what they did.
Much like the game on Monday night, Wednesday night’s affair was back-and-forth for most of the first half.
Both teams traded baskets and it looked like the Washington Wizards were in-sync. Markieff Morris, in particular, helped give the Wizards a boost every time the Hawks answered with a shot.
The second half was quite the opposite.
Wednesday night’s match up was similar to the game on Monday, but the script was flipped.
Instead of the Wizards creating turnovers and pulling away with the lead, the Hawks did so on Washington’s home court. John Wall coughed the ball up and the Hawks executed offensively. The Wizards did a poor job of rotating to their shooters and their single digit lead ballooned in just minutes.
As Alan Jenkins pointed out, the Wizards turned the ball over 18 times.
At this point in the season and given where the Wizards are placed in the standings, that many turnovers is unacceptable. The Hawks are too good of an offensive team and they’re capable of scoring the ball in a hurry. When you give them that many extra possessions and more chances to get hot, it’s nearly impossible to come out with a victory.
Here are some quick notes:
- Bradley Beal played 31 minutes and generated just seven points. That’s obviously not good enough. He needs to to a better job of developing a sustainable offense. If he wants to truly be a max player, he can’t be consistently inconsistent.
- Morris is exactly what the Washington Wizards were missing from the get-go. He’s scoring the ball and he’s rebounding at a high rate. He scored 19 and added nine boards to his totals tonight. His energy and hustle inside has been contagious as well.
- I’m starting to come around on Marcus Thornton. Washington added him after Gary Neal struggled to return from injury and I was skeptical from the start. His minutes have been erratic, but when he has played, he’s given Washington a spark. He scored 23 points in as many minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
Washington will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night before meeting the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Every game going forward should be considered a must-win. Losing to a lottery-bound team could end their playoff hopes.