Hawks start new skid?

This season has been a rough one for Atlanta Hawks basketball, and after a heartbreaking 110-105 home loss to the Brooklyn Nets (16-26), it seems things will only get rougher as they flounder with a league-worst standing of 11-31.

 

In his fourth NBA season, Hawks guard Dennis Schroder surpasses 4,000 points for his career

Despite a career night from point guard Dennis Schroder— who led all players in the game with a career-high 34 points, to go along with a team-high seven assists, and three steals— the Hawks folded offensively and defensively in the clutch moments of the contest.

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives on several Hawks players for the go-ahead layup in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

After seven lead changes and six ties in the fourth quarter alone, the Hawks found themselves with a one-point lead in the waning seconds of the game. That is when Atlanta allowed Brooklyn point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to take a defensive rebound the length of the court, make the go-ahead basket, and draw a foul. Only to follow that up by allowing Dinwiddie to get the offensive rebound after missing the ensuing free-throw attempt, draw another foul, and go back to the free-throw line where he would ultimately connect on two free-throws that put the Nets up 108-105 with just under 10 seconds remaining in the game.

Schroder commits the turnover after catching his own airball.

The Hawks need for a closer was evident on their final possession as Schroder was called for traveling after catching his own airball on a contested layup attempt. However, aside from Schroder, the only other Hawks players to accomplish a decent game were swingman Kent Bazemore (14 points on 50% shooting with two steals) and reserve bigman Dwayne Dedmon (11 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes for a +/- of 18).

Nets center Jahlil Okafor finishing of the dunk attempt.

The Nets, on the other hand, had plenty of contributions with six players scoring in double-figures led by Dinwiddie who finished with 20 points. Fellow starters Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14 points), Allen Crabbe (10 points) and reserves Jahlil Okafor (17 points  in 12 minutes) Joe Harris (10 points) also affected the outcome of this contest.

Atlanta is 1-6 during the month of January and will look to be competitive when they host the San Antonio Spurs (28-15) on Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday NBA showcase. Since taking over as the Hawk s head coach in 2013, Mike Budenholzer is 1-9 against the Spurs where he was an assistant coach for 17 seasons.

 

 

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