Atlanta came out all firing on all cylinders in a 116-98 win over Washington in Game 3 of their First Round series.
From opening tip, Atlanta was playing like a team playing for their lives. It almost seemed the Hawks were shooting in the ocean in the first half, knocking down nearly 70 percent of their shots in the first half. Paul Millsap was the engine that powered the Hawks on this night, finishing with 29 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assist, 2 blocks, and one steal respectively. Millsap’s complete game was nearly mirrored by that of Dennis Schroder. Ending the game with 28 points and 9 assists, Dennis took on the point guard challenge head on, after being outplayed in the first two games. Atlanta ended the game shooting nearly 50 percent while holding Washington to just 41 percent shooting from the field.
Washington struggled mightily on the offensive end for much of the game outside of John Wall (who had a solid game), nobody could get into rhythm. Missed shot after missed shot, Washington was getting frustrated, which effected their effort on both ends of the floor. It almost seemed as if Washington “packed it in” after shrinking a 25 point deficit to 13, only to watch it climb back to 20 in a blink of an eye.
Wall not only finished the night with 29 points, he shoot 10-of-12 from the floor (83 percent for the game.)
Here is a summary of Wall’s night:
JOHN WALL, GOOD LORD pic.twitter.com/XUCTG4TyS2
— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) April 22, 2017
Wall has been the best player of the floor this whole series (including last night), but it was the team as a whole that did not show up. Bradley Beal ended the night with 12 points on just 30 percent shooting.
Washington is still up in the series and had spurts of this game where they looked to turn back into the team that was defensively solid the first two games. If they want to leave Atlanta with a 3-1 lead, they will have to not only limit Atlanta’s seemingly scorching hot shooting now, they will have to follow Wall’s lead and get back to their winning ways.
Game four will be on Monday, April 24, at 8:00 pm EST.