The Atlanta Hawks dropped their 7th straight game to the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn tonight. Despite a stellar game from Trae Young, it was a second-half collapse that would doom the Hawks.
Coming into tonight’s game with the Brooklyn Nets, the Hawks were reeling. Losers of six straight games, plus the report of turmoil inside the locker room from a Yahoo Sports report made people start talking about Lloyd Pierce’s future. While Lloyd Pierce feels safe at the moment, the Hawks needed to right the ship in a season that has been a disaster.
Needing a big performance to start the game, the Hawks came out firing on all cylinders. The Hawks played their best offensive first half, scoring 73 points in the first half which included the Hawks outscoring the Nets 39-26 in the second quarter. Going into the second half with a lead, the Hawks felt good about their chances to get a win.
Since Kyrie Irving’s injury sidelined him, Spencer Dinwiddie has stepped to lead the Nets. When Dinwiddie got his 5th personal foul in the middle of the third quarter, the Hawks had a huge chance to capitalize on his absence. Instead, the Nets played the Hawks to a stalemate in the third quarter, with the Hawks up 13 going into the 4th.
Going into the 4th quarter with a 13 point lead and Trae Young had 35, the Hawks were in a great position to win the game. This is when the Hawks offense went cold. The Nets would go on a 23-4 run in the middle of the 4th to take the lead from the Hawks. Dinwiddie, with his five fouls, could not be stopped. The game became a shootout between Dinwiddie and Trae Young, with Trae winning the personal battle and Dinwiddie’s team winning the game.
The Hawks loss tonight can only be described as total collapse. The Hawks, like they have all season, have trouble closing out games late. This isn’t shocking for a team with so many young players, however, it’s an issue that needs to be addressed. Trae Young scored 47 points and the Hawks still lost tonight. Trae scoring big totals yet losing the game is becoming a trend with this team. The Hawks will need to get some veteran help or Trae will have to get better at closing games out. If not, the Hawks will continue to bottom out.