The Atlanta Hawks had an ugly weekend with back-to-back losses to the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets. With the two losses over the weekend, the Hawks are in danger of another long losing streak.
Coming into the weekend, the Atlanta Hawks were starting a mini northeast road trip in Washington D.C. for a game with the injury-plagued Wizards. The Wizards were missing their superstar guard, Bradley Beal, after knocking knees with Jonathan Issacs. Despite back-to-back losses to the Nuggets and Rockets, the Hawks looked to be gelling as a team since having Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, and John Collins all back together. The Hawks were looking to build some momentum starting in D.C.
The weekend got off to a bad start when the Hawks got trounced by the Wizards. Led by Jordan McRae, the Wizards didn’t miss a beat without Bradley Beal. The Hawks could never get anything going offensively with the Wizards doing a good job of containing Trae Young to only 19 points. What looked like a golden opportunity for the Hawks to find a win turned into an embarrassing loss.
After the loss to the Wizards, the Hawks were off the play the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets got a boost when it was announced Kyrie Irving would make his return after missing 26 games with a right shoulder issue. On the other side, the Hawks got bad news when it was announced Trae Young would be out for the Nets game with a sore hamstring.
The Hawks, without Trae Young, got absolutely destroyed in Brooklyn. The Hawks couldn’t find any consistent offense with Brandon Goodwin leading the offense in Trae’s spot absence. Cam Reddish ending the game as the high-scorer, with 20 points, for the Hawks after hitting four three-pointers in the first half. The Hawks got down early and it was out of hand for most of the game.
After the back-to-back losses over the weekend, the Hawks will return home for a game with the Pheonix Suns before going on the road for the San Antonio Spurs. The schedule doesn’t let up after that with Toronto and the LA Clippers coming up. After squandering chances to find a win this weekend, the Hawks are in danger of going on a long losing streak, similar to the two ten-game losing streaks this season. Hopefully, the Hawks will stop the bleeding on Tuesday with the Suns.