RECAP: Wizards 101, Hawks 97

David Vertsberger —  March 29, 2014


WAS(38-35) 101 – 97 (31-41)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Wall (WAS): 25 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast
P. Antic (ATL): 13 pts, 12 reb


Bad luck continues to strike as the Hawks visited Washington without their best perimeter defender, DeMarre Carroll, and their lord and savior Elton Brand. Still, the starters played a helluva game and were backed by some strong nights by Lou Williams and Dennis Schröder, but Atlanta couldn’t pull through as they drop their sixth straight and now stand at 31-41 on the year. A last-ditch effort by the Hawks to come back from eight down with just over a minute left gave Atlanta the ball down two with under 20 ticks to go. Jeff Teague missed a well-defended reverse lay-up and Drew Gooden iced the clinching free throws.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Millsap played a whopping 40 minutes on the night, but continues to struggle with his offense. He shot 5/13 from the field, but was orchestrating the offense really well with 5 dimes. His getting Trevor Booker into foul trouble early and often turned around to bite Atlanta in the behind, since Drew Gooden hopped off the bench and spread the floor, finishing with 16 points on 5/5 shooting. 4/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier started for the sidelined DeMarre Carroll and filled in quite well. Martin drained a couple of threes en route to 13 points and 4 rebounds. He was by no means a minus on defense, closing out well and not losing his man on cuts. The kind of performance to warrant more minutes, if he weren’t getting them out of dire need. 9/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack did an exceptional job on Bradley Beal tonight, harassing him over screens and forcing a poor 5/15 shooting night. Although Mack was just 2/6 from the field, he did a little bit of everything, grabbing 6 rebounds and assisting on 6 buckets while committing just a single turnover. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff Teague did plenty to give the Hawks a real chance at this game. Well, he missed the game-tying lay-up in the final seconds, but besides that! Teague was aggressive, showing off his speed against one of the most polarizing speed demons in the NBA. Wild finishes inside were dropping and we saw zero hesitance on his jumper. Jeff finished with 19 points on 8/17 shooting from the field, including two threes. 8/10

Pero Antic: Oh yes, way to return with a statement Pero! Antic did a lot of everything, setting hard screens, work on the glass, knocking it down from deep… Antic finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds – leading the team in +/- with a +24 thanks to some active defense. 9/10

Mike Scott: Scott had a very ‘meh’ game, scoring 8 points on 5 shots but giving up a lot on the defensive end. He was part of a bench unit that had each of their four players going negative by double digits, so the blame isn’t all on him. 5/10

Mike Muscala: Yikes. Muscala was eaten alive tonight. Although he collected 8 boards, it felt as if he gave up 40 offensive rebounds to John Wall alone. His defense was non-existent and his offense a non-factor, going just 1.6 from the field. Sheesh/10

Lou Williams: Williams had a better outing than his 4/10 shooting night suggested, His offense was coming easily early on, and after it teetered off a bit he made a huge play in the final minute to spark the Hawks’ failed comeback in the late stages of the night. 7/10

Dennis Schröder: Dennis played a terrific game, doing all the right things on both ends of the floor. Although he was out-matched physically, his defense was on point and I couldn’t point out a single rookie mistake. He made some smooth offensive moves and nailed a big three in the closing period. The two turnovers in 15 minutes weren’t great, but the good far outweighed the bad on this night. 8/10

Mike Budenhozler: Nine available players. Popovich himself couldn’t do more. INC/10

Opposition: That John Wall guy is really good. 9/10

Next: Atlanta vs. 76ers on Monday, March 31st 7:30 PM.

David Vertsberger