Less than two weeks ago, the Atlanta Hawks lost to the
A change in venue could make a major difference Friday night as
the Hawks look to avenge that defeat by continuing their home
dominance in the series.
Atlanta (11-11) has dropped six of nine, including a 108-101
defeat at Washington on Nov. 30. Facing the Wizards (9-11) at home
may lead to a much different result.
The Hawks have won 10 straight meetings on their own floor,
holding Washington to an average of 90.5 points and 42.9 percent
shooting. They’ve been particularly impressive over the last five
such matchups, averaging 104.8 points.
Atlanta took the most recent meeting at Philips Arena 104-95 on
Dec. 7, 2012. Center Al Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds,
giving him an average of 11.5 in 10 career home matchups.
He had 16 points and three boards against the Wizards last
Horford and the Hawks are coming off their worst offensive
performance of the season. He had a season-low seven points and 10
rebounds while Atlanta set a season mark for futility with 35.6
percent shooting in Tuesday’s 101-92 home loss to Oklahoma
“There were a couple of stretches where we just couldn’t get
good shots,” forward Kyle Korver said. “We all know we have room to
grow. We’ve got to get better, but we can get better.”
Korver is looking to bounce back from his own rough performance,
sinking 1 of 6 from 3-point range while finishing with nine points.
He’s hit at least one 3 in an NBA-record 91 straight games.
Korver is 9 for 20 from behind the arc while averaging 12.3
points in his last three meetings with Washington. He missed the
last matchup with a rib contusion.
Paul Millsap is averaging 20.4 points and 11.8 rebounds over the
past five games, a stretch that started with 23 and 10 against the
Washington is trying to win at Atlanta for the first time since
a 102-98 overtime victory Jan. 11, 2008.
The Wizards are also looking to avoid a third straight loss
after falling 75-74 to Denver on Monday. They failed to regain the
lead on three possessions over the final 33 seconds, including a
turnover by John Wall on the final play.
Washington, though, may be more concerned with its production
off the bench. The team is getting a league-low 18.6 points per
game from the reserves, and they scored five while going 2 for 13
from the field and missing all five from long range against the
“We’ve got to get more than five points from our bench,” coach
Randy Wittman said. “That’s gotta get better for us, no question
“I gotta figure out a way to find guys that are gonna go out
there and increase it by 12, keep it at 12, keep it at 10, keep it
at eight, until you can get your main guys back.”
The Wizards continue to be besieged by injuries to Al Harrington
(knee), Bradley Beal (leg), Nene (foot) and Martel Webster
Wall and Trevor Ariza picked up the slack against the Hawks last
month, combining for 50 points on 16-for-28 shooting.
Wall is averaging 23.0 points and 10.3 assists over the past
four games, while Ariza has scored 21.0 while hitting 16 of 29