The Atlanta Hawks roll into game 4 with a 2-1 deficit to the Washington Wizards. They dropped the first two games in Washington, mostly due to costly turnovers and poor production from both Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dwight Howard. This combined with the explosion of scoring from Bradley Beal and John Wall handed the Hawks back to back losses. The first game in Atlanta was a 116-98 win for the Hawks. This came on the back of a strong 29 point and 14 rebound performance from Paul Millsap, while Dennis Schroder added 27 points as well.
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Going into game 4, the Hawks still have not found the answer to stopping John Wall. His scoring was vital to Washington’s wins in games 1 and 2, and he managed 29 points on 10 of 12 shooting in game 3. In addition to Wall, Atlanta should be wary of Bradley Beal who can go off with his shooting at any moment. He had a poor game in game 3, but he is still a threat from deep if he is not guarded closely. One interesting player to watch for Atlanta will be Taurean Prince. The rookie has jumped his way into the starting lineup and has played admirably, averaging 14 on 62/57/100 over the series. His defensive hustle has also helped the Hawks withstand the Wizards onslaught. Dennis Schroder has also had a quietly impressive series, scoring 25 points per game and adding in 8 assists as well. If he can continue his prolific scoring while avoiding turnovers, Atlanta will be in a solid position to take game 4. The Hawks will also need better offensive production from Tim Hardaway Jr. in order to provide spacing with his 3 point shooting. Paul Millsap will need to continue to win his matchup against Markieff Morris if they hope to hold home court and even up the series against the Wizards. Losing this game means that Washington takes a 3-1 lead, and while 3-1 leads have eroded before, it will put the Hawks in a far more precarious position.
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