The Hawks took a day off Sunday to lick their collective wounds after the worst loss of the season. The Warriors manhandled the Hawks on the way to a 115-93 victory Saturday night at Philips Arena.
“When they punched us in the mouth we did not respond,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “That was very disappointing. That was very disheartening.”
The Hawks (14-7) were all but out of the game by the second quarter. They trailed by as many as 27 points in the third quarter. Josh Smith was held to three points on 1-of-12 shooting. The defeat was far worse than the 13-point loss at the Clippers in the fifth game of the season, the previous highest margin of defeat.
“I told the guys after the game, this is one game,” Drew said. “We’ll look at it and see what happened. We are not going to let the snowball effect to take place. We are going to move on from this game as fast as we can.”
The Hawks struggled in nearly all phases of the game, Drew said. They shot 36.9 percent (31 of 84), were just 19.2 percent (5 of 26) from 3-point range, allowed the Warriors to shoot 49.5 percent (49 of 99), were outrebounded (54-45) and had fewer assists (32-21).
“I would like to say there will be nights like this but I think it has to do that it was self-inflicted tonight,” center Al Horford said. “We took a lot of bad shots and that affected the way we defended and the way we played as a team. … It was the type of shots. There were a lot of bad shots. It’s something we are going to address as a team.”
Settling for jumpers
Once the Hawks fell behind against the Warriors they began to settle for long-range jump shots. They took 26 3-point attempts and were 3 of 13 from behind the arc in each half.
“That is not acceptable, particularly when we are struggling and we need baskets,” Drew said. “There was a lot of basketball to be played, particularly in the third quarter. You’ve got to make things happen in the paint. You can’t just settle for jump shots and look for the home run. You have to learn how to chip away.”
The Hawks again struggled at the free-throw line, making just 26 of 36 attempts. The Hawks have the 28th worst free-throw percentage in the NBA at 70 percent. Only the Lakers and Nuggets are worse.
Drew said his team will put the Warriors loss behind them – quickly. They must. The Hawks begin a stretch of four games in five days Tuesday with two sets of road-home back-to-backs separated by a day. They play at Washington (3-18) Tuesday, host Oklahoma City (19-4, division leader) Wednesday, play at Philadelphia (12-11) Friday and host Chicago (13-9, division leader) Saturday.
- Chris Vivlamore
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