The Hawks were no contest to the Spurs in this game where they fell to Kawhi Leonard and Spurs 103-78. The Spurs ceased full control throughout the majority of the game. San Antonio shot 48.6% from the field, 50% from the three point line, and 95.5% from the free throw line. Atlanta wasn’t able to get into any sort of rhythm. The team was missing a lot of shots in the paint, committed 17 turnovers and only shot 37.5% from the field.
Coach Bud was obviously not thrilled after the game. “We’ve got to finish better in the paint, whether it be the bigs or the smalls. There is probably some credit that goes to (the Spurs) and their activity around the rim. Ultimately, we’ve got to make (shots) close to the basket. It looks like layups. We have to finish better.”-Budenholzer on missing so many shots in the paint.
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals. Manu Ginobili scored 17 points off the bench with 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Paul Millsap was the only Hawk who scored in double figures; had a total of 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Currently the Hawks sit at a very underwhelming 14-11. They have faced a brutal schedule thus far but it is finally balancing out a bit. Right now the Hawks main problem is getting back to being the team that we saw last year. The franchise hasn’t been able to find any consistency so far this year. It’ll take time for the team to find their way if their main goal is to finish in the top 5 or top 3 in the eastern conference(not that matters to them anyways). Hawks’ next game will be at home vs. Heat. Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Southeast.
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