The Atlanta Hawks were defeated by the Chicago Bulls 113-97.
Dennis Schroder led all Hawks scorers with 18 points. Coming off a big win against the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night, the Hawks were looking to keep the winning pace against the Bulls. The night started off slow with a lot of missed shots from the field. There was a strong showing from Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen, who finished the night with 19 points off of 8/16 shooting.
Throughout the game the Hawks struggled offensively. This game may have been the worst three point shooting performance the Hawks have ever had. They went 11/48 from the three point line which is only 22%. At one point early in the 4th quarter, they were down to 12% from 3/ Bottom line, the Hawks simply didn’t have it tonight.
A few concerns from tonight:
Tauren Prince: Taurean Prince dislocated his right ring finger on January 7th against the Los Angeles Lakers, ever since he has struggled on the floor. He’s only been averaging 8.8 points per game, which isn’t bad, but he hasn’t been a positive effect on the floor. It’s clear that his finger is bothering him, and Coach Bud should let him rest until his finger is fully healed. (We appreciate your hard work and dedication Taurean, but we need you at full strength.)
Luke Babbitt: Out of the last 14 games Luke Babbitt hasn’t played in 11 of them. Luke Babbitt was a huge contributor early on in the season, as of late we have barely seen him on the floor. Luke Babbitt arguably might have the best three point shot on this Hawks roster but Coach Budenholzer hasn’t used him as of late. Luke played in the last few minutes of tonight’s game and notched in 6 points off of 2/2 shooting from the three point line in 5 minutes. Hawks fans have been wondering why he hasn’t been playing when clearly he is instant offense off the bench. Hopefully we can see him on the floor more in the next coming games.
The Hawks face the Utah Jazz Monday at 7:30 at Phillips Arena.
Ryan Thurman | @StrokeGame24