Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Hawks sticking with same starters for Game 3

Hawks sticking with same starters for Game 3

Washington Wizards centre Ian Mahinmi, a 30-year-old reserve from France, will miss at least the team's next two National Basketball Association playoff games with a strained left calf, the Wizards said on Friday (April 21). "They played off of that". "We don't care if he shoots the ball 30 times". Washington has held the Hawks to only 5/29 (17.2%) on catch-and-shoot opportunities overall, way below their 37.5% regular season mark.

Paul Millsap had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. However, it sounds like there will only be subtle adjustments made as Mike Budenholzer told reporters following practice that he would be sticking with the same starting unit for Game 3. Atlanta, which had made a furious comeback in the third quarter to take a four-point lead going into the fourth gave it all back in the final period as Washington outscored them 35-23 in the fourth.

That became a talking point during the off days, and perhaps affected the way Game 2 was called.

When it came to Howard, it seemed the Wizards were the only one with answers Wednesday. For the first 36 minutes of the game, the Hawks outscored the Wizards 36-24 in the paint. Now we have to go on the road and try to get a game there.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Mahinmi's strained left calf was re-evaluated and he has "definitely improved, feeling better each day but he definitely won't play the next few games".

"We were a little stagnant on offense", Beal said.

According to Millsap, Atlanta has a big edge when both teams play with smaller lineups, something Washington was forced to do as fouls accumulated. "Not saying that we're going to be able to stop him because he's such a good player, an all-star player, but we just want to make sure that they're not easy looks".

Beal entered the fourth quarter of Game 2 only 6/18 from the field for 15 points.

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