Wall Powers Wizards To Game 1 Win Over Hawks

  • Wall Powers Wizards To Game 1 Win Over Hawks

Wall Powers Wizards To Game 1 Win Over Hawks

The Chick-fil-A Family Pack is available for purchase for Games 3 & 4 here, and includes four tickets to a Hawks home playoff matchup and four Chick-fil-A meals. They weren't afraid to rack up fouls. Not only is he one of the best players in his position, he's one of the best players in the league. The free throws attempted were nearly even, an 18-16 edge for the visitors. This felt different. This felt like a strategy. Their defense turned into quick offense on the other end; Washington recorded 17 combined steals and blocks in Game 1. Millsap had no answer defensively for Morris.

Later, doing it himself this time, John Wall finished a 3-point play to stretch the lead to 14. It's nearly like looking in a mirror for Millsap.

Millsap didn't want to get caught up in a back-and-forth with Morris on and off the court.

Millsap still had a relatively good game on the offensive end.

Millsap was likely still upset from a no-call on Morris pinning him down earlier during a loose ball.

In fact, the Wizards got up 100 field goal attempts to just 78 for Atlanta. He expressed that to the media after the game, quote from Ohm Youngmisuk's report on ESPN.com. After Game 1, Hawks forward Paul Millsap said the Wizards "were playing MMA".

The Warriors, aiming to get back to the NBA Finals for a third straight year and regain the crown they surrendered last season to the Cleveland Cavaliers, beat the Trail Blazers four times in the regular season. The Hawks valued Al Horford for his versatility, but his 15 total rebounds during Cleveland's 4-0 sweep prompted a re-evaluation of Atlanta's deficiencies. But Butler overcame a united Garden crowd and led Chicago to the victory, scoring 23 points in the second half. "We'll have to figure something out". Markieff is "a very competitive guy". The Hawks don't exactly have a "soft" front-line.

Two years ago, Wall suffered five fractures in his left hand and wrist in Game 1, missing the next three and being hampered after that.

Al Horford had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Boston. The third quarter, however, was an ugly affair.

The same could be said about Wall, who was simply electric in Game One. Their physical game-plan paid off. Coincidentally, teams in National Basketball Association history to win Game 1 of a best-of-seven series have gone on to win 77 percent of the time.

Wall scored 15 points in the third quarter and finished with 14 assists in the best playoff performance of his young career. He's ridiculous and I'm not sure Atlanta has an answer for him.

Harrison of the Memphis Grizzlies and Lyles of the Utah Jazz will both see limited minutes as their team's rotation will tighten up and focus more on getting the starters as much playing time as possible.

The play of Washington's big men was still important and will continue to be for the duration of this series. The following quotes come from Jerry Brewer's recap of Game 1 in the Washington Post.

Saddled with three fouls, Millsap headed to the bench at the 2:54 remaining in the first half.

"We have a deep bench and I think we're going to try to use as much of it as we can", Budenholzer said.

"Just two guys playing hard", he said.

Said Morris: "It is what it is".

"If we're going to jostle the whole series", the 6-foot-10 (2.08-meters) Morris said, "then that's what it's going to be".

John Wall also commented on the importance of Morris.

"We've got to stop the transition", said Tim Hardaway Jr., who shot 2 of 11.

It's been just one game, but it's become apparent that this series is going to be a battle.