A Tale of Two Games For The Washington Wizards

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Games 2 and 3 of the playoff series between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks have a 180 degree difference. Consistency defines great teams in the league. Looking at teams like the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors, it is evident that consistency is built into their DNA. If the hot-cold performances continue for the Wizards, it could spell doom for their chances for deep playoff run.

Game 2 was an offensive explosion from the Wizards. The Wiz won the home game 101-109. John Wall led the team in scoring with 32 points, he also added 5 rebounds, 9 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 4 turnovers. Bradley Beal added 31 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist, 3 steals, and 4 turnovers. The Wiz held the statistical advantage in most categories. The Hawks only had an advantage in free throw percentage, points in the paint, and personal fouls.

The defense for the Wizards was not phenomenal, but it was not bad either. The Hawks shot 40.5 percentage from the field and had 18 turnovers.

The biggest difference between the two teams this Game 2 match up was fast break points. The Wiz had 16 fast break points compared to the 4 mustered up by the Hawks.

Game 3 was not a good game for Wizards fans to watch. Only Wall was able to crack twenty plus points for the Wizards. The Wiz fell to the Hawks in Atlanta 98-116. The okay type defense that the Wizards won with at home was the same defense got them spanked in Game 3.

Besides the 116 points given up by the Wizards, the team struggled as a whole defensively. They allowed the Hawks to shot 49.4 percent from the floor and allowed 60 points in the paint. On top of the Wizards poor showing defensively, the high power attack of the Wiz was held in check with shooting only 41.6 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent from 3-point land. The only positive from Game 3 is that the Wiz had 23 fast break points.

Now game three might have just been a fluke game offensively for the Wizards but their defense has to tighten up if they want win games on the road. Hopefully, the Wizards will not struggle on offense for the rest of the postseason like they did in Game 3 and have more showing like Games 1 and 2.