Will the Atlanta Hawks Bounce Back After Embarrassing 58-Point Performance?

By Dan Parzych
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It’s one thing for an NBA team to have an off night and lose a game, but what happened to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday against the Chicago Bulls was nothing short of embarrassing for a team that’s supposed to be seen as a playoff contender.

Not only did the Hawks lose by 39 to the Bulls, but they only managed to score 58 points in the process. Mike Scott was the only member of the team to reach double figures in points (10) as Josh Smith and Kyle Korver finished in second as they each scored nine points.

The most painful statistic to look at from the game–the Hawks managed to score only five points in the second quarter.

Look around the league at how many teams manage to score 58 points in one half of play and it’s a clear sign of how bad of a game it was for Atlanta Monday night. For one of the top teams in the league that currently holds on to the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, these type of performances should never happen and things won’t get any easier on Wednesday as the Hawks prepare for a key matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets are arguably one of the hottest teams in the league right now as they head into Wednesday’s game riding a seven-game winning streak and are coming off a key win against the Toronto Raptors. The Hawks certainly have the talent to beat the Nets, but if that’s going to happen–they’re certainly going to need more than 58 points to do so.

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