The Atlanta Hawks must not have brought their defense to London with them when they traveled over the Atlantic from Atlanta, because whatever that performance was on the defensive side of the ball was absolutely awful. The Hawks allowed the Brooklyn Nets to get way too many easy shots and the Nets made them pay in a big way. Brooklyn torched the Hawks in this game as the Nets lit up the scoreboard with 127 points and shot 58 percent from the field in a dominating effort on the offensive end.
One area that Brooklyn killed Atlanta in this game was their ability to hit the three-ball. In the game, the Nets shot a remarkable 59 percent from beyond the arc by going 16=for-27 in order to put the game out of reach for the Hawks. Joe Johnson did most of the damage at the three-point line for the Nets. He went an incredible six for eight from three in the game and really helped lead his team to victory with his monster performance shooting the basketball.
The Nets’ ability to hit the three-ball wasn’t the only thing they did well; possession after possession, Atlanta allowed Brooklyn to attack the rim at will without the threat of a legitimate shot blocker down low. Pero Antic is good in his own right, but in London tonight, he was no match for a bigger and more physical Brooklyn team. Antic brings a lot to the table for coach Mike Budenholzer with his ability to hit the three-pointer and distribute the ball, but one area he must improve going forward is his ability to become a physical big man who can challenge every shot at the rim.
Antic definitely didn’t bring his A-game to the O2 Arena tonight, but he’s not the one who deserves the blame for the awful defensive performance tonight. After all, he’s a bench player whose had to take on the role of replacing the loss of Al Horford down low in the starting lineup. The most disappointing player against the Nets tonight has to be Paul Millsap. Usually, Millsap makes a huge impact in every game for the Hawks, but tonight he played poorly. He managed to only score 13 points on 5-of-14 from the field which is okay on the offensive end, but his performance on defense really let the team down. In the game, he only managed to grab three rebounds and really struggled to stop anyone the Nets threw at him down low.
Hopefully, the Hawks leave that defensive performance in London, because they’ll need to bring the energy and focus on defense when they face the Miami Heat on Monday.