Where did the offense go last night for the Atlanta Hawks in the loss to the Indiana Pacers? Atlanta couldn’t be stopped in the last couple of weeks by any team leading up to the game, so what happened? Well, for one the starters failed to even show up on the offensive end of the court in the loss. Not a single starter managed to score in double figures, which is a very uncommon thing to see in the NBA nowadays.
With players such as Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the starting lineup there is no excuse for why the Hawks failed to have one of these guys score double-digit points last night. Indiana may lead the league in the fewest points per game allowed but to not have one single starter get into double figures is unacceptable. The Pacers didn’t necessarily make the Hawks take that many bad shots either; Atlanta just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop.
The performance of Millsap was the most surprising. He was just recently named to the All-Star team after carrying Atlanta on his back following the injury to Al Horford for rest of the season. You would expect him to give an All-Star like performance to guide his team to a win on their home floor. However, it was quite the opposite for the power forward in this game. He finished with only seven points by going 2-for-11 from the field in a shocking performance given his recent track record offensively.
Millsap and the other starters’ failure to show up on the offensive end of the court led to their defeat in the end. The Hawks only lost the game by a final score of 89-85 because of the strong play from their bench. If only a couple starters could have played better, Atlanta may have escaped with a huge win over the NBA’s best team.