Things are not looking good for the Atlanta Hawks right now before the team heads into the All-Star break.
Atlanta has lost three in a row after their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at Philips Arena last night, and part of the problem has been the struggles on offense. Against Memphis, the Hawks could not even break the 80-point mark as they lost by a final score of 79-76. The Grizzlies deserve a lot of credit for their effort on the defensive end, but in the end scoring under 80 points is unacceptable for an Atlanta team averaging 102.1 points per game this season.
Paul Millsap was the only one who really showed up to try to pull out a nice win for the Hawks. He finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals in an amazing effort against two of the better big men in the league, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Late in the game, he pulled the Hawks within three points to possibly get the win in front of the home crowd after hitting a huge three. However, one man cannot get the job done against a great defensive team like the Grizzlies.
Millsap needed help from his teammates last night, and they were nowhere to be found on the offensive end. DeMarre Carroll, who started out the game hot, was the only other Atlanta player to even score in double-figures. He recorded 13 points in the loss to try and help his All-Star teammate propel the Hawks to a win, but even he failed to provide some much-needed offense late in the game.
He scored nine of his 13 points in the first quarter and didn’t score one point in the fourth when Atlanta needed his offense the most. Despite Carroll’s lack of scoring in crunch time, the real problem last night were the poor performances from the rest of his teammates.
Mike Scott, who scored in double-figures in 13 straight games coming into the contest, failed to even score one point. I know players can have bad nights shooting the basketball, but to see him not make an impact at all in the game was shocking. Scott has been a huge reason why the Hawks are holding ground in the Eastern Conference with his production off the bench.
Atlanta needs to get their offense back on track in a hurry if the team wants to a chance to claim the No. 3 seed in the East. The Toronto Raptors come to town on Wednesday and are playing well right now with DeMar DeRozan putting up big numbers to put the Raptors a half game up on the Hawks in the standings.