The Atlanta Hawks will try to clinch a winning mark on their six-game road trip Sunday night when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. The Hawks won the first three games of the trip before dropping a 92-87 decision in Phoenix on Friday.
The Hawks turned the ball over 21 times against the Suns and turned in a sloppy effort after playing spirited basketball for over a week. The loss was a disappointment to Larry Drew but he hoped that his club would use the loss to prepare for the final two games of the road trip:
"It's been good for us these first three games of the road trip, and we've been playing very well, (but) maybe we needed a game like this to just snap up back into reality," said coach Larry Drew, a former Laker point guard. "Now we have to go into LA to play against a very tough Laker team and then we go to Denver (on Monday) to finish this road trip out. We let a golden opportunity slip away tonight, but we've got to be ready for the next."
Recent history is certainly on the Lakers' side as they have defeated the Hawks six straight times in Los Angeles and three straight overall.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, March 3, 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband
Odds: Lakers by 5.5 points