Remember when the Hawks could shoot?
After a disastrous performance that included a 25-point half (yes, half) against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, Atlanta followed it up with yet another brutal showing on Monday. Despite what was a solid defensive performance, the Hawks were unable to overcome the poor shooting, and the final result was a 100-88 defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat.
Though it was not quite as insufferable as the first half against San Antonio, Monday's first half was not fantastic. The Hawks made just 33% of their shots, including 2 of 14 (14%) from three, and the starting backcourt of Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague missed 12 of their 13 attempts. On the whole, ball movement and shot selection were reasonably good, but Atlanta failed to connect on shots all over the court, and Miami needed only moderate competence to gain a nine-point halftime lead.
The Heat then followed that up with a 10-4 run to open the second half, opening a double-digit lead, and for all intents and purposes, that spelled the end of the night. Of course, there were flashes from the Hawks in their home building (including a career-high 28 points from Kent Bazemore), but Atlanta would never close to lead to a manageable number throughout the second half, consistently falling short when opportunities were presented.
On a night when the home team shoots 39% from the floor ((including a combined 4 for 24 from its starting backcourt) and 24% from three, it isn't difficult to explain the reasoning for a negative result. Still, there were other problems, including 15 offensive rebounds from Miami, and this type of listless showing does not satisfy anyone.
Shots will fall at a higher rate in the future and panic isn't needed, but frustration is entirely defensible. Fire away.