After getting blown out by the Portland Trail Blazers in their last matchup in the Moda Center the Hawks have traveled to tinsel town to face off against Brandon Ingram and the young Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. The Lakers have only one more win than the Hawks do this season so tonight is a battle of the NBA’s worst records.
The Hawks inactives for Friday’s game included Dewayne Dedmon who has been sidelined with a stress reaction in his left tibia but is working out with the team nearing a return. DeAndre’ Bembry is with the team but will not play as he continues his rehab from a “left groin strain”.
The Hawks started on fire and jumped out to a lead on a quick 8-2 run, but the Lakers responded in a big way running their offense through second year star Brandon Ingram. The Hawks did have a pretty nice moment in the first quarter when John Collins hit his first career NBA three pointer but looked slow in transition giving up running lanes to Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram to push the Lakers to a 29-27 lead at the end of one.
In the second the Hawks defense did not even show up to play as the Lakers continued to pummel the Hawks in transition. The Lakers especially heated up from three-point land in the second quarter as the Laker pace really started taking a toll on the Hawks. Really the only offense the Hawks got in the second was from their point guard Dennis Schroder on drives to the basket as Schroder’s speed was too much for the Lakers point guards, but the Hawks nearly gave up 70 in the first half as they went into the break trailing 66-48.
The third quarter saw a slightly better effort from the visitors on the defensive end early in the quarter, but the Lakers continued to pour it in from three-point land. The Lakers also continued to take advantage of their youth in transition without turning the ball over getting easy layups at the rim with no urgency from the Hawks. Atlanta spouted off a short run to keep things respectable, but the Hawks took a 96-80 deficit into the final quarter.
Atlanta kept its starters in for the fourth quarter but even against the Lakers backups the Hawks could not get any stops. Tyler Dorsey came in and made some nice plays alongside Dennis Schroder continuing to show his value as a facilitator and three-point shooter. Mike Muscala also got time late as he continues to rehab with the team and hit a three pointer late. The Hawks never got too close but kept things respectable down the stretch and now have a two-game cushion for the worst record in the NBA.
The Hawks will be right back at it tomorrow night against the Clippers hoping for a better result. Join us for continuing coverage on your Atlanta Hawks.