Last night, the Atlanta Hawks proved that they got a whole lot of heart. Down 2-1 in the series with no Trae Young seemed like a tall task for Atlanta. Tuesday night, the Hawks whole team stepped up to fill the irreplaceable Trae Young. The biggest reason for success was the Hawks defense. They limited Giannis and the Bucks to just 38 first half points. They also limited the Bucks to shooting just 39% from the field including 8/39 (20.5%) from the 3 point line.
On the other hand, Atlanta offense was clicking all night as they shot 51% from the field and 34% from the 3 point line. Guard Lou Williams got his first ever start in the playoffs and took full advantage of the opportunity. Lou put up 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Hawks had 6 players in double digits for points including Capela, Bogdanovic, Huerter, Williams, Gallinari, and Reddish. The whole night everyone was just waiting for the Bucks to make their run and they never really did.
It started to really feel like it was Atlanta’s night when center Clint Capela made a shot over the backboard while the time was running out on the shot clock…
Maybe the biggest storyline from Game 4 is the uncertainty of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury heading into Game 5 back in Milwaukee. Apparently, Giannis injured his knee and he’s supposed to undergo a MRI to find out the severity of the injury. Obviously, if he’s out for some of the series, it changes everything with regards to the Hawks and Bucks success.