By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 at 5:38 pm in Uncategorized.
How many teams in the league can shoot 57.5 percent in the first half and be losing by 14 points — to Atlanta?
The reason they are down? Atlanta is getting open looks from behind the arc. That includes Joe Johnson, a noted outside shooter.
The Hawks made 8 of 17 3-point attempts in the first half. The only reason it wasn’t worse was that Johnson struggled with his shot, making just 3 of 10. So that means everyone else was 5-for-7.
It’s amazing how the Warriors keep getting sucked into the paint, as if they’re going to actually defend the basket. The Hawks came into the game ranked 29th in points per game (91.5). They scored 70 first-half points! Nellie has never been known as a defensive coach, but that’s pretty embarrassing.