John Wall Shines as Wizards Win Game One over Atlanta

2016-17 NBA Team Season Review: Atlanta Hawks

Washington won three of four meetings with Atlanta this season, but each team covered the spread twice. Washington's bench had a combined 15 points and 11 of them came from second-year wing Kelly Oubre. Washington's starters scored as many points (86) as the Hawks' entire team. His midrange shooting unlocks a lot of stuff for the Wiz on offense and his defense is consistent enough to make him a player who should be reliable in playoff bench situations.

The big man from Bosnia missed the final seven games of the regular season with a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg, depleting the Blazers' already thin frontcourt. Box ScoreThe Wizards used a 69-point second half to run past the Hawks on Sunday afternoon, taking Game 1 with a score of 114-107.

Played in 45 of 49 wins.

"I think we're playing probably as good or better than we have all year, especially offensively", coach Mike Budenholzer said Friday. "I'd like him to take four to five threes if he's there in a rhythm, he's comfortable and his feet are set". He hoists threes, finishes inside despite his size, and gets to the line-his quickness, ball-handling and shot making abilities make him very hard to stop. "He had a stretch there it wasn't falling for him but he didn't stop working and it's paying off". Last season, they slipped to 48-34 and underwent a major shake-up that included the signing of polarizing center Dwight Howard and the promotion of Dennis Schroder to starting point guard. Thirty-two and 14, that's All-Star, that's high-level All-Star game. The Hawks finished the season 19th in the league in net rating, and 27th in the league in offensive rating.

On three days of rest (five times), Morris shot 56.9% overall and 50% from three.

When one of his four 3-pointers caromed waywardly before ending up in the basket, Wall shrugged to the Verizon Center crowd as if to say, "just my luck". With that said, with a John Wall on the floor and knowing how close they were to an East Finals appearance just two seasons ago, I see him taking his game to an even higher level and submitting his argument as a top 3 point guard in the National Basketball Association.

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"They were physical", Millsap added. They force a lot of turnovers, which helps their transition game, but they have trouble defending the rim sometimes, and opponents posted a 52.4 percent eFG.

First-year head coach David Fizdale recently explained Selden's worth to The Commercial Appeal. "But when I'm into it like that, if I'm scoring or my teammates are scoring, I'm always going to be hyped".

Wednesday, April 19: Atlanta at Washington, 7 p.m.

Wouldn't it have been beneficial to take either the Grizzlies game or the Knicks game as a virtual day off? Expect them to be very aggressive, looking to create offense for themselves and others even more than they did in the regular season. Who knows, the offseason could mark the end of Collison's 13-year career, as well. That run ended with an Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Atlanta Hawks, which means a chance for payback comes right away in their return.

"It's just once you get the feeling, you don't ever want to miss it again", Wall said. Against the Wizards, they only averaged six points in the paint.

Washington had a chance to clinch the franchise's first 50-win season since 1978-79 but instead chose to rest players down the stretch in order to ensure its best players would be healthy and ready to square off against a familiar foe.

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