The Atlanta Hawks are looking for answers.
Against the weak team of the Miami Heat, their decline in the State Farm Arena continued and they lost 115: 91, which meant their ninth home loss in a row – a series that dates from November 22.
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The Heat, who were again without Jimmy Butler and Bama Adebayo, improved to 11-4 without their stellar duo in the line-up, complicating Atlanta’s misery when Tyler Herro recorded an almost triple-double with 21 points and 11 assists from the bench. and nine rebounds.
It was a brutal night at the end of an offensive for the Hawks, who shot only 37.8 percent (31 out of 82) from the field and 28.9 percent (13 out of 45) from the three-point line and after falling only five. half-time points (56-51), let the game slip with poor performance in the third quarter.
Miami started the third quarter with a 19-2 raid to increase its lead to 22 points, beating the Hawks 30-16 in that period with a 3-point influx and knocking down five of their 16 in the frame. Meanwhile, the Hawks went 0-of-6 from the depths in the quarter and shot only 5-of-18 from the field.
“We just weren’t able to keep, really, anything.” Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said so from their careless performance in the third quarter.
The Hawks on the way to the Eastern Conference finals underestimated this season and currently hold the fourth worst record in the East at 17:23, 3.0 games back since the last Play-In tournament.
In these nine home losses, the Hawks’ defenses were almost nil, 117.9 points per 100 possessions, which would be the last in the NBA this season.
They have scored four times more than 130 points in their last eight games, and although they have struggled for consistency in their lineup due to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, they have no excuses.
“I don’t know to be honest with you,” Trae Young said after losing to the LA Clippers on Sunday. “I feel like it’s been repeated since my early losses, you’re trying so hard to find a way to win, and that’s just not enough, and you just have to find a way.” It is difficult. I don’t know how to answer this question. I think it will stay between me and me.
“… We’re finally getting some guys back, but we have to win. For me, of course, it’s frustrating. I hate losses. That’s quite enough. I’m not the happiest in the world right now, but we have to find a way to win. “
Atlanta has now lost three in a row and lost nine of their last 12 games.
They get another chance at the Heat on Friday, when the two teams meet again in Miami, in front of a four-match home team against the Knicks, Bucks, Timberwolves and Heat.