The Washington Wizards will be going for their sixth straight playoff victory and undeniable momentum in their series against the Atlanta Hawks when the two teams lace up for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Philips Arena on Tuesday night.
With guards John Wall (wrist) and Bradley Beal (ankle) declared physically fit and ready to go, the Wizards take the floor with perhaps the night’s biggest break already in tow.
Both were critical to Washington’s 104-98 Game 1 win, with Beal finishing with 28 points and seven rebounds and Wall with 17 points, 13 assists and seven boards. For the postseason, Beal is averaging 22 points and Wall is averaging 17 points and 13 assists.
Against the Hawks, the Wizard’s defense was just as crucial in keeping the top-seeded Eastern Conference champions at bay. Atlanta managed just 35 points and shot only 38 percent in the second half.
Coach Mike Budenholzer knows his men will need to quickly return to form if they stand any chance of keeping stride with the surging Wizards in Game 2, where the average price for Atlanta Hawks tickets is $72.03 with a get-in price of $18. Save the most possible during the trip to the game by finding Atlanta parking through ParkWhiz.com, which has gameday deals for Atlanta Hawks home playoff games.
On Sunday, DeMarre Carroll totaled 24 points and three rebounds for the Hawks, while Al Horford chipped in with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Millsap managed 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
But sharpshooters Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague never found their shooting eye. They combined to finish with just 24 points on nine-of-29 shooting, including just four-of-14 on threes.
“Our pace was better in the first half,” said Horford. “Maybe in the second half, we were just tired or whatever. I had a couple of tips that just came out. I couldn’t believe it. I think that was the key point of the game.”
Paul Pierce’s veteran presence has also been keen for the Wizards, with Pierce averaging 16 points and three rebounds. Against the Hawks, he finished with 19 points and three rebounds, while Marcin Gortat chipped in 12 points and 12 boards. Expect Washington Wizards tickets to be in high demand if they return to the Verizon Center with a 2-0 series lead.