ATLANTA -- The momentum isn't gone for the Wizards if they can go home and hold serve against the Atlanta Hawks in their Eastern Conference semifinal series tied at 1, but they might have to do it without John Wall. They lost 106-90 on Tuesday but despite the final score this contest was close until the waning minutes:
- The Hawks mixed up their coverages every quarter, whether it was trapping Bradley Beal and Ramon Sessions. They switched on every pick-and-roll. Drew Gooden admitted that they weren't able to handle it and panicked without Wall (left wrist) on the floor to direct traffic.
- Beal was shaky with running offense at first, overdribbling not moving the ball in the first half, but when he got into a groove he created for teammates with seven assists. He kept his dribble alive in traffic and didn't settle for jumpers when he had mismatches. It's easy to forget that Beal's status was questionable coming in because he left the court in tears in Game 1 with a right ankle sprain.
- Nene is 0-for-9 shooting in this series and only has two points, both on free throws. He's out of rhythm in this series. A switch with the starting lineup is unlikely to happen at this stage but coach Randy Wittman have have to give him the hook quicker when he gets out to a bad start. The playoffs are about matchups and the Hawks are a difficult one for him.
- Otto Porter continues to fill the stat sheet. He had 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in 31 minutes off the bench.
- Jeff Teague has been limited to being a distributor and not a scorer. He was 3 of 12 in Game 2 for nine points. Kyle Korver was 4 of 11 from three-point range with one of them coming when the outcome had grown out of reach late in the fourth quarter. The Wizards have scouted him well. When a player runs at Korver and he puts the ball on the floor, he shifts left or right on the arc. He never dribbles inside it for a mid-range which makes him a lot easier cover.