Game Thread: Hawks at Wizards

Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


March 22, 2017, 8 p.m., Verizon Center

Probable starters

Hawks (37-33)

Dennis Schroder

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Thabo Sefolosha

Ersan Ilyasova

Dwight Howard

Injury report: Out – Paul Millsap (left knee tightness), Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise), Probable – Mike Dunleavy (right ankle synovitis)

Inactives: Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore

Wizards (42-28)

John Wall

Bradley Beal

Otto Porter

Markieff Morris

Marcin Gortat

Injury report: None

Inactives: Sheldon McClellan, Chris McCullough

 Officials: Bill Kennedy, Eric Dalen, David Guthrie

From the Hawks

The Hawks are coming off a 105-90 road loss to the Hornets Monday, their fourth straight loss. … They have lost two straight to the Wizards and are 1-2 in the season series. … Tim Hardaway Jr. has a streak of 22 straight games with a 3-pointer. … Dwight Howard is tied for seventh in the NBA with 45 double-doubles this season.

From the Wizards

The Wizards are coming off a 110-102 road loss to the Celtics Monday, their second straight loss. … John Wall ranks second in the NBA in assists (10.9) and third in steals (2.0) per game. … Otto Porter ranks second in the league in 3-point percentage (.445). … They are 26-12 since Jan. 1, second most wins in NBA behind the Warriors.

TV; Radio: ESPN, FSSE; 92.9 FM

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green machine
green machine

obviously we need to find a way to win this game tonight.  however i think everyone on the boards will agree--the hawks need to finish in the 6th or 7th spot in the eastern conference.  while neither spot gives you the benefit of home court--both of those spots keeps you away from a second round date with the cavs.  while i don't see us beating anyone in the first round right now--i feel like if we can right the ship before the playoffs get started--the hawks would have a shot at knocking off boston or washington in a first round playoff series.

if they end up seventh--that would pit you with the celtics in round one.  that's not a team that would just wipe the court with us!  say the hawks pull the upset than they would likely play the wizards in round 2--much easier than the LeBrons.  and then--i know i'm dreaming--that would put us into the conference finals against cavs unless they get knocked out.  definitely a better spot than the 4/5 or 8th slot.

so maybe this losing and lackluster play by the hawks of late is them tanking for the 6th or 7th slot in the playoff race.  well i had to try my best to find a silver lining.