The Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks are two of the worst teams in the league right now and they are meeting up tonight to battle for bragging rights. This matchup will take place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks are trying to avoid an eleventh straight loss as the Warriors are hoping to avoid a third.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks have played each other a grand total of 310 times in the past as the Warriors won 161 games while the Hawks were kept to 149 victories.
Golden State Warriors:
-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Jacob Evans (abductor; 6.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Kevon Looney (neuropathy; 3.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-D’Angelo Russell (thumb; 24.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.7 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)
-Draymond Green (heel; 8.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5.6 APG, 40.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
-Damion Lee (G-League; 10.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 38.5 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (G-League)
-De’Andre Bembry (hip; 7.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, 51.6 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Kevin Huerter (shoulder; 9.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.7 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
-Cam Reddish (wrist; 7.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 28.7 FG%, 21.3 3P%)
-Chandler Parsons (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Charlie Brown (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-John Collins (suspension; 17.0 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 52.5 FG%, 47.4 3P%)
-Allen Crabbe (flu; 5.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 37.0 FG%, 24.2 3P%)
The game would be competitive in the first half as the Warriors shot forty percent from the field while the Hawks shot forty-nine percent. De’Andre Hunter scored 13 points which included a three-pointer right before halftime. He also had three rebounds while Trae Young helped out with 12 points. Young had two three-pointers while but shot only thirty-six percent from the field.
The second pick in the 2014 draft Jabari Parker had eight points to along with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block. Damian Jones chalked up four points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing off one assist. De’Andre Bembry was kept scoreless in the 11 minutes that he played. Cam Reddish played the most minutes off the bench but only had one point.
On the other end of the court, Eric Paschall put up 14 points while missing just two of his seven shots attempted. He also had six rebounds and four assists while Alec Burks earned himself ten points. Both Kevon Looney and Glenn Robinson were kept scoreless while Willie Cauley-Stein had two points. Ky Bowman played 16 minutes off the bench but only had four points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 49-40 lead.
The Georgia team would come out of the locker room with fire under them as they went on a 55-39 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field. Both Trae Young and Damian Jones combined for 24 points while Jabari Parker was kept scoreless. Bembry and Hunter had five points each while Reddish scored seven points in the 11 minutes he played off the bench.
As for the Golden State Warriors, Paschall added 10 more points to his scoring total. Bowman threw up six points as he played the most minutes off the bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Hawks blew the Warriors out, 104-79. Trae Young finished the game with 24 points, one rebound, and seven assists while Eric Paschall had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and a career-high six assists.
The Golden State Warriors will head to North Carolina to battle Devonte’ Graham (18.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.4 APG, 41.7 FG%, 41.3 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (8-13) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will see each other this season. November 2 was the last time they met up as the Hornets escaped with a 93-87 win. Dwayne Bacon finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Eric Paschall had 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
The Atlanta Hawks will host Spencer Dinwiddie (20.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.9 APG, 42.2 FG%, 32.5 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (10-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first of four times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.