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Four Adjustments For Hawks Going Into Game 2

21 April 2017

Wall scored 32 points and Beal had 16 of his 31 in the fourth quarter as the Wizards outdueled the Hawks 109-101 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Harden, who along with Westbrook is a front-runner for MVP, went to the bench after that and both teams cleared their benches soon after that.

John Wall: This team rises and falls with Wall.

Plays like this have no place in playoff basketball, and can be avoided by taking just an extra second to think.

"This is my house", Wall said about the play. When they're at their best, they are good at causing mayhem on defense. And that came after shooting just 9 for 21 in Game 1.

In the third quarter Sunday, the Wizards did that to the Hawks. They won home-court advantage and they got this first game.

"So, that's a great feeling when your PG [point guard] has that confidence in you", Beal said.

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Budenholzer said the starting lineup will remain unchanged for Game 2, although he will consider changes as the series progresses if it becomes necessary.

All that scrambling inside could create more tension like Sunday's altercation. This series, which will put him up against John Wall on both ends, will be something of a baptism by playoff fire for the young guard.

Shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha who missed the Game 1 may play in Game 2.

ESPN cited a source close to the player as saying he expected to play on Sunday night, but other reports indicated that could be a game-time decision.

Paul Millsap: Millsap is the top-20 National Basketball Association player you never think of when you're listing the top 20 National Basketball Association players. Kent Bazemore's nightmare season continued, tonight committing four key turnovers as the primary ball handler. He's not the best big man in the league like he used to be, and he's also not the seriously inconsistent potential locker room cancer he was at times during his stint with the Rockets.

Just days after Hawks forward Paul Millsap compared the Wizards physical style in Game 1 to mixed martial arts, 55 total fouls were called and 71 free throw attempted in a brutal contest.

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Morris and Millsap had a heated exchange after a jump ball in the first half.

The Washington Wizards can take full control of this series by winning here and going up 3-0.

The third quarter, unequivocally, was better for the Hawks and it began with Washington's trio of Markieff Morris, Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre picking up a fourth foul each within the first four minutes.

The veteran guard, acquired by Washington last month, hit back-to-back jumpers and fed Jason Smith for a tying dunk during a 70-second flurry. Hardaway, though, is the player who can change this series. The Wizards excelled in all aspects of the game, especially defensively.

"I thought those 4-5 minutes that he was out there, he was active on the defensive end and then did a good job of getting himself some shots", Brooks said, before adding, "It's good for him to make a couple of shots". "We had to take the challenge".

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