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Frustration grows in Atlanta as Hawks abandon game ninth in a row at home

The Atlanta Hawks are looking for answers.

Against a shorthanded Miami Heat team, their slump continued at State Farm Arena, losing 115-91, marking their ninth straight loss at home – a streak stretching back to November 22.

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The Heat, who were again without Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, improved to 11-4 without their star duo in the lineup, compounding misery in Atlanta with Tyler Herro pouring a near triple-double off the bench with 21 points , 11 assists and nine rebounds.

It was a brutal night on the offensive end for the Hawks, who shot just 37.8% (31-of-82) from the field and 28.9% (13-of-45) from the 3-point line and after trailing by only five points at halftime (56-51), they let the match slip away with a poor performance in the third quarter.

Miami started the third quarter on a 19-2 run to increase their lead to 22 points, passing the Hawks 30-16 in the period thanks to a 3-point shoot-off, knocking down five of their 16s in the frame. Meanwhile, the Hawks went 0 of 6 from the deepest part of the quarter and only shot 5 of 18 from the field.

Frustration grows in Atlanta as Hawks abandon game ninth in a row at home
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“We just weren’t able to support, really, anything” Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said of their sloppy performance in the third quarter.

After a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Hawks have been disappointing this season, currently holding the fourth worst record in the East at 17-23, 3.0 games behind the tournament final seed. Play-In.

In those nine losses at home, the Hawks’ defense has been almost non-existent, dropping 117.9 points per 100 possessions, who would rank last in the NBA this season.

In their last eight games, they’ve allowed over 130 points on four occasions and although they’ve struggled for consistency in their roster due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, they find no excuse.

“I don’t know, to be honest with you,” Trae Young said after Sunday’s loss to the LA Clippers. “I feel like it’s getting repetitive from my first losing years, you’re trying so hard to find a way to win and it’s just not enough, and you just have to find a way. It’s hard. I don’t know how to answer this question. I think it stays between me and me.

“… We’re finally getting some guys back, but we have to win.” For me, I mean obviously it’s frustrating. I hate to lose. That is just about everything. I’m not the happiest guy in the world right now, but we have to find a way to win.

Atlanta has now lost three games in a row and lost nine of its last 12 games.

They’ll have another chance at the Heat on Friday when the two teams meet again in Miami, before a four-game home game against the Knicks, Bucks, Timberwolves and Heat again.

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