No John Wall, no problem for the Wizards in Game 3 against the Hawks. Washington was in control by more than 20 and it was a run by the Atlanta bench — which had been unimpressive up to this point — that made it close in the end. Paul Pierce will be remembered for his heroics.
But can the Hawks tie it up Monday night, I tell Julie Donaldson in this latest PBT Extra.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Hawks just need to play to their strengths. I know Paul Millsap is banged up, but in 12 minutes in Game 3 the Hawks usual starting give — Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Millsap, and Al Horford — were a +7. That lineup has been strong all series, they just don’t lean on it. They need to now.