The Washington Wizards are ridiculously good on the road come playoff time. In the past two seasons the Wizards are 8-1 coming into Game 2 at Atlanta. To give some semblance of how extraordinary that is, the Spurs have the next best record of 7-7 in the category over the same stretch.
But without their floor general, John Wall, who was a late scratch because of his swollen left wrist, the Wizards had to find help from other role players to step up. Although Ramon Sessions filled in admirably with a post season career high 21 points, the Hawks pulled away late to drop the Wizards 106-90.
Atlanta came out aggressive on both sides of the ball as they attacked the rim and trapped Wizards players. The Wizards started shooting the ball a cold 3 of 11 from the floor and had three turnovers. That allowed the Hawks to go on a seven-point run to take a 13-7 lead and force coach Randy Wittman to call an early timeout in yet another playoff game. With the Hawks running the pick and roll to perfection they started the game 10 of 18 from the field and had a comfortable 28-20 lead after the first quarter. [Read more…]