The Wizards were down by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter, came all the way back to tie the game and force OT, but in the end, Al Horford was just too much. The Wizards went on a 21-4 run at the end of regulation and had a two point lead before Wall was forced to foul Horford with five seconds left. Horford hit both free throws and the teams went to OT. In the overtime period, Trevor Booker singlehandedly kept the Wizards in the game. He scored the Wizards' last six points of the extra session including with just under two seconds to play to seemingly force double-OT. Once again it was Horford though, as he hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Hawks the win. The loss marked the eleventh consecutive time the Wizards have lost in Atlanta. Horford was the man of the night, scoring 34 points on 15/23 shooting, and added 15 boards. The Wizards fourth quarter run was impressive, and seemed like it might be enough, as they outscored the Hawks 25-15 in the fourth including that 21-4 run which saw them shoot 10/16 and hold the Hawks to 2/15 shooting over about a seven minute span. Trevor Booker had his best season of the campaign, going for 24 points on 12/19 shooting and 14 boards. Booker's double-double was one of three for the Wizards as Gortat had 12 points and 10 boards and Wall had 13 points and 11 assists. Otto Porter got his first NBA points, hitting a couple of jumpers. Martell Webster returned to the Wizards' lineup to score 15 points. The Wizards have now lost three in a row after getting to .500 and have the Clippers in town on Saturday night. - Jacob Raim
Back at Phillips Arena for a pregame update as we get ready for tonight's #WizHawks clash.
Who's in, who's out?
Martell Webster will be back in the lineup tonight and is expected to return to his starting role alongside Trevor Ariza, John Wall, Trevor Booker, and Marcin Gortat.
As you can see that Trevor Booker is expected to start, which means Nene will be out tonight as he continues to battle tendinitis in his foot. Bradley Beal had two good days of practice, but he'll also be held out tonight as he is coming off a stress injury in his right fibula. There isn't an exact timetable for Beal's return, but if his leg continues to respond well to his workouts and through practices and he doesn't feel any stress related pain in that right leg, he should be back in the near future.
As mentioned in the shootaround blog, tonight is a great barometer to see where the Wizards stand against a tough Atlanta Hawks team. The Hawks are 7-4 here at Phillips Arena, while the Wizards are 3-7 on the road. If the Wizards want to take that next leap, they'll need to start learning how to win these kind of games on the road.
For Atlanta, they will have two key guys back who missed the last #WizHawks game in DC; Kyle Korver and Lou Williams. Korver may be the NBA's most lethal three-point shooter and has made at least one three-pointer in 91 consecutive games, an NBA record. Williams is a scorer who will come off the bench and provide a spark to this Hawks team.
Having those two back make the Hawks an even more dangerous team than the one the Wizards beat, 108-101, two weeks ago at Verizon Center.
The Hawks also present a tough frontcourt in the likes of Paul Millsap and Al Horford. These two may be as good as it gets in the Eastern Conference and Millsap has been on fire of late. He's averaging 20.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game over the Hawks last five games. And it hasn't just been in the post. He's shooting 50% (12/24) from 3-point range, which is what makes him so difficult to defend.
Besides that, watch for the John Wall-Jeff Teague matchup in the backcourt. Wall go the better of him in the first contest, but Teague is capable of carrying this Hawks team on any night. Read more about their matchup in the official Game Preview.
The Live Chat begins at 7:30pm from Phillips Arena. See you there.
Hello from Atlanta.
Checking in from shootaround here at Phillips Arena, where the Wizards will take on the Hawks later tonight.
This will be a good barometer for the Wiz as they go up against a team in a similar position in the Eastern Conference. After winning seven of nine, the Wizards are coming off back-to-back home losses against the Bucks and Nuggets and will look to start a new streak on the road here in Atlanta.
Martell Webster did take part in today's morning shootaround, but Bradley Beal and Nene were held out. Webster should be a go tonight and back in the starting lineup, but Beal and Nene are unlikely to be available.
I'll check back in with more on the game later in the day... Until then, enjoy this:
Wall's Night at TNT
Last night, John Wall was invited to the TNT & NBATV studios and was a guest on each of their shows. We'll have a behind-the-scenes video from the event, but in case you missed the segments here they are: