NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 16th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (37-44) at Milwaukee Bucks (15-66), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks are headed to the playoffs, but before
the postseason begins, they must visit the Bradley Center to take on the
The Hawks are going to the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, the
second-longest active streak in the NBA behind only the revered San Antonio
Atlanta is locked into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and will face
the Indiana Pacers.
The Hawks got into the postseason by virtue of a 13-point home victory over
the Miami Heat on Saturday. That gave them a three-game winning streak, but
that run crashed to a halt Monday night thanks to a buzzer-beater loss at home
to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Chris Douglas-Roberts' floater at the horn lifted the Charlotte Bobcats to a
Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll all sat out for the Hawks to
rest for the upcoming playoffs.
Mike Scott paced Atlanta with 20 points, while Lou Williams and Shelvin Mack
each netted 13 in the setback.
"Every time you go out there and compete you always feel like you can win,"
said Mack. "Especially the way we were playing early on. But we had some bad
moments down the stretch that kind of led to them being able to get on a run
and get going."
Jeff Teague, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, tallied 11
points with five assists for the Hawks.
The Bucks will thankfully wrap up this horrendous regular season. They will
finish with the worst record in the league and have the most ping-pong balls
for the NBA Draft Lottery on May 20.
Milwaukee has lost two in a row, both on the road. On Monday, the Bucks fell
to the Toronto Raptors, 110-100, as the Raptors even sat out leading scorer
DeMar DeRozan despite being in a battle for the third seed in the Eastern
Ramon Sessions ended with 21 points and five assists for the Bucks, who have
lost 14 in a row on the road. Jeff Adrien and Brandon Knight added 19 and 18
points, respectively, with Adrien also pulling down nine rebounds.
"We fell behind, we tried to fight back," Milwaukee coach Larry Drew said. "We
got it under 10, but we just couldn't get over the hump."
The Hawks won both of this season's meetings and six in a row overall against
the Bucks. Atlanta has won three straight and four of its last five in
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