Wizards, Celtics back on top in East playoffs

Rick and John welcome Hawks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. talking leadership and Wizards.

Wizards are seeking to become the first road team to win a game this series. From there, quality team defense held the Hawks scoreless over the final seconds of the game to seal the Wizards victory. Still, given they are the eighth seed and what their season was looking like much of the way, being even in this series after four games is an accomplishment. Otto Porter started a 19-9 run with back-to-back 3-pointers. Schroder followed with a 3-pointer, giving the Hawks a 103-93 lead with 4½ minutes to go.

Star guards led the way once again for the Washington Wizards. Dennis Schroder had 18 points, all in the second half. This time Washington's bench showed up, outscoring Atlanta's 25-14. But the guess here is that they'll take Game 5 and then Game 6 and be done with Round 1. Game 5 will be played Wednesday at Washington.

For the first time in the series, they've started sending double teams from the baseline to help Morris, but he still spent most of the second half on the bench with foul trouble. That means either Porter or Bogdanovic will have to play the backup power forward position. He managed to score 17 points by going to the charity stripe and hitting his free throws. The Celtics only had six turnovers, leading to four Bulls points. Many predicted that Washington was going to win this best-of-seven series over Atlanta easily for one main reason: Wall is an animal at the point and Atlanta's starting point guard Dennis Schroder isn't in Wall class as a floor general. The two teams shot similarly (42 percent for Washington and 44 percent for Atlanta). They're definitely going to come out and be loud.

-Schroder became the first Hawks player with 25+ PTS and 10+ AST in a playoff game since Pete Maravich did it on April 4, 1973.

Dwight Howard and Millsap both had three fouls at the half. No Wizards player has attempted more post-ups than Wall's three, a sign that Howard's presence at the rim has discouraged Marcin Gortat and Morris from isolating around the basket.

The Wizards, in fact, took pride in their final defensive stand. Somehow, it was a fitting end to a game where the Hawks went away from what they do best and put their fortune into the hands of their backcourt. Schroder was easily Atlanta's best player, scoring 29 points on 10-for-18 shooting and dishing 11 assists.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 30 points and nine rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and Greg Monroe had 11. It's nearly impossible to get less involved and shoot each time ball find you. He's averaging 24.4 points, 7.2 assists and one steal per game in the series.

The Atlanta Hawks picked up veteran point guard Jose Calderon in March as playoff insurance. But Philips Arena is hardly a stronghold.

The fact that he is able to go toe to toe with one of the league's elite guards in John Wall has to give fans in Atlanta hope for the future. It was more than enough to earn them a seat in the playoffs. The over/under total for the game is listed at 212.5 points.

As this is the playoffs, I don't think we'll see the rookie, Daniel Ochefu. "He brings physicality to the game - they both do".

That isn't to underscore Beal's outstanding performance in Game 4.

It was a good Hawks team in the 1978-79 season. "For us to end the game with the best scrambling defense we had, we got to translate that on to the other 48 minutes of the game". I've got confidence in him, how he plays.

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