“I know what Lou likes,” said Gallinari, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds. “He knows what I like.”
2. Hawks coach Nate McMillan said in his pre-game interview that the result wouldn’t come down to Trae Young vs. Steph Curry. “It’s about Golden State and Atlanta playing tonight,” he said.
The Hawks’ interim coach was right but probably not in the way he hoped. Curry carried the Warriors with 37 points. Young struggled, scoring just 13 points. He missed each of his four 3-point attempts and had just two points in the third quarter. Capela took the lead role for the Hawks, scoring 17 points in the first half and seven in the second. Young didn’t play for most of the fourth quarter.
On defense, McMillan tasked Young with guarding Curry at halftime since Kevin Huerter had trouble stopping the former Most Valuable Player. The coach wanted more aggressive defending without the fouls. Guard Tony Snell eventually took over Young’s job.
“(Curry) pretty much did whatever he wanted in that first half,” McMillan said. “They were pretty much beating us at every position. Every guy was having a night.”
3. Sunday’s game marked the return of several key players for both the Hawks and Warriors. Young returned from left knee soreness. Gallinari sat out Atlanta’s win over New Orleans on Friday but played Sunday, adding 25 points off the bench. Golden State stars Curry and Draymond Green had 37 and 11 points, respectively. They missed the Warriors’ most lopsided loss since 1972 on Friday against the Raptors.
4. Although Young and Gallinari returned Sunday, injuries are still a problem for the Hawks. John Collins (sprained ankle), Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery), De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) will continue to miss playing time. Six days ago, Atlanta relied on Collins’ 38 points to defeat Golden State 124-108 out West. McMillan’s squad couldn’t do that Sunday, as the power forward sat out because of the injury he suffered against the Suns on March 30. He won’t play through at least Wednesday.
5. The Hawks made 35-of-45 free throws attempts. That amounted to a mark of 77.8%. The gluttony of free throw attempts was the result of an aggressive strategy, McMillan said after the game.
“We want to attack the basket, advance the ball,” McMillan said. “45 free throws — I think a lot of those came late because they had to foul, but we want to be the aggressors. That showed tonight with us getting to the free-throw line 45 times.”
Stat of the game
84 (the combined number of minutes for bench players Williams, Gallinari and Snell)
Star of the game
Clint Capela (24 points, 18 rebounds)
“This is how you build a great team. Whenever the (bench) guys come in, they know what they have to do on the court,” Capela said.