2. Young (15 points, 13 assists, 2-3 FT) has voiced his frustration with the new rules/interpretations, and did so again after Thursday’s loss, though he did say he agrees with shooters not being allowed to jump/veer into defenders anymore. His main issue is when a player is knocked off balance when driving in the lane: “That’s why, especially a smaller guy like me who’s going up against bigger, stronger defenders, they’re using their body and they’re using their legs and their hands to stop me. I know they’re looking for guys getting knocked off-balance, so if I’m going straight and I get my balance knocked off, that’s a foul.”
3. Lack of offense wasn’t the problem for the Hawks — they shot 54.5% from the field and had 68 points in the paint. Ultimately, defense was the main issue. Even as they ate into the deficit in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t consistently get stops, with four Wizards players finishing with 20-plus points despite not having Spencer Dinwiddie (rest): Bradley Beal (27), Montrezl Harrell (25), Kyle Kuzma (21) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (21). The Wizards also grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, to the Hawks’ six.
4. Cam Reddish had a strong showing off the bench, helping the Hawks get back in the game in the fourth quarter, at one point whittling it down to a five-point deficit. Reddish finished with 20 points (8-14 FG) and was a bright spot for Atlanta, amid a tough game.
5. Collins led the Hawks in scoring with 28 points (14-16 FG) and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, continuing his strong shooting start to the season.
Wizards 122, Hawks 111 (box score)
Stat of the game: 4 (the amount of technical fouls the Hawks piled up, as frustration bubbled up for Atlanta)
Star of the game: Beal (led Washington in scoring with 27 points, adding eight assists and eight rebounds)
Quotable: “The other part is just us being more poised. We’ve got to understand who we are in the moment of the game and really take into consideration how we want to win and can’t have stupid mistakes like giving them free points.” (Collins on the Hawks needing to stay focused despite calls not going their way)