3. The Hawks missed both Young’s scoring and facilitating. Without him, they were held to a season-low 20 assists and a season-low 26% 3-point shooting (7 of 34). In four games, Young was averaging 26.8 points and 7.3 assists, shooting 50% from 3, or making 3.5 of 7 attempts per game, and that’s counting his appearance in the loss to Miami Tuesday, when he exited in the second quarter.
4. There were a few defensive breakdowns that gifted the Heat points, including more open 3’s than usual (Miami made 14 of 37 3-point shots, or 37.8%). A lot of it, Pierce said, came from miscommunications. Pierce on the breakdowns: “We just didn’t communicate well. We weren’t on the same page. We were really trying to focus on keeping the game in front of us and they were just able to get behind.”
5. After three losses in a row, with Young out injured, the Hawks could use a break to regroup. Fortunately, that’s exactly what their schedule lends them. They don’t play again until Nov. 5, when they host the Spurs, so the team gets a little time to collect itself, and Young gets some time to heal. Parker on getting a breather: “It can help us regroup. Get down and really learn from the mistakes and really get adjusted to each other. It’s real good that we have these couple of days off.”
By the numbers
40.9 (the Hawks’ field-goal percentage, their lowest of the season so far)
“It’s always helpful for any team if the bench can come in and bring some type of energy, whether it’s points or defensively getting stops. I think that’s what we did tonight.” (DeAndre’ Bembry on the Hawks’ bench contributing)