Confident after winning Game Three, the Hawks, buoyed by the return of Clint Capella in the Big Five, are aiming for a second straight home victory, to equalize and completely restart the series.
Unsurprisingly, these hawks, who are goal focused and earnest, are the ones who make the best start. Driven by a fiery De’Andre Hunter (11 points), Nate McMillan’s men signed a convincing first quarter. In contrast, the Heat suffers (8/25 in shots)…but only a small point behind at the end of the first quarter (26-25).
Then Pushing force It changes very quickly in the second quarter. Because after a big start allowing them to make their first break at +8 (37-29), the Hawks suddenly collapse in attack. Faced with Miami’s ever-increasing defense, there were no more shots left. Atlanta scored just 15 points this quarter, while the Heat, on the other hand, found solutions and stuck 26-4 to the home defense to wrap up the first half! But in poor shape at the start of the match, the Heat were finally ahead in the first half (56-41).
The Falcons surprised her with this card before the end of the first half “No Attend” after play resumed. Entirely boisterous in defense, predictable and lacking creativity in attack, the residents of State Farm Arena are surprised to see that they no longer have light on all decks. The gap swells severely in the final chapter, up to +26, and chants of “Let’s Go Heat” descend even from the stands.
After the tempting third match, which foreshadowed the boiling fourth inning, the Falcons took a very cold bath. After being slapped at home, they are now back at the wall, on the verge of elimination before heading back to Miami for Game Five, possibly the last of their season.
What to remember
– A second quarter is a killer for hawks. Despite a good start, the Hawks were disappointed in the second quarter. In those 12 minutes before the break, they scored just 15 points, 5/22 on shots, while the Heat went up on the gas and went up by 15 points. A break in their tracks before this second quarter missed the big show, the Hawks never recovered from it and missed the second half.
– The Heat team found the solution once again against Trae Young. As in the first game, Miami ousted Atlanta by focusing its defensive efforts on its captain. Bound by a physical defense, Trae Young landed a poor performer, 9 points on 3/11, and the Hawks sank as a result. So good in games 2 and 3, “Ice Trae” still broke his teeth on the Heat’s concrete defense.
Tops / swings
✅ Jimmy Butler. In Kyle Lowry’s absence, the Heat winger doubled down on his efforts and signed XXL’s performance, satisfactory across all sectors: 36 points (12/21), 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Unhappy with the previous game because the Heat missed a 16-point lead, Jimmy Buckets was careful not to leave any chance whatsoever for his opponents in Game 4. It’s clear that the job has been accomplished with great success.
✅ DeAndre Hunter. A positive draw from the Hawks’ evening is difficult, with the clear exception of the performance of the young winger who cruised with 24 points, 9/13 in shots. Unfortunately for him, his teammates weren’t inspired.
✅ Heat defense. After a warm-up period in the first quarter, Miami knocked out the barbed wire starting in the second quarter, and the game is practically over from that moment on: 41 points received in the first half (33% in shots for the Falcons), 45 in the second half (by 48%, but Counting “neglected time”), Trae Young set 9 points, and only one player scored above 20 points. In short, the Heat did what the Heat did best, which was to stifle their opponents in defense.
⛔️ hawk blurred. Far from calculating in attack, Atlanta complicated life by losing 15 balloons, turning it into 25 points by the Heat. Alone, Trae Young has 5 out of 15 ball losses… Impossible for the Hawks, under the circumstances, to be up against the Heat who penalizes every foul.
Fifth game: In Miami, from Tuesday night to Wednesday, one o’clock in the morning.