|Nate McMillan||Head Coach||Erik Spoelstra|
|43-39 (9th in East)||Standing||53-29 (1st in East)|
|116.5 (2nd of 30)||Off Rtg||113.7 (10th of 30)|
|114.9 (26th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.1 (5th of 30)|
|97.7 (20th of 30)||Pace||95.9 (28th of 30)|
|D. Hunter (17.8)||PPG||J. Butler (30.5)|
|C. Capela (7.0)||RPG||J. Butler (7.8)|
|T. Young (6.0)||APG||J. Butler (5.3)|
|D. Wright (1.0)||SPG||J. Butler (2.8)|
|O. Okongwu (1.0)||BPG||J. Butler (0.5)|
|O. Okongwu (.636)/D. Hunter (6.0)||FG%/FGM||D. Robinson (.733)/J. Butler (11.0)|
|J. Collins (.500)/D. Hunter (2.3)||3P%/3PM||D. Robinson (.714)/M. Strus (3.3)|
|Lou Williams||Atlanta Hawks||25 Apr 2022||Day to Day (Back)||Williams was OUT for Atlanta’s Sunday (Apr 24) game.|
|Kyle Lowry||Miami Heat||25 Apr 2022||Out (Hamstring)||Lowry was OUT for Miami’s Tuesday (Apr 26) game.|
|Caleb Martin||Miami Heat||25 Apr 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||Martin was QUESTIONABLE for Miami’s Tuesday (Apr 26) game.|
|P.J. Tucker||Miami Heat||25 Apr 2022||Day to Day (Calf)||Tucker was QUESTIONABLE for Miami’s Tuesday (Apr 26) game.|
|Gabe Vincent||Miami Heat||25 Apr 2022||Day to Day (Toe)||Vincent was QUESTIONABLE for Miami’s Tuesday (Apr 26) game.|
The Atlanta Hawks continue to struggle against the Heat’s persistent defence. If they can’t find a way to convert on their shots from three in Game 5, it’ll be curtains for Atlanta’s playoff aspirations.
Through 4 games, the Hawks have been held quiet from the three-point line. Struggling to create good opportunities, Atlanta are shooting just 32.7% deep, and are generating just 19.5 assists per game.
The pressure on Trae Young has become an issue for the Hawks, so someone on Atlanta will need to step up and lead the playmaking effort when he’s struggling. The more they can open up the Heat’s defence with the passing, the more good shot attempts they can create.
Trae Young has PJ Tucker on him then Bam Adebayo switched on him….then Jimmy Butler switched on him. Trae is in HELL ?? pic.twitter.com/w2Qdb1NvOW
— the shape (@raisedharmony) April 25, 2022
It’s a do-or-die game for the Atlanta Hawks, meaning they’ll need some excellent production from Trae Young. Miami has contained the Hawks All-Star to this point in the series, which has stifled Atlanta’s offence.
Young’s 2022 first-round production has been forgettable to say the least. The young point guard is averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 assists in 36.3 minutes per game, but is converting on just 35.1% from the field and 21.2% from three.
With the Heat pressuring Young from every position on the court, he’s struggled to find his shot. An excellent playmaker, Young needs to find his stroke if he hopes to be able to create for his teammates.
All things considered, the Heat haven’t been electrifying on the offensive end despite their 3-1 series lead. It is their offensive efficiency, combined with their defensive pressure, that has stifled the Hawks.
Through 4 games, the Heat have played excellent basketball. While they’ve won by an average of 14.2 points per game, it has been their excellent defence that has helped them to their success. Miami aren’t forcing a ton of turnovers, just over 15.0 per game, but the switchability of their defence has caused Atlanta nightmares.
One more strong defensive stand and the Heat can punch their ticket to the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. Atlanta are sure to come out hot, so how Miami control the first quarter should be telling of their success.
Watch some of the Heat’s best defensive plays from game 1
But don’t watch the plays
Just watch Bam Adebayo
In. Every. Single. Clip. pic.twitter.com/TIxqT2xSBM
— Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305) April 18, 2022
The Miami Heat have been dominating this series, but they are yet to find optimal production from star center Bam Adebayo. If they want to close out the Hawks, Adebayo needs to control the paint.
Through 4 games, Adebayo has averaged 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. He’s struggled to finish against Atlanta’s big men though, shooting just 48.4% from the field on 7.8 attempts per game.
Adebayo has struggled to finish against his counterpart Capela through this series. Not a shooter, Adebayo needs to support his team in scoring in some way. If he can’t contribute in the points column, his defence must make up for it.
|Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat Information|
|Who||Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat|
|Where||FTX Arena, Miami, Florida|
|When||Tuesday, 7:00 PM EST, April 26th, 2022|
|How to Watch||NBA TV|
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