Wiz's Mahinmi out at least 2 games, calf strain

The Atlanta Hawks hope a return to their homecourt will provide the boost they need to overcome the odds and get back in their first-round playoff series.

After Game One, Millsap made a point of calling out what he considered overly aggressive play from the Wizards - "They were playing MMA (mixed martial arts)", he said. To us, it's 0-0.

That is a significant decision when the starting unit has been Atlanta's most played lineup and by far its worst from a performance standpoint over the first two playoff games. "We are still confident". We're supposed to win. He was 2/7 from beyond the arc, and as he said after the game, was really struggling to get his shot going. "We think we play small ball better than anybody in the league". Washington has held the Hawks to only 5/29 (17.2%) on catch-and-shoot opportunities overall, way below their 37.5% regular season mark. Will Mike Budenholzer make a lineup change in Game 3? Now the Hawks are fighting for their playoff lives, whether Paul Millsap wants to admit it or not. Nobody likes the result. But in the fourth quarter, Beal made six of his nine attempts, scoring 16 points and hitting two of three 3-point attempts. They committed three turnovers in the final five minutes, leading to a 16-4 run for Washington.

"We were a little stagnant on offense", Beal said. "We didn't execute. We let them play their style of game". "We don't care if he shoots the ball 30 times".

Atlanta must also find a way to slow Washington's guard tandem of Wall and Bradley Beal.

The Wizards won Game 2, but they did have some scares mainly due to their second unit's porous defense. In Game 1, Wall became the first player since 2011 to record 32 points and 14 assists in a playoff game, a feat accomplished only four times since 2000. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 31 games this season, all of them coming off the bench.

Notes: Ian Mahinmi (strained left calf) is out for at least the next two games, Brooks said Friday. Mahinmi has yet to play in the series.

But even in foul trouble, the Wizards' small lineup responded with an explosive fourth quarter, outscoring Atlanta 35-23. A fifth game, if needed, would return to Washington on April 26.

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