Atlanta Hawks maintain their gas-footing in play-in win over Charlotte Hornets

ATLANTA Atlanta HawksCoach Nate McMillan was criticized by his coaching staff and some social media fans for leaving starters on court with less than five minutes remaining in Wednesday's 132-103 win over the Toronto Raptors. Charlotte Hornets.

“The coaches were screaming and shouting at me, ‘Get them out so we can get them a rest!'” McMillan smiled. “But it's now time to play. It's gametime. It's time to be prepared for Cleveland.

Atlanta will be the host. CavaliersFriday: The Eastern Conference playoffs will begin with the winner as the eighth seed, against No. 1 seed Miami.

If the Hawks can play with the same energy as Wednesday's third quarter, the team could be ready for the Eastern Conference finals. Milwaukee BucksThey were defeated in six games last season.

Hornets forward Miles BridgesAtlanta likes Atlanta's chance if they go forward De'Andre HunterThe center Clint CapelaThe anchors in defense scored as they did Wednesday.

Hunter scored 22 points, 16 of which were in the third quarter. Atlanta outscored Atlanta 42-24. Capela ended the game with 15 points and 17 rebounds. They also played only 30 minutes each in a game Atlanta had 26 points leading into the final quarter.

Bridges stated that if both of them are good at defense, they will be tough out. They did a fantastic job last year and that's what helped them get this far.

Hunter, in particular, gave the Hawks the boost they needed to be able to star guard. Trae YoungIt was hard to get on the field. Young attempted 3 field goals in the first period and was successful 8 times out of 24.

Hunter stated, “Me being aggressive helps this team score,”

Bridges was frustrated by Hunter's scoring and defense. He was dismissed with 6:39 left after complaining about a goal-tending decision. Bridges became so frustrated that he began to throw his mouthpiece at a female fan as he went toward the locker room.

He said, “I don't usually let my emotions get to me.” “It is unacceptable for me that I am in one of my biggest games and that happens.

It was due to the excellent play of Hunter and the Hawks on both sides that this frustration occurred. It was easy to see how they were playing together.

McMillan was able to appreciate the Hawks' aggressiveness, and they continued to display it with the huge lead.

“When we get the leader, we get like a coach.” [sometimes] says, passive,” Capela said. “We have to keep playing at the highest level.”

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