This certainly wasn't the start that the Atlanta Hawks were hoping for to begin the second half of the season. Atlanta trails Golden State 48-38 at halftime after getting outworked on the glass and settling for jump shots on the offensive end of the floor.
Prior to the game, Mark Jackson inserted Dominic McGuire into the starting lineup with the hope that his added length would give Atlanta some trouble. McGuire didn't score in the first half but grabbed 11 rebounds to help pace the Warriors to a 33-18 advantage on the glass. David Lee leads the Warriors with 12 points and seven rebounds while Monta Ellis added nine points to go along with seven assists. Ekpe Udoh came off the bench to score eight points and grab five rebounds.
Its been one and done for the Hawks at the offensive end after falling into the trap of settling for long jump shots. Atlanta is 15-46 from the field in the first half and just 2-12 from three-point range. Jeff Teague and Marvin Williams lead the way with eight points while Joe Johnson and Zaza Pachulia each have six. Johnson is just 1-8 from the field in his return to the lineup.
If Atlanta is going to turn things around in the second half then they are going to have to find a way to keep the Warriors off the glass and to find some offense going to the basket.
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