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Wizards up against a wall

The Wizards are 10-39 during John Wall's 5-year career when he misses a game (all in the regular season). Most of that came during the 2012-13 season when the Wizards were 5-28 without Wall and 24-25 with him. (via ESPN Stats & Info)

Hawks capitalizing on Wizards' errors

Washington is struggling to keep their hands on the ball. The Wizards have 7 turnovers (4 from steals) that have resulted in 8 Atlanta points. The Hawks are up by 9 midway through the second. Follow live

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Hawks had 9 transition points in the 1st quarter. They averaged 16.9 per game during regular season (14th in NBA), and 20.6 in postseason.

Sharing is caring for the Hawks.

The only Hawk yet to score that's entered the game is Mike Muscala (1 minute played). That may explain why Atlanta has an 8-point lead after the first. Follow live

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Russillo @ryenarussillo

I realize everything is different w/o Wall, but don't understand the Gortat/Nene pairing going this deep to start these two games.

Shot creation a problem for Wizards

The Hawks are typically a ball sharing offense. The proof through the first quarter is 9 assists on 10 made baskets. Conversely, Washington only has 2 assists on 6 made shots. Follow live

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Wall averages 17.4 pts, 12.6 ast, 4.6 reb,1.4 blk. He has 4 straight double-doubles. More than that, how do Wiz replace his speed/vision?

Early turnovers for Washington

No John Wall means no comfort for the Wizards' primary ball-handler. Washington has turned the ball over 3 times midway through the first (leading to 4 points) and trail the Hawks by 6. Follow live

Wizards' precedent in postseason play

The Wizards are the first team seeded 5 or lower to win their first 5 playoff games since seeding became official in 1984. Can they make it six in a row with a Game 2 win over the Hawks? Follow live

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The Wizards have shot more than 10 percentage points better with John Wall on the court than off the court in the playoffs. (49.2% to 38.3%)

Wiz held strong without Wall in Game 1

The Hawks were unable to make the most of Wall's time on the bench. Wall sat for 9 minutes in Game 1, and in that time the Wizards outscored the Hawks 16-4. Atlanta made just 2-of-13 shots during that stretch.

Hawks' Carroll on a 'Nique-like streak

DeMarre Carroll has scored at least 20 points in 5 straight playoff games. He's the first Hawk with such a stretch since Atlanta legend Dominique Wilkins. (via NBA.com/Stats)

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In over 1,100 minutes that John Wall was off the floor during regular season, Wizards were outscored by 7.2 points per 100 possessions

Wall a late scratch for Game 2

John Wall's injured left wrist will keep him on the bench against the Hawks. Wizards coach Randy Wittman originally said Wall would play, but the swelling Wall experienced proved to be too much. X-rays negative

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Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

John Wall is now INACTIVE due to left wrist. He returned to locker room after warming up on court. Hand still looked swollen

Wizards with tremendous opportunity

Should the Wizards win tonight, it would be the first time in franchise history that they opened a postseason with six straight victories. But the Hawks have not lost consecutive home games at any point this season. Game 2 tips at 8 p.m. ET.

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Blatt tries to take pressure off LeBron

Cavs coach David Blatt said Tuesday, "It's not fair to put everything on one guy. Teams win and lose games and everyone has to give a little bit more." But James pulled the responsibility for Cleveland's Game 1 loss right back on his shoulders. 'Can't go down 0-2'

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McHale: 'We did not play well' in Game 1

“If I had all the answers -- again, I’ve said it a million times -- I would run Wall Street and I wouldn’t talk to you chumps. I’m out there trying to get our guys to play. ... If I knew how to get them out of it you wouldn’t think I would give them the elixir?” Rockets look to regroup

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