The Atlanta Hawks looked uncharacteristically porous in their last game.
Tuesday night provides a very good chance to bounce back as they travel to play the league-worst Washington Wizards, who have dropped 17 of 18 against the Hawks and already lost to them twice this season.
With a middle-of-the-road offense averaging 97.0 points, Atlanta (14-7) has relied on consistent defense en route to the Eastern Conference's third-best record. The Hawks lead the East in turnovers forced (17.0 per game), and their average of 94.1 points allowed ranks among the league's top 10.
They had season worsts in both categories Saturday, forcing 11 turnovers in a 115-93 home loss to Golden State. It was the sixth time in 21 games they have given up triple digits in points.
"That was probably one of our worst games all year from the standpoint of just our energy," said coach Larry Drew, who was called for his technical foul of the season.
The Hawks didn't have the firepower to compensate for such a...