A capital performance from Clint Capela proved insufficient for Atlanta on Saturday in the NBA.
The Hawks lost 112-106 in Portland despite having 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks from their Geneva hub, suffering a sixth loss in their last seven outings.
Winners of four of their first five games, the Hawks are stalling. The injury absences of Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic are not unrelated to this bad patch. Atlanta has moreover had to compose Saturday without Cam Reddish, leading scorer of his team the day before against the Jazz (loss 116-92).
Young Atlanta star Trae Young certainly shone, scoring 26 points and 11 assists. But the leader of the Hawks was also the author of an offensive foul which caused the loss of his team 15 “from the” buzzer “, at 108-106. Damian Lillard (36 points) then ensured Portland’s victory in the free throw.
Clint Capela, who was 19 points at half-time, has nothing to be ashamed of at the end of this match. The Meyrinois was the best rebounder of his team as in his previous nine appearances. He’s averaging 12.7 rebounds per game, making him the fourth-best rebounder in the league.