Michael Cunningham: Tests for Hawks: First Lakers, now Luka

The Hawks might have beaten the Lakers on Monday night if they had all their Big Four. De’Andre Hunter has been so good in his second season that he belongs in that group with Trae Young, John Collins and Clint Capela. The Hawks could have used Hunter’s scoring punch against L.A., the NBA’s best defensive team. The Hawks still had a chance to beat the Lakers without Hunter (knee) or injured rotation players Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kris Dunn. They trailed by one point with 1:40 to go. Then LeBron James did his thing: made a 3-pointer, stripped the ball from Capela near the basket, outran the Hawk…

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