S. Mack (ATL): 12 pts, 12 ast (Yes, Shelvin Mack was the Key Performer)
C.Anthony (NYK): 23 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]
This was one of the best full games Atlanta has put together all season. New York has loved to chuck their threes the past few years, but the Hawks were ready for it. Watching the opponent go 10-30 from deep is improved for an Atlanta team that has been one of the bottom teams in the league from downtown. Offensively, seemingly everyone on the Hawks hit an extra gear scoring tonight. There were eight Hawks in double digit-points, and they all did it efficiently. 56.4% from the field and 40.9% from three are marks that are enviable by every other team in the league, and the ball movement was just as crisp.
There was only one real glaring negative. The Knicks had 19 offensive rebounds. On most nights you can’t allow for the opponent to have that many second chances and still expect a victory. The Knicks had twelve more field goal attempts with only one more free throw, but it ended up not being too important to the game with how Atlanta dominate offensively and defensively.
Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]
Al Horford: Al’s statline doesn’t come off as strong, but there are some contextual things behind that. Andrea Bargnani is to blame for the poor defensive rebounding numbers. Al was pulled away from the hoop more often than he would be against many other teams, and the Hawks effort on the glass as a whole suffered. Scoring wise, the points total isn’t high, but the team really didn’t need him to shoot more. With how everyone scored the ball, Al picked his spots and remained efficient. It was actually a sneaking good night from Al when considering he went 6-10 from the field and some solid defensive moments. 7/10
Jeff Teague: Jeff Teague looks pretty comfortable scoring the ball lately, huh? 5-9 from the field and 10 free throw attempts is the perfect recipe for an efficient night from the point guard. Defensively, Jeff was pretty good. The backdoor cut by Felton stands out as a moment that Teague was caught sleeping, but he kept moments like that to a minimum. Also, I wouldn’t worry about the assist numbers tonight. Some early feeds to Korver that normally go in didn’t and Jeff moved off the ball when he was playing with Shelvin. 7/10
Paul Millsap: Thirteen rebounds doesn’t tell the whole story of Millsap’s night on the glass. He looked amiss with Al Horford away from the hoop, and Carmelo had 5 of the Knicks 19 offensive rebounds. For every ball Millsap secured, there seemed to be a time where he should have really hit a guy with a box-out to prevent a fresh 24 seconds for the Knicks. Long-term this shouldn’t be much of a concern however, as the Knicks are one of the few teams that will isolate Paul down low by stretching the spacing from the five. Scoring the ball, Paul was just as efficient as Jeff and Al. 6/10
DeMarre Carroll: Even on a night that he shot 50% from the field the box score doesn’t give the full effect of DeMarre Carroll’s game tonight. The big thing here is he guarded J.R. Smith on a night Smith went 3-18 from the field. J.R. had four shots in the paint. Carroll lulling Smith into shooting 14 jumpers was instrumental in the Hawks getting the win tonight. 8/10
Kyle Korver: The streak is now 83. One of the biggest storylines for this Hawks team — to me — is how awesome some of Korver’s misses have been early. There were two sets that Kyle had so much space to operate, and he just missed an easy shot. This isn’t a critique, as much as a feeling there could be a night where Korver — despite his more consistent approach — goes crazy with the kinds of attempts he is seeing. Outside of this tangent, another solid scoring night, a few rebounds, and a good effort defensively means another strong game from Kyle. 7/10 Continue Reading…