RECAP: Raptors 96, Hawks 86

Chris Barnewall —  March 23, 2014


TOR(39-30) 96 – 86 (31-37)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 17 pts, 8 reb, 3 stl
K. Lowry (TOR): 25 pts, 4 ast, 4 stl

That was…well it was a matinee game for sure. The Hawks started off looking like the better team jumping out to a very quick lead. Then towards the end of the 1st quarter it got really sloppy. Turns out the majority of the game was going to get played that way from both sides. The Hawks played the same way consistently throughout the game, sluggish with bursts of energy here and there. The Raptors meanwhile were very inconsistent, until the 4th quarter. The Raptors played rough, not good, basketball for the first three quarters. Then, it was like they flipped a switch. They outscored the Hawks 36-15 in the 4th quarter and were far and away the better team.
Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap had a hit and miss games. He mad moments of brilliance and then he had times where he tried to drive the ball through three defenders. He only made one shot in the 4th quarter and was largely ineffective on both sides of the ball during the Raptors big run. However he was probably the best or second best player for the Hawks today. 6/10

Jeff Teague: After attacking the basket non stop in the first match up, the Raptors looked like they didn’t want to let that happen again. Giving Teague kickout passing lanes but not allowing him to get to the rim. While racking up 5 assists, it took Teague 13 shots to get 16 points. 5/10

Pero Antic: Rough game for Antic. One made shot and missed all five of his long range attempts. 2/10

DeMarre Carroll: Great game by Caroroll standards. 5 steals, 1 made triple (which ended up being a 4 point play), and 4 rebounds. On the defensive side of the ball he was hounding everybody. However I think he shot the ball too much scoring 17 points on 13 shots. Most of the shots were within the offense though so the complaints are minimal. 8/10

Shelvin Mack: Less than typical day for Mack but nothing egregious. 3-for-7 on 7 points is below his usual efficiency but he only had 1 turnover which is to be expected from him at this point. While he did a solid job of not being a big negative on the floor, he was never very noticeable in his 28 minutes on the floor. 5/10

Elton Brand: Brand was perfect from the field with 7 points and 4 rebounds. In 21 minutes while playing average defense, not a bad game from the big guy. 7/10

Dennis Schröder: Bad things from Schröder today, 6 points on 6 shots and not the best shot selection in the world. Good things from Schröder, no turnovers, seemed to manage the game well, and had one of the most hilarious 3 point makes of the season. 5.5/10

Mike Scott: 8 points on 4-for-9 shooting, 5 rebounds, and some decent help defense. Not Scott’s best game, but far from his worst. 6/10

Lou Williams: We saw Lou Williams tonight! I thought this might happen with the Korver injury but sadly he didn’t do much in his 19 minutes. One make on 3 shots and one trip to the free throw line. Seemed strangely passive. 3/10

Coach Budenholzer: I liked Bud’s rotations today. I don’t know if he is trying to keep the rotations to 8 or 9 to get his team ready for the playoffs but the minutes distribution today felt like he was. Bud seemed to be searching for someone to fill the Korver role but he could never find it. 7/10

The opposition: After playing sluggish and bad for most of the game that 4th quarter burst was something else. It was like the Hawks were playing a different team. A lot had to do with Lowry’s great 4th quarter but the Raptors looked like a very good playoff team in the 4th quarter. On the other hand, they looked like the draw all the lower seeds want in the 1st round during the firs three quarters. 7/10


Next: Atlanta vs Phoenix, Monday, March 24th

Chris Barnewall


Shuttles are cool. College student at UCF. Twitter is @ChrisBarnewall where I talk about video games too much.