RECAP: Bobcats 95, Hawks 93

Chris Barnewall —  April 15, 2014

FINAL

CHA(42-39) 95 – 93 (37-44)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Scott (ATL): 20 pts, 6 reb
A. Jefferson (CHA): 27 pts, 15 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks really didn’t have anything to play for tonight other than pride and tooling up for the playoffs. Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, and DeMarre Carroll all did not play. Despite this, the Hawks probably should have won. The Bobcats played horrible basketball most of the night but the Hawks were only able to capitalize on it once. The Hawks had tons of wide open shots from deep but couldn’t hit a large chunk of them. I guess you can’t expect the bench unit to finish off the opposing team, but you don’t usually expect them to blow a 15 point lead against the opposing teams’ bench plus one starter, and that’s what happened tonight. A very weird game.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Lou Williams: Ever since reentering the rotation, Williams has not disappointed. Looking at his box score I’m surprised he had as poor a game as he did because he did a lot of small things really well such as pushing the pace and running the fast break. Still, 0-for-7 from deep is really tough to overcome. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Teague continues his strong finish to the season. Tonight he did a little bit of everything with some points here, some assists over there, and some rebounds here. He finished with a stat line of 11-5-4, but that’s not what was so great about his play tonight. Teague shut down Kemba Walker. Walker was hounded all night long and had a dreadful game. Even when he did get an open shot he looked uncomfortable because of everything Teague was doing. 8/10

Pero Antic: Antic returned from injury and got the start. Unfortunately for him that did not lead to much success. He struggled all night long and was far less effective than Muscala and Brand. 2/10

Mike Muscala: Muscala had one of his best games as a rookie tonight. 21 minutes and given the task of helping out on Al Jefferson, the rookie stepped up. His defense wasn’t spectacular but it wasn’t horrible. On the offensive end Muscala was 3-for-5 with 8 points and a lot of nice hustle moments. 6/10

Cartier Martin: Martin also deserves big props for his efforts on the defensive end tonight. While Teague was busy hounding Walker, Martin found himself with the task of of guarding Gerald Henderson. Martin held Henderson to a dreadful shooting night and between him and Teague, they shut down the Bobcats starting back court. 7.5/10

Elton Brand: Elton Brand (bless his heart) did everything he could to try and get in Al Jefferson’s way. Unfortunately for Brand, Jefferson got the better of him most times. On the offensive end Brand had a great game, 4-for-5 from the field for 12 points. Brand also had 7 rebounds and 3 blocks to fill up his stat line. 8/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack was fantastic for the Hawks. He took on many of the same defensive duties as Teague and performed well. On the offensive end he was 5-for-10 with 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. All with 0 turnovers. Perfect backup point guard game. 9/10

Dennis Schröder: Schröder had a big shot and racked up some assists. His defense was also solid. He seemed to look good running the offense and even kept his turnovers down to only 3. 5/10

Mike Scott: Mike Scott started tonight and it was clear he was in a different role. He was the focal point of the offense shooting 23 times. Unfortunately he only made 8 shots and scored 20 points. Not very efficient but not too surprising considering he was playing out of his role. He also had 6 rebounds which is solid. 7/10

Coach Budenholzer: Coach Bud was trying to keep some of his key players rested and managed to get his guys to play well enough to almost win. I do however have to dock him for letting the 15 point lead get blown with little to no intervention. 7/10

The opposition: Summary of Charlotte’s night: I’m still confused as to how the Bobcats won. Their 2nd best player had a horrible night shooting. The only guy that could really do anything on offense as Al Jefferson and the defense was well below what they’re capable of. They allowed so many open 3’s it’s stunning to me the Hawks didn’t win by 18. It took a 2nd unit comeback to get the Bobcats back in the game and then they somehow won with that 2nd unit. The final shot of the game was a Chris Douglas-Roberts prayer floater thrown up at the end that somehow went in. The Bobcats should not have won, but they did. 5/10

 

Next: Atlanta at Milwaukee, Tuesday, April 16th (Last game of the regular season!)

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