RECAP: Cavs 113, Hawks 111

Bo Churney —  November 30, 2012

FINAL

CLE(4-12) 113 – 111 (9-5) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 25 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts, 3 blks, 2 stls
A. Varejao (CLE): 20 , 18 rebs, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

So, mere hours after I wrote this, the Hawks give up 113 points to a Kyrie-less Cavs team, including 31 in the fourth quarter. Varejao and Thompson did most of their work on the boards in the second half, allowing Cleveland to storm back from a double-digit halftime deficit. That Hawks’ six-game winning streak is no more. (also, come on, Atlanta fans! That crowd was awful.)

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh was all over the floor again, putting up a game-high 25 points and putting up statistics in every other imaginable category. He made one terrible mistake, though: he failed to box-out Alonzo Gee on the Cavaliers’ last possession. 8/10

Al Horford: Besides Josh, Al was the only other Hawks player who could grab a rebound. He did a good job in most facets of the game, but he appeared to be over helping at times, giving Varejao a couple of open looks. That wasn’t why the Hawks lost this game, though. 7/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza just was not good this game. He didn’t rebound and he didn’t help out at all on offense. 1/10

DeShawn Stevenson: He let Waiters and Pargo torch him at times, which isn’t what you want out of your defensive stopper. He did make his open shots, though. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague had six steals and seven assists, but then he let Pargo go off on him in the fourth quarter. He was 4-11 from the field, but I’ll give him a bit of a break since quite a few of those misses came after he took a hard foul int he first. 6/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan was plus 18 in just nine minutes of playing time. He made a three at the buzzer before halftime, which might have been the greatest play of all time; I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ivan so excited. 8/10

Lou Williams: 18 points on 10 shots, zero turnovers, and some fourth quarter theatrics? Yes please! 9/10

Devin Harris: Devin played well again and racked up nine points in the first quarter. he was hustling, but he kind of disappeared late in the game when the Hawks could have used a bit of a spark. (The team only scored 20 in the fourth quarter, half of which was scored in the last two minutes) 6/10

Anthony Morrow: A-Mo got six minutes in this one, made a couple of shots, and committed a couple of fouls. That’s about it. Once again, with the way the Hawks were playing defense, it’s probably not a bad thing that he only played that little. 5/10

Larry Drew: I was going to criticize his decision to not start Zaza in this one, but the Hawks were absolutely destroyed on the boards when Zaza was in. It wasn’t really even close. Ivan could have used a few more minutes in the fourth when the Hawks were killed by Cleveland at everything, but there’s no indication that even Ivan could have flipped that one around. 7/10

The opposition: I’m not sure what the hell got into Jeremy Pargo, but I liked it. Varejao and Thompson both had great games, as did Dion Waiters. Cleveland has really drafted some good ones in the past few years, so this team is going to be an absolute force in the future. 9/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs Denver, Wednesday, December 5th

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