RECAP: Hawks 102, Raptors 95

Bo Churney —  November 1, 2013


  TOR(1-1) 95 – 109 (1-1)ATL

Key Performers:
A. Horford (ATL): 22 pts, 16 reb, 1 ast
D. DeRozan (TOR): 31 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast

The Hawks rebounded from their opening loss to the Mavs by beating the Toronto Raptors, 102-95. The offense worked to establish Al Horford quickly against Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, which opened up opportunities on the perimeter for Kyle Korver and Cartier Martin. The Hawks got to the free throw line 31 times, but only made 20, which is a rate that is going to have to go up if the Hawks want to succeed this season.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: His first three possessions against Valanciunas weren’t anything to write home about, but Al rebounded and finished the rest of the game strongly. He finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds, good enough for his 17th 20-15 game of his career. He was also great defensively, and his play on both sides of the court kept Valanciunas out of the game. 10/10

Paul Millsap: Paul Millsap’s free throw struggles are starting to concern me. He was 1-for-5 tonight, is now 3-for-9 on the season, which is all on top of his struggle from the stripe during preseason. That aside, Paul had another strong 4th quarter, scoring six points in helping close out the Raptors. 7.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: When he was on Rudy Gay, he had tons of defensive success. Against DeRozan, though? Not so much. (although that was more of DeMar’s doing than DeMarre’s fault) Outside of that, he had a couple of nice passes, but struggled shooting from the field, finishing 1-for-7. He made up for it, however, by getting to the free throw line five times. (and he made all of them!) 7/10

Jeff Teague: This was a much more impressive effort tonight from Teague on both ends of the floor. On offense, he had 12 assists against one turnover and was making some very swift passes. He also had one nice dunk on a breakaway to end the half, and another dunk attempt in the fourth quarter that… well, it didn’t go so well. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Streak’s up to 75, although my least favorite game at the moment is “WHY IS KYLE DRIBBLING?!?” Seriously, he dribbled a lot in this game and I didn’t like it. However, that’s not too important when he’s 5-for-8 from behind the arc for the night. 7/10

Dennis Schröder: Comment I made during the game: “Dennis is checking Augustin and Augustin looks pissed.” I’m really intrigued by the Teague/Schröder backcourt tandem that Budenholzer keeps tossing out there, because it keeps Jeff’s offensive abilities on the floor and allows Dennis to handle the pick-and-roll defense. Also, no problem with always having your best passers on the floor. 7/10

Elton Brand: Elton played for seven minutes. He made a bucket. /end transmission 5/10

Mike Scott: I thought it was odd that Mike Scott got more time on the floor than Brand, but that’s what happened here. Mike made a couple of buckets and wasn’t completely awful defensively, so there’s that. 6/10

Cartier Martin: Martin had another good game, which goes to show why Danny Ferry is the GM of this team and I am not. (I was originally confused by the Cartier signing) He’s shown so far that he’s a more than capable backup to DeMarre and is deserving of the minutes he’s getting. 7/10

Pero Antic: I take a weird amount of joy in just watching Pero move around on defense. His defensive IQ is extremely high and he always seems to know when and where to rotate. Of course, I have to take points off for the airballed three-pointer. 8/10

Mike Budenholzer: Coach received a much better effort on defense on pick-and-rolls and in transition in this one. One thing you have to ponder, though: where is John Jenkins? Coach said he was available for both games so far, but he’s failed to get any time on the court. Odd considering the team just picked up John’s option for this third season on his contract. 9/10

The opposition: So, is opposing shooting guards making an insane amount of contested jumpers going to continue to be a thing? Because I’m not a fan. This time, DeMar DeRozan was cooking with some hot grease, making 10-for-17 on shots outside of the paint. Outside of DeRozan, the Hawks did well, forcing Rudy Gay into bad jumpers and keeping Valanciunas from doing much of anything. 5/10


Next: Atlanta at LA Lakers, Sunday, November 3rd

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2 responses to RECAP: Hawks 102, Raptors 95

  1. Free throws are still an issue…here I thought maybe it was an LD thing. Not sure what’s up with this given you-know-who is gone.

  2. Cartier Martin is that 2k cheese.