RECAP: Hawks 103, Grizzlies 92

Bo Churney —  February 7, 2013


 MEM(30-18) 92 – 103 (27-21) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 22 pts, 2 reb, 13 ast
Z. Randolph (MEM): 20 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast

After dropping inexplicably to Chicago, and then being forced to play a 60-foul game against Indiana, the Hawks finally got a good win, holding the lead for nearly the entirety of the game. It wasn’t just the 58-48 halftime lead that helped, but the Hawks actually continued their good play after the break, starting the 2nd half on a 14-2 run. The run was a result of great defense, and great distributing by Jeff Teague, who earned three assists during that span. Post game, Larry Drew credited much of the effort to the start from Anthony Tolliver, who played great on the defensive end, and allowed Josh and Al to switch more freely on Memphis’ frontcourt.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al was forced into foul trouble early by Marc Gasol, but he was able to rebound in the 2nd half, and finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Horford helped seal the game late, scoring seven points in the final six minutes of the game. 8.5/10

Anthony Tolliver: Getting his 2nd start of the season, AT was key in keeping Tayshaun Prince and Zach Randolph in check early in the game, and even hit a few key buckets, including the three that put the Hawks up by 22 in the third quarter. 7/10

Kyle Korver: After a rather appalling performance against Indiana, Korver rebounded in this one, shooting 5-8 from the field. He was extremely active on the boards and on defense, even though he did have a couple of slip-ups on that end. He seemed excited to have his Creighton pal Tolliver in the starting lineup, commenting that “[Anthony] went to Creighton University, so he learned how to play really solid basketball there, obviously.” 6.5/10

Jeff Teague: Aggressive Jeff is the best Jeff; there’s just no way around that. He lead the team with 16 points and eight assists at HALFTIME! He finished with 22 points and 13 assists, good enough for his fourth 20-10 game of the season, three of which have been in the past month. 10/10

Josh Smith: He made his jumpers in this one, which makes his line look better than it probably should, but he was active on the boards, grabbing 11 of them. He also had six assists and only one turnover. Wait… one turnover? That can’t be right… *checks stats again* Huh. Anyways, Josh did a good job of keeping Zach Randolph out of the paint, which limited Z-Bo’s rebounding opportunities. Most of all, it looked like Josh was giving a much better effort than he had in the previous games. 9/10

Johan Petro: He only played six minutes, but he did quite well in those six. If Zaza’s injuries linger, Johan is going to have to continue doing the small things in small minutes to keep the Hawks going. 5.5/10

Ivan Johnson He had two monstrous dunks in this one, but that was about it. His defense was good as usual, but he turned the ball over three times in just 12 minutes. I would chastise Ivan for that, but, you know, it’s Ivan. 4/10

John Jenkins: He did take nine shot attempts, but he still needs to learn how to quicken his trigger. This was a bit of a symptom of the Hawks as a whole for stretches of time, but when you get a good open shot, take it! (no, not you, Josh) The three threes were nice, but he could have easily had more if he took the first look he had at times, instead of pump-faking or passing and allowing the Grizzlies’ defense to recover. 6/10

Devin Harris: It can’t be stated enough how much the Hawks missed Devin when he was out. Even though Jeff was pushing the ball hard in this one, it didn’t hurt to have another guy willing to do the same. Devin got out in transition a couple of times, which seemingly sparked a running mentality for the Hawks for the entire game. 7/10

Mike Scott: He only got on the floor during garbage time, which I was surprised with when you consider how well he’s played recently. In the five minutes he did see the floor, he did fair so well. 2/10

Larry Drew: LD made great use of his lineups, and even played Josh more than he usually does, which I am welcome to. His decision to start Tolliver at the three was key, as Anthony responded with great energy on defense, and really allowed the Hawks to do a lot more things on both sides of the floor. While I don’t think the team can rely on Tolliver, he clearly should be in the rotation just based off of his energy alone. 8/10

The opposition: Marc Gasol seemed like a bad matchup for Al with how much taller he is, but Memphis failed to properly utilize this matchup. Marc did hit a couple of jumpers, but he couldn’t get it going in the paint with his shot, and it seemed like the Grizz waited too long to utilize his passing attributes. I think they could have made this game a lot closer if they had run Gasol out of the high-post a little more than they did. 6/10


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One response to RECAP: Hawks 103, Grizzlies 92

  1. Tolliver is the new Jason Collins