RECAP: Hawks 104, Wizards 95

Bo Churney —  December 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

FINAL

WAS(2-14) 95 – 104 (11-5) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 23 pts, 15 rebs, 4 asts
K. Seraphin (WAS): 19 pts, 7 rebs, 2 blks
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Atlanta let Washington get into the game late, but they answered the Wizards’ run with one of their own, eventually retaking a double-digit lead in the win. For the 2nd straight game, the Hawks lead an impressive effort on the boards, with Smoove, Horford, and Zaza outrebounding the Wizards by themselves. (38-32) Of course, they still need to work on the free throws, because 63% from the stripe as a team just isn’t good. Atlanta has now won eight of their last nine games.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Have I used the word “enigmatic” to describe Josh before? Oh, I have? Well then, let me tell you about this specific instance: Smoove was 4-9 on jumpers, which considering that one was a three, is actually efficient. However, he was 5-11 in the paint, as his touch on some of his post moves was just a little off. He gave a great effort on the boards (6 offensive rebounds) and his passing was on point. Overall great game from Josh. 9/10

Al Horford: Was a little slow to start, but got it going in the fourth quarter, when he and Kevin Seraphin were going back and forth. Only criticism I continue to have with him is that he continues to be a bit timid on offense; he’s more hesitant on the open 18-footer than Josh is, which can be very frustrating. 8/10

Zaza Pachulia: The Washington announcers were just raving about Zaza’s prowess for tipping out boards on offense. He had five offensive rebounds, which is really about the only thing the Hawks needed from him on O. On defense, however, he did get a little lost guarding Seraphin at times, which lead to Seraphin knocking down several open jumpers. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff was getting into the paint whenever he wanted, but he just had trouble finishing. His at the rim numbers are significantly down this year, which I hope is just a blip in his game and not a weakness of being relied upon more. 5/10

Lou Williams: Shot well when he was on the floor, but also turned it over a bit too much. I love Lou’s game, but the team does go into iso-Lou too much on consecutive possessions when he’s on the floor, which can easily cause the team to go stagnant. 6/10

Devin Harris: Devin was absolutely fantastic in the first half, hitting his open jumpers. That ceased to happen in the 2nd half. His passing was still good, though, as was his defense for most of the game. 7/10

Anthony Morrow: I love Anthony, but he cannot be played at the three spot. He also needs to be more aggressive on offense, because the team doesn’t bring him into the game to NOT shoot the ball. 4/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Threevenson! He got a little jumper happy late in the game after he was 5-8 from three, but his overall game was great. 7/10

John Jenkins: He got to play a minute! And it was a glorious minute! (he really didn’t do anything) 1/10

Larry Drew: Practically the only problem I have with Drew at this point is Ivan’s playing time. That’s it. He’s running great plays out of timeouts, the rest of his rotations are coming in nicely, and the team is playing unselfishly on both offense and defense. In my opinion, if the team keeps this up, he should get strong consideration for Coach of the Year. 8/10

The opposition: Beal finally had a good game, which is nice considering I said he was going to win Rookie of the Year. (that’s Lillard’s award now) For the 2nd straight game against the Hawks, Seraphin hit his open jumpers, but he was really the only consistent part of the Washington offense. They did limit the turnovers, and are showing some promise after the terrible start, but you can tell that they badly miss John Wall. 4/10

 

Next: Atlanta at Memphis, Saturday, December 8th
 

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