RECAP: Hawks 107, Clippers 97

Brandon Barnes —  December 5, 2013 — 5 Comments

FINAL

       LAC(12-7) 97 – 107 (10-10) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 25 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, 3 blk
B. Griffin (LAC): 24 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks came ready to play tonight, that’s for sure. The Clippers didn’t make a single three in the first half and they had trouble keeping Paul Millsap under control from destroying them all game long. While a late Clippers run closed it to 79-74 with 11 minutes to go, the late efforts weren’t enough as the Hawks piled a nice lead back on and closed the game out with ease. I’ll be honest, it was nice having a game that didn’t go until 0.4 seconds left. I still have fingernails to chew on.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: On a night where Big Al was 2-for-10 outside of the paint, he provided a solid presence down low. While he wasn’t main course of the Hawks “meal” this evening, he was certainly my favorite side dish. Lil’ Tito (Because I’m new here at HH, I’d like to warn you that I tend to call Al Horford “Lil’ Tito” more often than not) had a relatively quiet 21 points and 9 boards in a night where only had one turnover and also recorded a defensive rebound while sitting down. True story. 7.5/10

Jeff Teague: Five personal fouls tonight for Teague in a game where he only attempted five shots. Yikes. He had four turnovers in the game, but, in my opinion, only two of them were really his fault. One pass mishandled by Korver and a silly offensive foul (where I think Jamal Crawford just slipped) don’t count in my box score. Oh, and his pick-and-roll defense was sub-par tonight (Hint: I used “sub-par” because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings). Other than that, Jeffrey scored six points and dropped six dimes. He had a nice isolation three pointer that impressed me, but other than that, he was “eh” in a game where he didn’t need to be great. 4.5/10

Paul Millsap: Trill recognize trill, as it has been all season for Paul Millsap. The 9.5 million dollar man battled it out with Blake Griffin (until Blake got scared and had Jared Dudley switch over). In what I believe to be his second-best game of the year, Millsap put up a very solid stat line of 25 points (on 60% shooting), nine boards, six assists, three blocks, and one steal. I’m going to dock him just a touch because of what Blake Griffin did on the other end, but you have to tip your hat to Blake for making some tough, awkward shots down low. 8.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: The Junk Yard Dog was must’ve been feeling trashy tonight because he was in his element all night long. He made both of his three-point attempts and shot 4-for-6 overall. 12 points and seven rebounds is exactly what I want to see from DeMarre. He must’ve read Bo’s recap of the Spurs game, because his transition game was flawless. Well, flawless as in “he didn’t have any chances to over-dribble”. Actually, he didn’t have any fastbreak chances at all. He also shot a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line, something Paul Millsap can’t say tonight (0-for-2). 6/10

Kyle Korver:The Streak is back! The Streak is one away from owning the record! The Streak is the only reason Kyle’s father came to watch his game tonight! While the last statement is probably, no, make that definitely not true, what is true is that “The Streak” is a nickname I am seriously considering. It was just another hot shooting night for Korver, hitting six treys and scoring 23 points. Ho hum. He still needed 51 more points to catch his mom’s career high. So, with that information handy, do we consider tonight’s performance a family failure? All jokes aside, Kyle played a very nice game and his hands were all over the place, as per usual. He’ll go for the record on Friday as he tries to make it his 90th consecutive game with a triple. 7/10

Shelvin Mack: Shelvin got 24 minutes of action tonight and he certainly made the most of every second. How’s 12 points, four rebounds, and five assists for your backup point guard? He helped set up the second-unit’s offense and showed off his ability to shoot off the dribble. 5-for-9 from the field and only one turnover? Sounds good to me! To put it simply, I enjoyed watching him play tonight. 6.5/10

Elton Brand: I’m not sure I have a proper reaction to how Elton Brand played tonight. He missed his only two shots of the night from almost the exact same spot in the short corner. But wait! HE STUFFED BLAKE GRIFFIN… FROM BEHIND! That was cool, but his overall play was nothing to be super proud of. 3.5/10

Cartier Martin: He shot two threes and he made one of them. The end. 2/10

Mike Scott: Mike Scott had one of those games where I’m sure he doesn’t want to look at the tape again. He made a nice turnaround jumper, but other than that he was less than stellar. He got rim-stuffed on a fastbreak dunk attempt in the 2nd quarter and I hope he never has to watch that again. As a Mike Scott fan, that was tough to watch. He only played eight minutes, took four shots, and had one turnover. What’s eight divided by four minus one? Bingo. 1/10

Coach Budenholzer: The team gave great effort throughout the night and there’s not much negative to say about how Bud managed the game. My only question for Coach would be something along the lines of “Why didn’t John Jenkins play at all?” I know his defense is a problem, but I think he would’ve survived guarding Willie Green for a few minutes. No big deal though, we got the win and Budenholzer got a technical foul for the second time in three games. Tenacity! 8/10

The opposition: While CP3 and Blake Griffin were both solid, the support they got was generally lackluster. The absence of JJ Redick really hurts the Clippers on offense and, I don’t care who you are, it’s really hard to win a game shooting 21% from beyond-the-arc. Jared Dudley was cold and Jamal Crawford tried his best to be the Jamal Crawford from a few years ago. While most of his shot attempts were similar, the results were not. 6/10

 

Next: Cleveland vs Atlanta, Friday December 6th

Brandon Barnes

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5 responses to RECAP: Hawks 107, Clippers 97

  1. Did anybody see this team coming together this quickly?

  2. Millsap, horford, and Korver played huge in the win against the Clips.

  3. To answer your question Buddy, I’m quite surprised. However, it makes sense considering how the team is FULL of high-character veterans who want to play as a team. Surrounding them are young guys who want to prove that they have worth in the NBA. Good combo for team chemistry and overall production, in my opinion.

  4. Do you see the Hawks making a play for Asik given the team’s apparent chemistry?

  5. Alan,

    Check out this piece that our own Buddy Grizzard wrote in late November. He answers your question very well. http://hawkshoop.com/why-trade-for-asik-when-hawks-defense-is-already-top-10/

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