RECAP: Hawks 111, Bucks 103

Bo Churney —  April 17, 2014

FINAL

MIL(15-67) 103 – 111 (38-44)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Scott (ATL): 17 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
B. Knight (MIL): 31 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Atlanta ended their season on Wednesday night by getting a win over the lowly Milwaukee Bucks, finishing the season with a 38-44 record. With Paul Millsap sitting out again to rest his sore right hand for the playoffs, Mike Scott was inserted into the starting lineup and he was one of the leaders of the ATL effort. Scott led the team with 17 points (eight in the first quarter) and was also tied for the team lead in assist with four. In fact, everyone was getting in on the assist game, as six different Hawks had at least three assists; this includes rookie Mike Muscala, who had his best game as a pro with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Atlanta’s next game will be on Saturday at 7PM (on ESPN!) as they start their first round series with the Indiana Pacers.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Mike Scott: I already went over a lot of Mike’s success in the opening statement, but here’s some other stuff he did: he led the team with 32 minutes played, scored 15 points in the first half, plus he had a pretty neat rip on a Jeff Adrien attempt in the paint. Mike doesn’t always do a lot on defense, so you have to appreciate when he doesn’t something on that end that leads to a bucket. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Only 20 minutes from Jeff, but something that I liked is that he was 2-for-5 on 3-pointers in that time. I like Jeff taking open 3s. He should get some open opportunities in the upcoming series against the Pacers and it is really refreshing to see him not only attempting, but making those shtos. 8/10

Pero Antic: Pero didn’t have a lot of touch on his shot on the night (2-for-8 from the field), but he did the other things that have made him a positive player this season: defending well, plus his general presence opening the lane for his teammates on offense. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: I was actually a bit concerned when I found out that DeMarre was playing in this game, mainly because he’s been deal with some slight ailments lately and I didn’t want his extreme-effort style of play causing another injury in a game like this that doesn’t affect the standings. Nonetheless, DeMarre looked fine, putting up 13 points, four assists, and three steals in just 22 minutes of play. And hey, he made all of his layups! 8/10

Kyle Korver: I never thought Korver could play 22 minutes in a game without attempting a three, but that is exactly what happened in this game. He still had seven points and four assists, but just so odd that he didn’t even get a shot off from 3-point land. Makes you appreciate his 3-point streak even more. 7/10

Lou Williams: I’ve said this quite a bit recently, but I’ll say it again: the Hawks are better when Lou Williams is able to get to the free throw line. He was only 1-for-6 from the field in this one, but his 7-for-7 show from the line is what is going to be important in the playoffs; Hawks need to be able to attack. 7/10

Shelvin Mack: I’m interested to see if Shelvin continues to the most aggressive Hawk on taking jumpers in transition during the playoffs. He does it quite a bit and it is something I’d like to see Teague do a little more. In terms of this game, Shelvin had a couple of long looks early in the shot clock, but only one fell. For the night, he had a nice overall line of 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. 7.5/10

Elton Brand: He gave us five fouls in 19 minutes. Swag. 4/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier could legitimately be an X-factor in the playoffs against the Pacers. The Hawks are going to be in need of wing defense when DeMarre is on the bench and lately, Cartier has been doing some good things on defense when he’s playing. The Hawks won’t want him playing 24 minutes like he did tonight, but if he can play at max effort for 10 minutes to spell Carroll, it could be huge. 7/10

Mike Muscala: It was against the Bucks, but a lot of good things can be taken out of Mike’s play in this game. The touch on his jumper was great and his defense gets better and better the more he plays. One bad thing though… he was the victim of a rather impressive block by Giannis Antetokounmpo. 9/10

Dennis Schröder: He’s not exactly a great jump shooter, so seeing one of his layup attempts get blocked by Ramon Sessions was kind of depressing. (even though Sessions has been a bit of a Hawk-killer in his career) 6/10

Coach Budenholzer: The team had 29 assists without a single player having more than four… that’s just amazing to me. 8/10

The opposition: Do they get a 10 for losing? That is what they’ve been trying to do nearly the whole season, so… sure, they get a 10. Congrats to Milwaukee on new owners and a team next year that will have a nice young core of Giannis, Henson, Sanders, Knight, and one of the Wiggins/Parker/Exum trio. (would they take Embiid? I don’t know, just seems like the other guys would fit better) 10/10

 

Next: Atlanta at Indiana, Saturday, April 19th

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