RECAP: Hawks 114, Pistons 103

Raj Prashad —  February 26, 2013 — 4 Comments

FINAL

DET(22-37) 103 – 114 (32-23) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 23 pts, 22 reb, 3 ast, 2 stk, 1 blk
J. Jerebko (DET): 21 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Don’t look now, but the Hawks have won their last three games and have climbed into the No. 4 spot in the East. After a mildly competitive first quarter, Atlanta rode Al Horford’s first half double-double to a 10-point lead at the half. From there, it was smooth sailing, as they coasted to a double-digit win, but more importantly, they won their second game to remain undefeated on their 11-night, nine-game road trip.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Since the trade deadline passed, it finally looks like Smoove is having fun again. No pressure on him to meet expectations, Josh is simply picking his shots and passing well. He played great defense all over the floor and ended up with a team-best +18 in plus/minus. While most of the opposition’s second-half points came from Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko, who Smith was defending, it was in the fourth quarter, with the game fully out of reach.  8/10

Al Horford: It was a career night for the forward, snatching a career-high 23 rebounds and scoring 22 points, including one 3-point dagger in the contest. Horford did have five turnovers and was key in allowing 30-first half points in the paint to Detroit, though. Despite his inefficiencies, the Hawks will continue to ride his hot shooting streak.  9/10

DeShawn Stevenson: After missing the Milwaukee game, Stevenson struggled on the road. He was decent on offense, scoring seven points. But he couldn’t contain Rodney Stuckey in transition or off of pick-and-roll plays. Stuckey finished with a team-high 22 points and five rebounds, coming mostly against DeShawn.  5/10

Kyle Korver: All 15 of Korver’s points came from behind the arc, as he notched 5-of-7 from the 3-point line. Oh, and he hit a trey in his 49-consecutive game. 7/10

Jeff Teague: If any player took the break to recharge their batteries, it was Teague. He’s come back fired up and aggressive in the second half of the season. He played fantastic on-ball defense against Calderon, shutting down the point guard for much of the night. Teague turned the ball over just once and dropped in yet another double-double with 20 points and 12 assists. 8/10

Dahntay Jones: Just days after head coach Larry Drew told us Jones would be unlikely to play much, if at all, on the road trip, the veteran played the most minutes off the bench. Jones did pretty much what he said he would do– providing energy and defense off the pine. 4/10

Devin Harris: He didn’t see much time off the bench, playing just 13 minutes, but his eight points in the first half allowed Atlanta to earn a 10-point lead at the half, and eventually a blowout. 7/10

John Jenkins: We’re starting to see a much more aggressive Jenkins, which can only be a positive moving forward. He was solid defensively and got the free throw line four times, making all of his attempts from the charity stripe. 4/10

Mike Scott: Scott played just two minutes in garbage time. 2/10

Anthony Tolliver: Not much to say about Tolliver in this one. He was decent offensively and defensively. 2/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan didn’t play much, only getting six minutes in the game. He did provide a spark off the bench and was +9, scoring two points and flying around the floor. 5/10

Johan Petro: Like Scott, Petro saw just two minutes on the floor with the game well out of hand. 2/10

Larry Drew: LD continues to find the right lineup for the right game, but with the game out of reach and the team on a long road trip, it’s a bit confusing to see that the starters played upwards of 30 minutes. This would have been a nice game to get Horford and Smoove some rest, but Drew elected for them to play until the final minutes. 7/10

The opposition: It was a competitive first quarter for Detroit, but they couldn’t maintain their defensive intensity, nor their offensive firepower. The Pistons really miss Andre Drummond’s interior presence and could have used another big body to match up evenly with Horford and Smith. 6/10

 

Next: Atlanta at Utah, Wednesday, February 27th

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4 responses to RECAP: Hawks 114, Pistons 103

  1. Shawty took 12 shots outside the paint in this one, hitting five. That raised his shooting percentage outside the paint from 16% in the previous three games to now 26% since the All-Star break. He’s now shooting almost eight shots per game outside the paint in that span.

    I wonder why Teague is suddenly picking up the defensive intensity. I wonder if it is because, with the trade deadline passed, he realizes that the best chance for the Hawks to convince Shawty to re-sign, or to attract free agents if he departs, is for the Hawks to be as successful as possible. I’ve been saying since the preseason that I didn’t feel Teague was giving his best effort on defense.

    • That’s awful. And I’m not sure about Teague. He’s playing out of his mind and after the Kings game LD said he had no idea what’s triggered this kind of play. Teague reminds me alot of Rondo on D– he can play well, but often doesn’t try.

  2. Also, good observation on LD leaving the starters in so long. I was waiting for something bad to happen in a game that was all but decided halfway through the 4th.

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