L. Williams (ATL): 25 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl
E. Kanter (UTA): 13 pts, 13 reb, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]
The Hawks are now three games over .500… I REPEAT, THE HAWKS ARE NOW THREE GAMES OVER .500! WOOO, THREE-SEED, HERE WE COME!!!
*looks at standings* Oh, we’re only four games ahead of the ninth place team in the East… still, possible three-seed!
ANYWAYS, the Hawks won tonight and they did it with a very consistent effort on both ends of the floor. Al Horford had 23 points in 23 minutes, which included a balanced set of inside buckets and mid-range jumpers. Paul Millsap, in his first game against his former team, had a quiet double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Because of the blowout, every active Hawks player got into the game and scored at least one bucket.
The biggest story of the night, however, is Lou Williams. Not because he scored 25 points. Not because he had six threes, and not because he had four steals. Tonight, we found out that Lou’s teammates refer to him as “The Chicken Man”. The explanation here is that the Hawks sometimes yell “CHICKEN!” when they score — referring to them eating when they score — and, as the way Lou put it, since he scores a lot, he is “The Chicken Man”. As Jeff Teague then put it, “Gonna see kids in South Gwinnett with a box of KFC.”
(photoshop courtesy of Chase Thomas)
Onto the grades!
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The Hawks did well. This is their grade:
Except for you, John Jenkins. You did not play well and were the only Hawk player to have a negative plus-minus rating despite the 33-point win. This is your grade:
Click on that image for a further reflection of John’s play.
The Hawks’ next game is Monday at Miami.