RECAP: Hawks 126, Pistons 119

Bo Churney —  December 27, 2012


DET(9-22) 119 – 126 (17-9) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 31 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast
W. Bynum (DET): 31 pts, 4 reb, 4 asts

Is there a such a thing as a bad win? The Hawks did have a 22 point lead in the fourth, but Will Bynum evaporated that with his 20-point fourth quarter. The two teams then went back and fourth in the overtimes, with Jeff Teague finally powering the Hawks through in the second OT period. As Larry Drew said post-game, the Hawks still have to work on their killer instinct (85 Piston bench points?) and free throws, because performances like this are going to come back and bite them at some point. They can’t afford to be outrebounded 62-47 on most nights, either.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh was absolutely unstoppable for the first three quarters. He several dunks, a few nice post moves, and was even hitting his jumpers. However, he didn’t do much in the last 22 minutes of the game, going 0-7 in the fourth and two OTs. He had some critical defensive plays, including a probable goaltend on Will Bynum that wasn’t called. His did have some key passes in that stretch, but he could have easily had 40 in this one. 8/10

Al Horford: Horford had a quiet 22 and 10, but the loudest thing he did was missing key free throws late in the game. This game actually could have been over in regulation if Horford had hit a free throw when there was only a second left. Drummond also destroyed him on the boards. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Can’t be 2-11 on shots when most of the looks you are getting are wide-open. In fact, I’m pretty sure Tayshaun Prince was taken out of the game in the first quarter because of how many easy looks Kyle was getting. 2/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff’s performance in that second overtime is why the Hawks won this game, but he needs to stay aggressive the whole game on offense. I like the 17 points and 11 assists, but he became passive in that fourth quarter that saw the Hawks get outscored by a margin of 39-20. Oh, and he couldn’t stay in front of Will Bynum. Whoops. 6/10

Lou Williams: See above. Lou had a great start, but then kind of coasted in the fourth. 7/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza could have done more in the 22 minutes that he was on the floor. He gave up a lot of rebounds to Drummond and company, and wound up with only four boards himself, which is very unlike him for that amount of playing-time. 5/10

Ivan Johnson: I think that Ivan should have gotten a little more playing time in the fourth. He’s a good PnR defender, which is something the Hawks couldn’t stop at all in that period. Heck, at least put Ivan in to go foul Bynum hard enough to knock him off of his game. Or something, at least. 6/10

Anthony Morrow: Did Morrow not give the guys the Will Bynum scouting report? Either way, Morrow himself played well. He had 16 points on 10 shots, and didn’t play bad defensively. He could have filled out the box score a little better, but, of course, that’s not why he is out there. 6/10

DeShawn Stevenson: I get that he’s not supposed to be an offensive player, but his three-point percentage is dropping recently, which is a bit of a concern. I mean, he doesn’t have to be Larry Bird out there, but the Hawks will lose a bit of a floor-spacing advantage if he continues to shoot worse from beyond the arc. 4/10

Larry Drew: He has to establish some sort of winning mentality for the guys in the fourth quarter. You cannot let a team back into the game when you were up 22 in the fourth. The team came out to play in the first three quarters, which was nice, but you can’t have that kind of switch in the middle of the game. If anything, he still gets credit for drawing up great plays out of timeouts, this time running a fake-handoff (same as the Clippers play two years ago) for Al with the game on the line. Al only made one of the free throws, but I definitely trust LD about as much as you can in these situations. 6/10

The opposition: Their bench (mainly Will Bynum) gave a helluva effort to try to win this one, but they simply didn’t have enough talent to get it done. Drummond and Monroe are great pieces, though, and they could be in a lot of games just on those two talents alone. That is, if Lawrence Frank decides to give the young Drummond some more playing time; he definitely deserves it. 8/10


Next: Atlanta at Cleveland, Friday, December 28th

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One response to RECAP: Hawks 126, Pistons 119

  1. This win is about as bad as the Falcons win over the Cardinals this year. Gotta’ put teams away.