RECAP: Hawks 76, Clippers 89

Daniel Christian —  November 11, 2012


LAC(5-2) 89 – 76 (2-3) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 13 pts, 6 rebs, 4 asts, 3 blks
C. Paul (LAC): 15 pts, 2 rebs, 8 asts, 1 stl

The Hawks turned the ball over 10 times in the 4th quarter and 22 times in the game, giving the Clippers ample opportunity to burry Atlanta beneath their own mistakes. In a game that saw both teams struggle to score from the field, Atlanta gift-wrapped LA a package of fast breaks, high percentage shots, and more possessions, all leading to the Clippers pulling away in the 4th and notching an 89-76 win.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Horford played an alright game, scoring 11 points and grabbing 9 rebounds, but he only attempted 10 shots. He continues to not have enough opportunities and/or plays run for him to score the ball, and eventually Larry Drew is going to realize that Al Horford needs to be taking more shots than anyone on this team every single night. 6/10

Josh Smith: Smith took advantage of his matchup with Caron Butler early on, routinely working him on the block as he scored or was fouled on 4 of his 6 first half shot attempts from the post . However, the second half was a disaster. Smith forced passes, forced shots, and made a slew of bad decisions in the 4th quarter that played a large role in the Hawks’ offense falling apart. 6/10

Zaza Pachulia: In 30 minutes of play Pachulia managed to score 5 points, pull down 6 rebounds, and turn the ball over 4 times. It wasn’t the best of nights for Zaza, but chasing around the Clippers’ ultra-athletic front court can’t be easy. 3/10

Kyle Korver: Every time Korver steps into a shot, you just know it’s going in. This guy doesn’t miss when he gets an open shot, especially in transition. He went 2-6 from beyond the arc, but not every look was clean. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague had a tough act to follow after playing one of the most efficient games of his career on Friday night against Miami, and while he had another solid outing, it wasn’t what most of us have come to expect. However, it’s gotten to the point where I feel like every single offensive possession needs to be set up by Teague or it’s going to be a disaster. He is the engine that drives this offense, so 27 minutes isn’t going to cut it.  6/10

Lou Williams: Lou went 3-4 from downtown in the first half, but after his solid start, he unraveled and was a mess with the ball in his hands in the 2nd half. It’s a miracle he only had 2 turnovers because he seems to struggle with the concept of passing, not dribbling, out of a double team. 5/10

Ivan Johnson: He committed 2 stupid fouls early in the 4th quarter, but his coast-to-coast lay-up at the end of the game when the Hawks were getting blown out was pretty nice. 2/10

Anthony Tolliver: How did he score 8 points? Don’t let it trick you into thinking he was helpful tonight.  4/10

Devin Harris: He always finds a way to run this offense into the ground at the end of the 3rd quarter and at the beginning of the 4th. Hey! Isn’t that when the Clippers made the run that knocked the Hawks out of the game? 2/10

John Jenkins: He scored 6 points in the first 4 minutes of his career. You have to start somewhere, and Jenkins didn’t look like a complete mess in his debut, even if the game was already decided by the time he entered in. I like him. It’s a solid start. Welcome to the NBA, Mr. Jenkins. 5/10

Mike Scott: Scott’s debut wasn’t as smooth as Jenkins’, but he wasn’t handling the ball as much either. At least both rookies got some playing time. 3/10

Larry Drew: I think at this point, I just want to know when Devin Harris will stop playing as many minutes as Jeff Teague. He’s a complete disaster 90% of the time he’s on the court and he’s taking time away from Teague, who has been spectacular thus far. Also, how in the world does Morrow register a DNP after the game he had on Friday night? It makes no sense. Anthony Morrow needs to play. That is all. 4/10

The opposition: The Clippers played far from their best basketball on Sunday afternoon, but it was certainly enough to beat a Hawks team that could not hold onto the ball in the most crucial moments of the game. Eric Bledsoe’s performance early on in the 4th quarter was huge as he attacked the rim, played great defense, and hit a dagger 3-pointer that put Atlanta down 14. The Clippers were certainly beatable, but the Hawks couldn’t take advantage of their vulnerability, mainly because they were too busy shooting themselves in their collective foot. 6/10


Next: Atlanta vs Portland, Monday, November 12

Daniel Christian