RECAP: Hawks 88, Warriors 92

Daniel Christian —  November 15, 2012


GSW(4-4) 92 – 88 (3-4) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 16 pts, 10 rebs, 4 asts, 3 stls
H. Barnes (GSW): 19 pts, 13 rebs, 1 ast

Life without Al Horford was worse than expected. Golden State turned the ball over 23 times, but managed to lead almost the entire game as the Hawks were unable to run anything effectively on offense and were pounded on the boards.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: It was a Josh Smith long-two-apalooza as he again, to the chagrin of every non-Warriors fan watching, chucked 18 footers with hands in his face and tried turnaround fadeaways like he was Carmelo Anthony or something. At least when the fourth quarter rolled around he was less inclined to just heave the ball in the general direction of the rim like he had been doing, and because of that he got into a little bit of a rhythm attacking David Lee off the dribble. He also had two amazing blocks and was solid on defense all night. He did pull down 10 boards, but considering how badly the Hawks were dismantled in that category, more would have been nice. 6/10

Ivan Johnson: Who saw that coming? The Hawks were all but finished before Ivan reeled off 7 straight 4th-quarter points to give Atlanta a punchers chance. He missed two big free throws, but he was an efficient 7-8 from the field and scored 15 points. As Draymond Green learned (was it a broken jaw?), don’t get in Ivan’s way when he’s in the zone, because if you do, there will be blood. 8/10

Zaza Pachulia: Pachulia suffered an eye injury early in the game, and while he wasn’t rolling on all cylinders before then, he never really contributed anything once he returned. He had 4 points and 2 rebounds in 24 minutes. We needed more on the boards. And I’m not sure what the exact injury was, but the word laceration sounds bad and his stitches were huge, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he played with one eye. 3/10

Lou Williams: 4th-Q Lou definitely showed up after a shaky first 3 quarters as he single-handedly saved the Hawks from being carried off to the back of the alley and beaten by the Warriors’ pesky, trapping defense. He hit 3 consecutive 3-pointers in the waning minutes of the game, disregarding any offensive schemes, because at that point, with no point guard on the court, he figured to hell with it, they weren’t going to work anyway. So he went bombs away from downtown and caught fire, but it wasn’t enough to save the Hawks from themselves, who couldn’t grab a rebound off of a Stephen Curry missed three in a one possession game with under 20 seconds to go. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Teague had a strong start to the game, scoring 5 points, dishing out 4 assists, and grabbing 3 rebounds in the opening 9 minutes. After that, things didn’t go as smoothly. He airballed a few jumpers and made a few silly mistakes, but was still running the offense to an at least a passable level. Apparently, none of that was good enough for head coach and rotation extraordinaire Larry Drew, who benched him the entire 4th quarter. Given Teague’s effectiveness in the last 3 close games the Hawks’ had played (Indiana, Miami, and Portland), you would have thought that Drew would have put the reins of the team in the hands of its best playmaker, especially without its best player in general at his disposal. But no. He didn’t. He played Anthony Tolliver instead. 5/10

Kyle Korver: Korver had an excellent first half, connecting on all 5 of his field goal attempts for 14 points. He finished the game with 14 points on 6 attempted field goals. In other words, he was as useful as a dead mongoose in the second half. (But hey the first half was great! Think positive, guys!) 6.5/10

Anthony Tolliver: Ugh. 0-3. 1 rebound. -8. Played more 4th quarter minutes than Jeff Teague. NTTH. 1/10

Devin Harris: It was an atrocious night for Harris as he yet again stole Teag… wait. He didn’t play? Sorry. Force of habit. INC/10

DeShawn Stevenson: He connected on a few spot-ups, but was 1-6 from beyond the arc and didn’t really stop anyone on defense. It wasn’t his worst night, but we’ve all seen better. 4/10

Anthony Morrow: Attempting to escape Coach Drew’s doghouse, Morrow had made the most of his previous two playing opportunities. He wasn’t able to do that against Golden State. His only bucket was an and-1 midrange jumper, but other than that, he was all over the place offensively and defensively as he never found any sort of rhythm on either side of the ball. Given LD’s tendency to bench anything and everything that he likes benching, we probably won’t see Morrow again until February because of tonight. 3/10

Johan Petro: Just…

cop out nope


Mike Scott: The rookie only played 4 minutes in the first half, but at least he’s getting experience. He scored, too! 2/10

Larry Drew: I wanted to give Larry Drew a negative, I really did, but I was worried that someone would skip over the negative sign and maybe think that he got a positive 9 when it was really a negative 9 out of 10. You can’t misconstrue a zero.

What on earth was he doing with rotations? I admit that I’ve always been a little hard on Coach Drew, but how do you not play your best playmaker for the entire 4th quarter and let Anthony Tolliver, DeShawn Stevenson, and Ivan Johnson (I don’t care if he had it going) see the floor, but not Jeff Teague? On top of that, the game was pretty much decided during a stretch in the second quarter when Drew went with a lineup of Lou-Morrow-Scott-Tolliver-Petro for about 5 minutes. The Warriors went up by 6 or 7, and that is how much they led the Hawks almost the entire game. Why would Scott, Tolliver, and Petro ever play on the floor at the same time on any planet, in any country, or in any space-time continuum? That is an absolute defensive nightmare, and it’s a miracle that the Hawks weren’t blown off the court by 40 points in those 5 minutes alone. There’s more I could say, but just take everyone on twitter’s word for it, LD was OFF tonight. 0/10

The opposition: They were okay. The Hawks actually played pretty well on defense, forcing 23 turnovers, but it doesn’t really matter when you can’t run an offense because your point guard is rotting away like a 4-day old apple on a park/NBA bench. Harrison Barnes was huge for Golden State as he not only led them in scoring, but also pulled down 13 rebounds. It was a career night for the rookie out of UNC, and thanks to a huge night on the boards, Golden State was able to pull out a victory. 6/10


Next: Atlanta vs Sacramento, Friday, November 16th

Daniel Christian


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