RECAP: Hawks 96, Pistons 89

Bo Churney —  November 23, 2013

FINAL

DET(4-8) 89 – 96 (8-5)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 18 pts, 6 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
A. Drummond (DET): 15 pts, 16 reb, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks swept the home-and-home series against the Pistons, winning Friday night by a score of 96-89. The Hawks were really in control for the entire game, even though the Pistons led for a brief period of time in the fourth quarter. Jeff Teague had another masterful night running the offense and Al Horford got his double-double steelo back by recording 17 points and 11 boards. Josh Smith had another awful game for the Pistons, as he went 0-for-7 from the field with zero points off the bench. With this win, the Hawks are currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: After going eight straight games without double-digit rebounds, Al grabbed 11 on Friday night to end that streak. Al had the highest plus-minus rating on the night, registering a plus-14. He was great defensively and his offense was equally impressive, as his and Teague’s running of the pick-and-roll was a large part of the Atlanta offense, even if the stats didn’t show up for Al in the box score. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Jennings did rack up 14 assists, but Jeff was definitely better on defense on Friday than he was in Wednesday’s matchup; Jennings was 4-for-16 from the field. On offense, Jeff was masterful once again, putting up 18 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. At this point in the season, it’s really hard to say there are a lot of point guards out there that are better than running an offense than Jeff Teague. Oh, and he had an amazing chase-down block on Brandon Jennings, but I can’t seem to find a good video of that. 9/10

Paul Millsap: When was the last time Millsap led the team in minutes? Well, he got 34 on the night and produced 14 points and seven rebounds. Otherwise, I’m not really sure what else to say about him… his production was solid, but very quiet. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre was all over the place in the fourth quarter. In that quarter alone, he had nine points, three offensive rebounds, and three steals. When the Pistons got ahead for a moment in the fourth, it was really DeMarre’s activity on both ends of the floor that allowed the Hawks to pull back ahead and stay ahead. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Something something streak, something something 86 games. Kyle was hot on the night, hitting four of his six attempts from beyond the arc. Korver scored 14 points in the game and his true-shooting percentage is up to 72.6%, which leads all qualified NBA players. 8/10

Shelvin Mack: The Hawks offense noticeably got worse when Shelvin was running things instead of Jeff. Of course, Jeff can be that good a lot of time, but Shelvin really struggled, turning the ball over three times in just 19 minutes. 5/10

Mike Scott: Mike Scott for sixth man of the year! Who’s with me?!? Oh… nobody else? Well anyways, Mike scored nine points and had four rebounds in another solid effort off the bench. He also hit two three pointers, which is good for Mike, because it validates his ability to stretch the floor out to that length. 7/10

Gustavo Ayon: The Goose wasn’t so loose in this game. Ayon didn’t do anything particularly bad, but he wasn’t a stud out on the court either. He was a minus-seven on the night, but part of that was due to Coach Bud’s weird eccentricity as of late that involves playing the entire second unit all at once. 6/10

John Jenkins: John Jenkins actually did stuff! He was only 2-for-6 from the field, but he wasn’t a complete defensive liability and he was able to grab five rebounds in 18 minutes. That last figure may not sound that important, but Budenholzer has been preaching how his guards need to be able to swoop in on the defensive boards. Those five rebounds realistically could have earned John some more playing time. 6/10

Cartier Martin: You know how great Cartier looked at the start of the season? Yeah, he’s playing like the opposite of that lately. With Jenkins apparently back in the rotation and Lou Williams on the recovery, you have to start wondering how long Cartier will remain in the rotation. 2/10

Mike Budenholzer: Coach Bud did it again with that weird second unit lineup and I’m liking it less and less with each passing game. Maybe when Lou Williams is back at full strength, it won’t be so bad, but the Hawks need someone on the court that can score. As much as I like Mike Scott, I don’t know if you want him as your number one scoring option on the floor for extended periods of time. 7.5/10

The opposition: So Josh Smith didn’t start, he went 0-for-7 from the field, and his replacement in the lineup, Kyle Singler, scored 22 points. Yeah, things aren’t looking so good for the former Atlanta Hawk. 5.5/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs Boston, Saturday, November 23rd

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