RECAP: Hawks 97, Bobcats 83

Bo Churney —  March 18, 2014


CHA(33-35) 83 – 97 (30-35)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 28 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk
K. Walker (CHA): 20 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast

I said before the game that the key to beating Charlotte was going to be hitting open three-pointers, which the Hawks did not do in the first quarter. Predictably, they were down by six points after one period as they opened the game shooting 4-for-13 from behind the arc. (4-for-12 in the first quarter, then they missed their first attempt in the second) However, the Hawks then hit six of their next nine from three-point land in a stretch over the second and third quarters, allowing Atlanta to take a decisive lead that they would not let go of. The team finished the game with 13 triples on 34 attempts (38.2%) from seven players as they moved four games ahead of the New York Knicks for the eight spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap was a man among boys on the night, scoring both inside and out with both power and grace. At one point between the second and third quarters, Millsap scored 13 points consecutive points for the Hawks. The big man ended with 28 points on 60% shooting in just 34 minutes, which is one of the more efficient offensive efforts that the Hawks have gotten from him in a while. 9/10

Jeff Teague: I thought that one of the Hawks’ biggest issues in the first half was Jeff Teague being passive and turning the ball over too much. (he had three turnovers at half) Jeff ended the game with just three turnovers. See why the Hawks did better on offense in the second half? Jeff didn’t do well shooting the ball, but he did have nine assists and was even active on the boards with six rebounds. 8/10

Pero Antic: Pero notched his second career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on the night. Antic was 3-for-7 from behind the arc, which just gives the Hawks a huge spacing advantage that very few teams can match. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: Only 1-for-5 from behind the arc from DeMarre, but we did see an increase in cutting action from him on offense, which is always a lot of fun to watch when plays are executed correctly. Outside of that, it was a relatively quiet night for the Junkyard Dog. 7.5/10

Kyle Korver: An off shooting night for Korver, but like DeMarre, he did a lot of little things to contribute. Only 10 points, for Kyle, but he had nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Good thing he’s actually more than just a shooter, right? 7.5/10

Elton Brand: Al Jefferson was just 6-for-15 from the field and a lot of that is a credit to Elton. (some credit to Pero, more to Elton really) In just 16 minutes of action, Elton scored four points, nabbed seven rebounds, and blocked three shots, giving the Hawks a defensive presence they needed after a shaky start to the game. 8/10

Shelvin Mack: The bench was absolutely awful last game, so I’m glad that I get to talk about how well they did in this game. That starts with Shelvin, who had eight assists against one turnover in his night off the pine. He took a couple of ill-advised threes that I wasn’t a huge fan of, but overall, he gave the offense some power in the first half when Teague wasn’t doing it and then he gave a nice complementary effort in the second half when Teague was on his game. 8.5/10

Dennis Schröder: Dennis did have three fouls in just 13 minutes, one of which really should have been an offensive foul on Luke Ridnour, but that’s not the point; the point is that in those 13 minutes, Dennis did not turn the ball over. Scoring wise, he hit a three and a nice and-one layup, but the important part is the turnovers, because the fewer mistakes he makes, the more time he’s going to get and the more he’s going to learn. 7.5/10

Mike Scott: So Robert Silverman came up with the idea of nicknaming Mike Scott “Falcon” and you know that Robby Kalland and I are going to make that happen now. So there’s your warning. For the game, Mike missed both of his three-point attempts, but he did have a nice combination of several layups and floaters near the basket. “Falcon floaters” even! (I’m so sorry, that’s terrible, but I’m sticking with it) 7/10

Coach Budenholzer: The team took 34 three-pointers, which means that Bud is good at his job (duh) in recognizing that the Cats aren’t good at guarding the perimeter shot. Good win for the Hawks on the road, where they have struggled all season. 9/10

The opposition: Summary of Charlotte’s night:



Next: Atlanta vs Toronto, Tuesday, March 18th

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One response to RECAP: Hawks 97, Bobcats 83

  1. What is up with Lou Williams? Bad defense, bad attitude, or just better chemistry w/o him? I think they will need him if they are really interested in playoff position, or could he be someone packaged in a trade?