RECAP: Hawks 97, Magic 88

Bo Churney —  March 30, 2013

FINAL

ORL(19-55) 88 – 97 (41-33)ATL

Key Performers:
I. Johnson (ATL): 21 pts, 10 reb, 3 stl
N. Vucevic (ORL): 17 pts, 15 reb, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

With only 10 players available, the Hawks were eventually able to outwork the lesser Magic team, and capture their 41st win of the season. Ivan Johnson stepped up in place of Al Horford, who was sitting a second straight game with a stomach illness. Larry Drew credited Ivan in postgame, saying “[Ivan] brought a very high level of energy and intensity that I thought really got us going.”

Despite the ugly game, the win does give the Hawks a .500 season for the fifth consecutive season. The win was also the Hawks’ 10th straight over Orlando.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Believe it or not, Josh Smith is actually capable of having good games. He worked to get some good looks inside the paint in this one, although he was extremely wild with his passing. Credit his defense to forcing Tobias Harris into a bad night, which went well with his three blocks. And, wait for it… HE WENT 7-FOR-9 FROM THE FREE THROW LINE!8.5/10

Ivan Johnson: Watch this. It’s Ivan’s interview after the game. It is also probably the greatest thing ever. Ivan tied his career-high in points tonight with 21, and added 10 rebounds with it to give him his first 20-10 game of his career. He was originally supposed to be in the starting lineup, but coach Drew later changed the lineup to bring Ivan’s energy off the bench. The plan worked, as Ivan sparked the team when they appeared to be in dire straights in the first quarter. He also did this to poor Kyle O’Quinn. 10/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff had a bad night and he was visibly outplayed by both Devin Harris and Shelvin Mack. It wasn’t exactly the “Passive Teague” that we’ve seen in the past, it was just that Orlando did a good job of trying to keep him out of his comfort zone. He missed a few shots early, and then the Magic made an effort to cut off the passing lanes. Of course, considering that Jeff gets a lot of assists for the pick-and-roll with Al Horford, his absence didn’t exactly help. 3/10

Devin Harris: Devin was the Hawks’ fourth quarter, and was the reason Atlanta was able to pull away. He had 13 points in the final period, including two three-pointers. However, he’s still having trouble with his free throws, as his 5-for-9 performance tonight only added to his season-long woes. He’s still shooting 70% from the stripe on the season, but that’s down from his career number of 80%. 8/10

Kyle Korver: There start to come a point in this streak were I wonder how aware the team is of it. (it’s at 67 now, by the way) Kyle got his three in the second quarter, but then he didn’t play the entirety of the fourth quarter. I’m interested in what would happen if Kyle didn’t have a three in a game where the Hawks were blowing out an opponent. Would they put him in and let him get shots up? Either way, he can probably easily avoid that situation by staying out of foul trouble, which is why he was limited on minutes in this one. 5/10

Johan Petro: He got the start, but he didn’t get the finish, which is probably the best for the Hawks. Petro did have four offensive rebounds, but he also let Vucevic take advantage of him a couple of times on the other end. Of course, we also know that Johan’s offensive game isn’t that spectacular, but he did have a rather nice reverse dunk in this game, so I’ll give him a bonus point for HIGHLIGHTS! 5/10

Dahntay Jones: Apparently, he played 13 minutes. I didn’t notice. 2/10

Anthony Tolliver: Tolliver could have really busted this apart in the fourth quarter, but he missed a few open threes that kept the game in question for a bit. Overall, he had an okay night, but he didn’t do any noteworthy. 4/10

Shelvin Mack: Considering that Teague wasn’t having his best game, the 21 minutes that Mack played were HUGE. Like most of the guys, he didn’t do anything overly flashy, but he hit a couple of timely buckets that prevented the Hawks from getting completely stagnant in the halfcourt. 6/10

Mike Scott: After having a career game against Boston, I’m confused to why he only played 37 seconds. I mean, the team didn’t necessarily need him in this one, but I just thought he deserved some playing time with the way he played the day before. INC/10

Larry Drew: He had ten players to work with, so it’s hard to find extreme fault with any rotational issues. Drew stated after the game that he was concerned with this team’s effort and said that he thought his team might be getting too tired. Fortunately for the Hawks, they will start to get some breathers before the playoffs start, as their 18-game March will be followed up by eight games over the next 19 days. 7/10

The opposition: This team is really bad. I get that some of their players were injured, but… they know how to tank. I hope they wisely use the top three draft pick that they are probably going to get. And even after that pick, they will likely still be bad enough to be in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes. Lucky them. 4/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs Cleveland, Monday, April 1st

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