RECAP: Knicks 106, Hawks 104

Bo Churney —  January 28, 2013

FINAL

NYK(27-15) 106 – 104 (25-19)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 27 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast
C. Anthony (NYK): 42 pts, 5 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This one is going to sting for the Hawks. They shot 60% from the field, over 40% from three, and were 16-20 from the line… but lost. The team committed 19 turnovers, with Horford uncharacteristically being the biggest offender with five. The Hawks had their chance and were leading late, but committed too many mistakes with the game on the line, including getting too close to Carmelo on a drive that resulted in a “foul”. Few calls seemed to benefit the Hawks in this one, with a key miss happening in the first quarter; Jannero Pargo was called for a clear-path foul on J.R. Smith in a situation in which he was clearly ahead of Smith. Then, Smith hit both of the free throws and knocked down an open jumper to give the Knicks a critical four-point swing.

Of course, it’s also hard to win when Carmelo is hitting from here.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: We see all of the facets of Josh’s game in this one. He took head-scratching shots (and made some), dominated inside, and made some key turnovers. Overall, he did well, hitting 9/16 from the field, but missing the potential game-winning three on the last possession. I will talk more about Josh from this game in a later post. 8/10

Al Horford: Al made all eight of his shots in this one, which was somewhat limited due to foul trouble. He was clearly irate with the foul calling in this one, which seems to be becoming increasingly common from the usually stoic Horford. However, his real mistakes hurt, as he missed both of his free throw tries, and turned the ball over five times. 7.5/10

DeShawn Stevenson: After only going 1-8 in his last game, DeShawn went 4-6 from behind the arc in this one, and had another play were he converted an and-one. (I know, right?) Of course, he also drew the unfortunate task of guarding Carmelo for several stretches, which is something he probably wishes he had done a little bit better. (he did well for the most part, but also helped off of Melo a couple of times while he was on fire) 7/10

Kyle Korver: He had to start missing at some point, right? Only 3-8 from the field in this one, but was 5-5 from the line, and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. 5/10

Jeff Teague: One of his best games of the season will probably go unnoticed because of Carmelo’s explosion, and because he somewhat disappeared late in the game. He had 27 points, five boards, six assists, and was the biggest factor for this being a tie game at halftime. Unfortunately, he really couldn’t get anything going in the fourth quarter (credit to an ailing Tyson Chandler) and made a couple of turnovers. 8/10

Zaza Pachulia: Had a few boards and a nifty layup, but was a victim of being left without any help in the lineups he was in. Also, have the guys not learned that Z has problems with catching hard or unexpected passes? It’s hard to blame him for his turnovers when the guys keep rocketed the ball right at him. 5/10

Devin Harris: Back-to-back lackluster games from Devin, but at least was somewhat active on defense like he was in the game against the Celtics. Also, I understand he’s not getting as many chances there as usually, but what is up with his rebounding? He split his only tries in this one (which actually turned into a positive, but that’s not the point), and is shooting 67% on the year from the stripe. He’s a career 80% free throw shooter. 3/10

John Jenkins: Five minutes, no shots. Not exactly the strategy you usually draw up for a shooter. 2/10

Ivan Johnson: It’s hard to knock someone for lack of rebounds in this game (no one missed!), but I do know this: Ivan was in with a terrible lineup, and managed to score eight points, and grabbed a key offensive rebound that turned into a Zaza Pachulia layup. 6/10

Jannero Pargo: Reference: Jenkins, John, only with a turnover added. 1/10

Larry Drew: I know LD usually only shows the Josh-Al pick-and-roll at rare times so he can use it effectively out of timeouts, but it really needs to be used more in the Hawks offense. It would have made a nice play when the game was on the line, but the Hawks ran a double-screen for Teague that resulted in a busted-play. Otherwise, his biggest mistake in this one was the rotation; I know you have to get Josh, Al, and Jeff rest, but it’s hard to have them all off the floor when Devin isn’t having a great game. You just can’t get away with it. 6/10

The opposition: They shot 55% in this one, which was largely a function of Melo hitting everything and giving his teammates better looks because of the increased attention his way. Stoudemire looked a little more spry in this one, and made a few key offensive rebounds. The one thing that I don’t understand, though, is why Shumpert wasn’t guarding Jeff when Jeff was making everything. That was perplexing. 9/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs Toronto, Wednesday, January 30th

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