RECAP: Mavs 118, Hawks 109

Bo Churney —  October 31, 2013


DAL(1-0) 118 – 109 (0-1)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Ellis (DAL): 32 pts, 4 reb, 8 ast
J. Teague (ATL): 24 pts, 2 reb, 8 ast, 4 stls

Going into the season, I would have thought the Hawks would have a harder time acclimating to the new offense than the new defense. Well, the offense looked fine, and the defense wasn’t bad… except for the Mavs nailing every jumper they could take. Noted Hawks killer Vince Carter was hitting circus shots, and Monta Ellis shot 9-for-13 on jumpers outside of the paint. The Hawks defense could still use some adjustments, but it wasn’t as bad as it looked.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: If Al’s going to be the leader of this team, he’s going to have to be more assertive offensively. He only took 12 shots on the night and on a couple of possessions, he passed up open jumpers. Defensively, he was a stud (five steals, four blocks), and most of the Hawks’ defensive problems weren’t related to his play. 6/10

Paul Millsap: If Josh Smith had the mind of Paul Millsap… anyways, Paul had a strong offensive showing (20 points), playing a strong brand of basketball in the paint. He had some trouble guarding Dirk Nowitzki, but then again, who doesn’t have problems doing that? 7.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre had 14 points on the night, mostly from cuts to the basket that resulted in either a bucket or a chance at the foul line. Carroll’s sudden and quick movements off the ball are going to be a huge asset for the Hawks this season, even if that brand of basketball results in some bruises. 7.5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was money for the first two-and-a-half quarters, where he had 20 points, eight assists, and only three turnovers. After that, he was a disaster, committing three more turnovers and constantly getting lost in Dallas’s pick-and-rolls. (he finished with a team worst +/- of minus-24) Teague kept trying to be aggressive, but it just stopped working for him. He showed some promise in the first half on defending the pick-and-roll, but he has to be able to do that for a full game. 7/10

Kyle Korver: Korver didn’t extend his three-point streak until late in the game, but he finally got to 74 straight after hitting a three to make it 102-92 in the fourth. Dallas did a good job of containing Kyle off the ball, as he didn’t have too many good looks on shots. 4/10

Dennis Schröder: In a game where the Hawks were having some issues guarding the pick-and-roll, the team was plus-10 when Dennis was on the floor. Surprise? Probably not. Overall, the young German did well in his debut, scoring five points, dishing five assists, and grabbing four boards. 8/10

Elton Brand: Brand only got 13 minutes in this game, but it’s my opinion that he should have played more. Ideally, the Hawks are going to want two of Brand/Millsap/Horford on the floor as much as possible, at I don’t think that happened here. Brand played well, anchoring the defense and capitalizing on his scoring opportunities. 8/10

Mike Scott: Three fouls in seven minutes… that’s probably not what the Hawks wanted from him here. 2/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier… played extremely well. He scored 17 points off of the bench and did it both from deep and from drives to the basket. I don’t know how often he will have these kind of games, but he could prove to be a real asset if he consistently bring the effort he brought. 8/10

Shelvin Mack and Pero Antic: They didn’t play much and didn’t really do anything… you know what that means? INC/10

Mike Budenholzer: 27 assists on 37 field goals is EXACTLY what Coach Bud is preaching on offense. Defensively, however, there has to be some improvements, starting with the point guard play in the pick-and-roll. (looking at you, Jeff) If that is something that can’t be fixed, we may start to see more of a certain rookie on the floor. 6/10

The opposition: Give them credit, they took some tough shots at times, but they were making them. Dirk did what he usually does, but getting those efforts from Monta and Carter were huge. The Mavs shooting 67.4% true-shooting isn’t sustainable, but they did it tonight, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. 9/10


Next: Atlanta vs. Toronto, Friday, November 1st

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2 responses to RECAP: Mavs 118, Hawks 109

  1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ lol… so much win

  2. zrsly… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ is my face when they go 7-8 on 3s in the 4th. Got put away in this one…