RECAP: Pacers 108, Hawks 98

Bo Churney —  February 19, 2014 — 1 Comment

FINAL

IND(41-12) 108 – 98 (25-27)ATL    

Key Performers:
P. George (IND): 26 pts, 2 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl
K. Korver (ATL): 19 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I guess there is some solace to be taken in that the Hawks were even in this game in the fourth quarter? The Pacers started off red-hot from the field, making 13 of their first 14 shot attempts. At one point in the first quarter, Indiana led the Hawks 31-9. The Hawks battled back to make it a 56-49 game at half, however, largely behind the efforts of Shelvin Mack and Lou Williams off of the bench. Coach Bud’s squad was essentially able to keep it in single-digits until the fourth quarter, when the massive amount of turnovers (22) finally allowed the Pacers to take a substantial lead with very little time remaining. The Pacers scored 35 points off of those 22 ATL turnovers. The Hawks are now on a six game losing streak and this game against Indiana was the first of a four-game/five-night set for Atlanta.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: At one point, I thought things couldn’t get worse for Millsap in this game… but then Gustavo Ayon got injured, leaving Elton Brand as the team’s only healthy center. This meant that Millsap was often matched up against Roy Hibbert, who is just simply to big for Millsap to cover without expending all of his energy. Paul finished with just seven points on 10 shots and simply looked overwhelmed. 3/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier got the start for the injured DeMarre Carroll and he actually had a decent night. He didn’t score that much until the fourth quarter, but his major weakness (defense) really wasn’t exposed too much by Paul George and the Pacer attack. Yes, George had 26 points, but a few of those makes were on rather tough shots that George managed to knock down. We also got to see Cartier finish the game at power forward because the Hawks were simply that parched for big men after Ayon’s injury. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Korver had three turnovers, which was partially because Jeff Teague didn’t really feel like playing point guard tonight. Off of that, Korver hit 5-for-7 from three-point range and was a large reason why the Hawks were able to turn the 22 point Indiana lead into just a single-digit deficit. 7.5/10

Jeff Teague: Usually players are excited to be playing back in their hometown. Teague takes on the opposite persona. Jeff looked extremely passive all night and the result was that the Hawks played a lot better when either Shelvin Mack or Lou Williams were running the point. I know part of Teague’s struggles are related to the absence of Al Horford, but he’s been consistently outplayed by Shelvin for the better part of two months now. This is probably why, as Zach Lowe commented the other day, Danny Ferry isn’t exactly in love with Jeff Teague’s contract anymore. 1/10

Gustavo Ayon: Can the Hawks get a center that can consistently make a layup? Both Ayon and Brand had trouble finishing near the rim in this one. Gustavo’s night was cut short, however, as a rather impressive block that he made on Roy Hibbert caused him to injure his shoulder. His status is currently unknown. 3/10

Elton Brand: Brand had problems finishing, but at least he got the offensive board on some of his misses. Other than that, his night was so hot. He missed all three of his free throw attempts and he couldn’t get a foul call to go his way to save his life. 5/10

Mike Scott: The Hawks were left with Mike Scott guarding David West for large portions of the game and Mike surprisingly held his own against the bigger and stronger Pacer frontcourt. Mike tallied up 13 points, seven rebounds, and an assist, where is passing game actually wasn’t accurately reflected; Scott had a few nice passes in the paint that resulted in botched layups. 7/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack played college at nearby Butler University, and at least he looked excited to be back near his old stomping grounds. Shelvin is a great backup point guard and he should not be relied on to try and orchestrate the Hawks’ offense through the starting Indiana defense like it was the case for a large part of the second half. 11 points, six rebounds, and eight assists for Shelvin on the night, who was probably the biggest reason the Hawks even had a shot in this game. 8/10

Lou Williams: Lou left the game in the second half due to a migraine headache, which is really unfortunate because he was having one of his best games of the season. Lou put up 18 points on just nine shots before he was forced to exit the game. Lou expects to be available on Wednesday night against the Wizards. 8/10

Dennis Schröder: He only played eight minutes in garbage time; I really don’t think that was enough to warrant a grade. He didn’t play so hot in those eight minutes, though. INC/10

Mike Budenhozler: I don’t know what else he could have done in this game. He simply didn’t have the bodies on the bench to really make any decisions. This six-game losing streak may get worse on Wednesday, as the Hawks could be without Ayon and DeMarre Carroll once again… and, you know, that’s on top of Al Horford and Pero Antic being injured, too. 6/10

Opposition: Hibbert didn’t have that great of a night — he never really does have good nights against Atlanta — but George, West, and Stephenson did just enough to put this game out of reach mid-way through the fourth quarter. 8/10

Next: Atlanta vs Washington, Wednesday, February 19th

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One response to RECAP: Pacers 108, Hawks 98

  1. Demaree is the only defender on the squad and we lack athleticism at every position except pg. Teague is the only above average nba athlete on the team and he plays no defense. Until we start defending i dont see being above 500.

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