RECAP: Raptors 113, Hawks 96

Chris Barnewall —  April 16, 2013 — 1 Comment

FINAL

TOR(33-48) 113 – 96 (44-37)ATL    

Key Performers:
S. Mack (ATL): 11 pts, 3 reb, 5 asts
D. DeRozan (TOR): 30 pts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Tonight’s game against the Raptors was changed to a national TV game when the game between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers was cancelled. This was an opportunity for the Hawks to change the image they have among fans as a boring team. Did they succeed? Nope, not even close. The team decided to rest Al Horford, play starters minimal minutes, and had a, forgive the cliche, lack of energy on the court. The Hawks played some of the worst defense I’ve ever seen with the Raptors scoring 68 points IN THE FIRST HALF.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith only played in the 1st half and sadly that didn’t really matter. When Smith was in the game his defensive impact was minimal and his offensive impact was pedestrian. Smith had 6 points, 1 FT, and a 3 pointer. 3/10

Kyle Korver: One of the lone bright spots for the Hawks tonight was from Kyle Korver. Korver went 5/7 from the field and drained three 3 pointers. His off ball movement was great as usual and he managed to avoid being streaky. However, on defense there was a point where Korver had to cover Rudy Gay and I’m pretty sure we were all worried for Korver’s well being. Defense, still not his strong suit. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see too much of him tonight, but when we did see him, he was playing well. 7/10

Johan Petro: You could easily argue that Petro was the second best player tonight out of the starters; this is not a reflection of how “well” he played. He was able to grab a few offensive boards and got a few easy buckets, but not much else from Johan. 5/10

Devin Harris: Harris was awful tonight. Harris didn’t help the team at all when he was on the court and in some ways he hurt it. Harris was slow on defense (are you beginning to notice a theme?) and probably just as slow on offense. Harris didn’t push the pace at all and sometimes made it even slower leading to possessions where they weren’t in there sets until way late in the shot clock. He didn’t even help with his shooting going 2/8 from the field. To cap it all off, he received a flagrant foul when he hip-checked John Lucas III. 2/10

Jeff Teague: Teague probably could have been better tonight. While he didn’t hurt the team too much he didn’t greatly help them either. He was able to pass his way to 9 assists but his shooting wasn’t too stellar going 2/5 from the field. The assists are nice but it would have been nice to see him try and change the game up a little. 5/10

John Jenkins: WOOF! Jenkins took 12 shots tonight and only made 2 of them. Had no positive impacts what so ever and was the first player to start the headband mutiny that took place tonight. OBVIOUSLY HE’S NOT A TEAM PLAYER! 1/10

Shelvin Mack: Shelvin had a very nice night shooting and a solid night passing. Mack went 4/5 from the field with 11 points and he even dropped 5 dimes. Not a gigantic impact, but a solid game. 7/10

Mike Scott: Scott had a double-double tonight which is good. Only problem is it took him 15 shots to get those 11 points. Scott, like everybody else it seems, didn’t really do much if anything on defense, the double digit rebounds are nice however. 4/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan Johnson did Ivan Johnson things. He got double digit rebounds and seemed to have the most effort out of anybody on the court. Not a great game, but an okay one for Johnson. 6/10

Anthony Tolliver: He did nothing offensively, but he did have three boards and a couple of nice defensive plays. 4/10

Dahntay Jones: Jones was okay. Nothing to really complain about but nothing to praise him over, either. 5/10

Larry Drew: For Drew it really depends on how you look at this game. If you look at this game with the perspective of “The team wanted to rest” then he was very successful in doing that. Horford didn’t play a single minute, Smith didn’t play the 2nd half, and nobody on the team played major minutes. That’s how I looked at the game and, as such, Drew gets a high score. 8/10

The opposition: The Raptors out played the Hawks in every way. They had more energy, played faster, and had complete control of the game. Rudy Gay scored 22 points, but the huge game came from DeMar DeRozan, who scored 30 points and just seemed to move through the Hawks defense effortlessly. 8/10

 

Next: Atlanta at New York, Wednesday, April 17th

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One response to RECAP: Raptors 113, Hawks 96

  1. Yep, the Hawks gave this one away on purpose, no doubt about it. LD wants that 6 seed. And he’s right to want it, too, Indy’s been playing way worse than Brooklyn recently. Avoiding Miami in the second round (not to mention a slightly higher draft pick) is just the icing on the cake.

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