RECAP: Rockets 113, Hawks LOL

Bo Churney —  November 28, 2013

FINAL

HOU(11-5) 113 – 84 (8-8) ATL    

Key Performers:
A. Brooks (HOU): 21 pts, 2 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl
A. Horford (ATL): 14 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Rockets were without James Harden, and then Jeremy Lin after he left the game in the first quarter due to injury. Didn’t matter, as the Rockets routed the Hawks with a barrage of three-pointers. Aaron Brook and Francisco Garcia each scored 21 off of the bench, and Houston scored 36 points in the fourth quarter to close the game out. The Hawks may have been without Kyle Korver, Lou Williams, and Shelvin Mack, but losing by 29 to a Rockets team that was playing without Harden and Lin isn’t an ideal result. I guess this does help show how important Korver’s spacing is to this team. The Hawks have now lost three straight games.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al did his best on Dwight Howard, and the Rockets big man only had 11 points and eight rebounds. However, Horford didn’t do too much on the offensive end, scoring 14 points on 14 shots, many of which were wide open jumpers that he needs to be hitting at a better clip. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Not a good night for Teague. He was killed defensively, and his offense just wasn’t there. He was 0-for-5 from the field in the first quarter, and he didn’t take a shot after that point. He did have six assists and probably should have had a few more, but he definitely wasn’t able to attack the rim as effectively with Howard and Asik manning the paint for the Rockets. 5/10

Paul Millsap: Millsap was battling foul trouble for some of the night, but when he was in, he was doing his best to take advantage of Terrence Jones and Omri Casspi. Millsap had 16 points on just 10 shots and he was dominating on the block. He did have a few head-scratching turnovers in this game, but he was definitely the most effect Hawk on offense. 6.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: 2-for-8 from the field is not what you want from DeMarre. The Hawks have weirdly been running pick-and-rolls for DeMarre lately, and it’s effective sometimes… but a lot of times it is ending up with DeMarre taking weird looking floaters in the lane, which is really a shot I only want Jeff Teague or Lou Williams to take. 4/10

Cartier Martin: Starting in Kyle’s place, Cartier was actually effective in being the team’s go-to three-point shooter. Cartier scored 14 points, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc. Defensively, he was… you know what, everyone was awful defensively. Just assume that for each following player unless I note otherwise. 7/10

Dennis Schröder: Dennis finally got some extended playing time again, and he showed some good things. He had a few nice passes in the pick-and-roll, and he had a very nice coast-to-coast layup in the second half. Of course, he did still have his rookie mistakes, including four turnovers. 5/10

Mike Scott: Mike “Mike Scott” Scott was definitely the most effective big-man off the bench. He scored nine points, made three free throws, but he missed both three-point attempts that he took. 5.5/10

John Jenkins: John Jenkins did good stuff! He took 12 shots, but he scored 13 points and added three assists and three rebounds. Like Schröder, he also had four turnovers, which isn’t ideal from a backup shooting guard that is making a lot of his living off of spot ups. 4/10

Gustavo Ayon: What is the best way to make use of your nine minutes of play? Five fouls sounds pretty effective… or not. 3/10

Elton Brand: With how much the team has struggled defensively the past two games, what is it going to take for Elton to get some meaningful minutes on the floor? He got six minutes against Houston. I don’t know if he would have made that big of a difference, but hell, you might as well try it. INC/10

Mike Budenholzer: You can’t really fault a coach for the way he plays his rotations when the team was without three players. However, I’m still not sure why there are ever points in a game where both Millsap and Horford are off the floor for an extended period of time, especially if Teague isn’t on the floor during that time. Who is expected to score in those situations? Cartier Martin? Good luck with that. 4/10

The opposition: They executed their game plan perfected. Either pound the ball inside or shoot three-pointers. On the night, they shot 14-for-27 from behind the arc, which is what buried the Hawks in the end. 9/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs. Dallas, Friday, November 29th

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