RECAP: Spurs 102, Hawks 100

Bo Churney —  December 3, 2013

FINAL

SAS(15-3) 102 – 100 (9-10) ATL

Key Performers:
T. Duncan (SAS): 23 pts, 21 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
A. Horford (ATL): 18 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This one was definitely a heartbreaker for the Hawks. After trailing for much of the game, the Hawks were able to grab a lead in the third quarter. However, the Spurs went on a 21-5 run at the end the of the third and beginning of the fourth to separate themselves. But the Hawks fought back and eventually tied the game with 4.7 seconds left after a three from Jeff Teague. However, Tim Duncan just too much, as he hit the game winning jumper on a pindown play with 0.4 seconds left to lift San Antonio the victory.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: The Boss was the best player on the floor for the Hawks on the night, but I had the feeling that there was still more things he could of done. He defense was good, but he and the Hawks were worked on the boards throughout the game. Obviously rebounding is a team effort, but a couple of plays stick out where Al should have been able to secure the defensive board, but he just fumbled the ball to the Spurs. Very costly in a two-point game. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Going up against Tony Parker isn’t easy, and Jeff did a very respectable job. His defense wasn’t too bad, and Jeff finally had some touch from behind the arc, going 3-for-4 on three-pointers. The Spurs defense didn’t allow him as many opportunities in the lane as one would want from Jeff, but he still had 19 points, seven assists, and four free throws on the night. A good job overall. 8/10

Paul Millsap: Millsap may have hit a couple of very clutch three-pointers to give the Hawks a chance to steal one, but his overall night was brutal. he was 6-for-20 from the floor and he was outplayed by Tim Duncan in nearly every facet of the game. Splitter and Duncan played very well on Millsap inside and Paul’s jumpers didn’t fall enough to make up for that. Tough night, even with the 14 boards. 5/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre scored the Hawks’ first seven points and finished with a very strong stat line of 17 points, eight rebounds, and two assists. He did a good job defensively with keeping Parker and Leonard – his primary assignments on defense – in check. That said, I’m still annoyed by his transition game; DeMarre in transition sounds like it should be great, ala Corey Brewer, but DeMarre often tries to handle the ball too much, which should be a no-no in this offense. Not only is it a pass-heavy offense, but out of all of the guys in the starting lineup, DeMarre should be the last guy trying to run the break. 7.5/10

Lou Williams: The Hawks really need Lou’s minutes restriction to be lifted soon. Not because Lou lit it up in this game (he was 5-for-14 from the field), but because Cartier Martin isn’t exactly the option you want out there when you have Lou Williams idling around. On the topic of this game, Lou was 0-for-6 on threes, most of which were open looks. Part of that could be attributed to the rehab, but Lou shooting that poorly is an anomaly; 10 points and four assists (no turnovers) under those circumstances is still good. 6.5/10

Shelvin Mack: The bench unit had an overall brutal night against San Antonio. (shocking, right?) Shelvin wasn’t too bad though, but per the usual, he just can’t run the offense as well as Jeff can. In 20 minutes, he didn’t make many mistakes, but he didn’t do much to help, either. 6/10

Elton Brand: Elton got some extended time (well, 13 minutes is extended time for him) and he was effective. He had six points and four rebounds and was able to keep the Atlanta defense in check. 6.5/10

Mike Scott: And here’s where the Atlanta bench starts to go to downhill. Mike Scott has had some great games this season. This was not one of them. Mike was brutalized on the defensive side of floor, allowed Boris Diaw to become an X-Factor for the Spurs. Single game plus-minus usually isn’t the best indicator of how a player did, but Mike’s minus-13 on the night is one of those times where it is; he was just awful. 1/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier had five fouls in 20 minutes. He was also often guarding Manu Ginobili. Do the math. 3/10

Coach Budenholzer: Considering that the team was without Kyle Korver, the Hawks gave a very good effort in San Antonio. Losing is never fun, but a lot of good things can be taken out of this game, such as the strong efforts from Horford and Teague, and that the shooting woes of Lou and Millsap didn’t really cost the game for the Hawks. 8/10

The opposition: Tim. Duncan. Like, I don’t really know what else to say at this point. At 37, he put up 20-20 and a game-winner. The big-man was incredible. 9/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs LA Clippers, Wednesday, December 4th

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