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Hawks Collapse in OKC

Bo Churney —  March 21, 2015 — 3 Comments

It was the end of the west coast road trip. The Hawks were down three key rotation players with the absences of Mike Scott, Kyle Korver, and Thabo Sefolosha. And most importantly, individual regular season games are not that vital when you have clinched the division and are likely to take the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.

But boy was this game a stinker.

Russell Westbrook and Anthony Morrow ran wild on the Hawks in the fourth quarter, scoring 27 of Oklahoma City’s 33 fourth quarter points on their way to completing a comeback over Atlanta to win 123-115. Westbrook coordinated a 23-6 run in the quarter that was a result of great execution by Oklahoma City and non-existent execution by the Hawks.

The first half started off extremely hot, as both teams were shooting a high percentage from the field. Even Pero Antic woke up from his shooting slump, tying a career-high 18 points before the half had even ended. Antic finished the game with 22 points, and overall, the Hawks shot 58% in the half and maintained a 68-61 lead into the intermission.

The Hawks started to show some cracks in the third quarter, but were able to keep their lead thanks to some great play from Paul Millsap. Millsap was 4-for-5 from the field in the quarter with nine points, which were enough to keep the Hawks afloat. Millsap finished the game with a line of 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, four steals, and two blocks.

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According to a Brian Windhorst tweet, the Atlanta Hawks have traded shooting guard Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for veteran small forward Dahntay Jones.

The Hawks had been at the center of most trade deadline talks as they were looking to move star power forward Josh Smith. Smith was not traded, and according to Chad Ford, the Hawks pulled out of a three team deal with Milwuakee and Orlando at 2:59 PM, one minute before the NBA’s deadline.

Morrow fell out of Atlanta’s rotation after suffering an injury early in the season, losing most of his minutes to rookie John Jenkins upon his return.

Jenkins’ progress and improved play from the beginning of the season likely made Morrow expendable. With the way the Hawks roster is currently constructed, they were in need of a small forward. Jones must have fit the bill, and while he isn’t a star player, he’s useful enough to crack the rotation. It may not be a big, headlining deadline move, but with GM Danny Ferry keeping Smith on the team for the rest of the season, it’s in his best interest and in the best interest of the team to tweak the roster in anyway that can benefit Atlanta’s play moving towards the playoffs.

Doctors confirmed earlier today that the injury in Lou Williams right knee is a torn ACL. He will miss the rest of the regular season.

Lou had become a great spark plug for the Hawks in his first year here, averaging over 14 points per game (mostly off the bench) on a career-high 3PT%. The injury will be a huge blow to the team, as Lou was 3rd in points and assists.

In his absence, the Hawks will likely rely on John Jenkins and Anthony Morrow, the latter being whenever A-Mo returns from his litany of injuries.

In other news, the Hawks starting lineup for tonight will be Teague, Korver, Smith, Horford, and Pachulia. Devin Harris will come off the bench to serve as the 2nd team’s primary ball-handler. DeShawn Stevenson is out after receiving a cortisone injection in his knee on before the game against Brooklyn. Horford will have no minutes limit after missing yesterday’s game.

For the Spurs, Manu Ginobili is out with a hamstring injury. Duncan is also being held out for rest.

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I did a podcast with Portland Roundball Society’s Sean Highkin; you can click here to check it out.

We go over many topics, including why Anthony Morrow and Jeff Teague should be playing more, why Josh Smith is still struggling, and whether or not the Hawks will be able to contain Portland wing Nicolas Batum. Why are you still reading this, go listen to it!

FINAL

MIA(5-1) 95 – 89 (2-2) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 20 pts, 3 rebs, 11 asts, 1 blk
L. James (MIA): 21 pts, 11 rebs, 9 asts, 1 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks trailed by 9 points midway through the 4th quarter, but a run fueled by Jeff Teague and Al Horford put the Hawks in position to win the game. However, a few questionable calls and some shaky defense led to a LeBron James dagger with 13 seconds to go, sealing a Heat win.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford:  He attempted only 9 shots and didn’t even shoot a free throw, although he did have some nice high-low action with Josh Smith. The offense needs to start running through him more than it runs through Smith, though. It’s just that simple. And that’s on Larry Drew. 6/10

Josh Smith: It was a disaster night for Smith, who went 6-19 from the field and 1-5 from the line. Even when he wasn’t shooting jumpers (which he of course did his fair share of), he was struggling to make anything around the hoop. His frustration was visible by the end of the game, but it was just an all-around off night for J-Smoove. 3/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza was effectively neutralized on the boards, pulling down only 4 rebounds in his limited 14 minutes of action. He seemed to be overmatched defensively and never found his niche in the game. He was called for a technical early in the 4th and didn’t receive any grace from the zebras after that.   2/10

Anthony Morrow: Coach Drew has seemed reluctant to play him so far this season, but he shouldn’t feel that way after tonight. Morrow was unconscious from all over the floor, and if it wasn’t for him and Teague, the Hawks probably would have lost by 30. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Teague played a nearly flawless game, scoring 20 points on 7-8 shooting and racking up 11 assists as he picked Miami’s transition defense apart. It’s too bad he had to ruin his perfect 7-7 night from the field with a pointless runner as time expired. Does it matter, though? He was fantastic. 10/10

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