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RECAP: Spurs 105, Hawks :'(

Bo Churney —  January 24, 2014

FINAL

SAS(33-10) 105 – 79 (22-20)ATL    

Key Performers:
T. Duncan (SAS): 17 pts, 16 reb, 2 ast, 4 blk
P. Millsap (ATL): 15 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Both teams were missing key players due to injuries. Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll, and Pero Antic were out for the Hawks and Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Tiago Splitter were sidelined for San Antonio. Both coaches lamented the injuries beforehand, but it appeared like the teams should have been closely matched.

It didn’t work out that way.

San Antonio stormed out to a 27-14 first quarter lead, largely thanks to three threes hit by Patty Mills off the bench in that quarter.

“Coming off the bench,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about Mills, “he really made the spread for us.” Mills finished the game with six threes and 18 points.

Tim Duncan also played a key role defensively in the first quarter, blocking two shots, which doesn’t begin to show his total impact in the quarter. The Hawks shot 6-for-20 from the field, spearheaded by Paul Millsap’s 1-for-6 effort.

Bad things continued to compound for the Hawks, as Jeff Teague left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return and will not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. Teague had been the team’s only bright spot up to that point, scoring nine points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.

“It’s tough,” said Kyle Korver on Teague’s injury. “We have to find a way. The teams we’re playing against aren’t going to feel sorry for us.” Continue Reading…

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 Continue Reading…