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FINAL

WAS(26-28) 114 – 97 (25-28)ATL  

Key Performers:
J. Wall (WAS): 21 pts, 5 reb, 12 ast
P. Millsap (ATL): 21 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This was essentially a repeat of the Indiana game on Tuesday, and as you know, that’s not a good thing. The Hawks allowed the Wizards to lead by as many as 20 in the first half, most of which was because of the open shots the Wizards were getting. Washington did a good job at forcing the Atlanta defense to collapse, meaning that Brad Beal, Trevor Ariza, and Martell Webster got a plethora of open looks. John Wall hit a few threes, too, which might as well signal that you’re not going to win. (Wall is a career 29% three-point shooter) At the end of the third quarter, Ariza hit a three-quarter-court heave at the buzzer to give the Wizards an eight-point lead that really killed the Hawks’ comeback effort. The Hawks had the Wizards lead down to one near the end of the third, but that Ariza shot just zapped the team of any momentum. The Hawks have now lost seven in a row and remain in massive injury trouble before the 3PM trade deadline.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Millsap wasn’t as good as the stat line above may indicate. He didn’t play bad, but he missed a lot of open looks that definitely could have changed the tide of this game. The and-one finishes were nice and everything, but sometimes Paul needs to knock down the easy ones, too. 7.5/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier started again for the injured DeMarre Carroll and he didn’t have much of an impact against the Wizards. With Ariza guarding him, Cartier really had trouble finding open looks and really couldn’t do much to dribble out of the situation. Credit the Wizards for the strong defensive effort here. 4/10

Kyle Korver: Sort of ditto for Korver on the good Washington defense. Of course, Korver is a lot better than Cartier at getting shots up, so Kyle was able to knock down a couple of threes and extend his three-point streak to 122 games. Other than that, he wasn’t really too effective. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Teague had a stretch in both the second and third quarters that reminded us why the Hawks gave him $32 million. He was aggressive with trying to get into the lane and was willing to put a shot up. Outside of those stretches, however, he was fairly awful. He finished with 16 points on 16 shots and only five assists. He did leave the game late with an ankle injury, but he appeared to be fine after the game. 4/10

Elton Brand: If you had told me before the game that both Millsap and Brand would have 20-10 games, I didn’t think there would be a chance the Hawks would lose. Of course, they did, wasting a very strong effort from the 34 year old. The Hawks did a great job of giving the ball in good spots for Elton, and he was either able to finish or draw contact and go to the line. He even had a nice driving layup that was sort of reminiscent of his days with the Clippers when he was an automatic 20-10 guy. 9/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

WAS(8-9) 108 – 101 (9-9) ATL

Key Performers:
J. Wall (WAS): 26 pts, 6 reb, 12 ast, 5 stl
P. Millsap (ATL): 23 pts, 10 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks once again found themselves in a second-half rut, but this time they couldn’t come back to take the victory as they did last game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Bradley Beal-less Washington Wizards, now at 8-9, built an 18-point lead in the third that was cut down to a one-possession gap multiple times in the final period, but the Hawks fell short. Turnovers, poor transition defense and another outstanding performance by the rising John Wall ultimately gave Atlanta their ninth loss of the season, now standing at 9-9.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Horford had yet another strong outing, once again coming up big late with a slew of fourth-quarter buckets to keep the Hawks in the contest. His usual brand of defense and scoring was on display against the Wizards, finishing with 16 points on 7-13 shooting from the field and 2 blocks. Strangely enough, he totaled zero assists – only the third time all season he’s gone a game without recording one. Both of those previous contests were also losses. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was a major disappointment tonight, being totally outplayed by fellow potential first-time All-Star John Wall. Jeff looked nothing like the point guard who seemingly made his leap in prior games this season, looking shaky on the offensive end and being a non-factor on defense. Wall blew by Teague like a human turnstile in transition at every opportunity, not that Teague could do much of anything about it. But maybe one foul? Or try not to gamble for a steal? Offensively, Teague struggled with decision making above all else. He looked tentative and the results resonated with the eye test. 15 points on 18 shots, 5 turnovers to 5 assists. I’m being hard on him of course, but this was his worst game of the season by far and it was pretty gruesome. 2/10

Paul Millsap: Millsap was a man-child on this night, leading the Hawks offense with a stupendous 4-5 shooting from downtown and 23 points. His interior presence was also felt on the offensive end, with Washington being unable to guard him as a roll man. His rotations were on point tonight, making fewer defensive errors then we’ve seen from him in the past. This is a great sign, which hopefully foreshadows a completely understanding of the system in place and more consistent outputs on that end. He too finished with 2 blocks alongside Horford. Paul also took on the rebounding load, collecting 10 of Atlanta’s 40 boards. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll was a major piece of Atlanta’s comeback, with big transition attacks and a steady defensive night as well. He was only 3-9 from the field, but his 4 free throws, 8 rebounds and 2 steals tell another tale. Coach Bud relied on Carroll tonight with Kyle Korver and Lou Williams both out, playing him a team-high 37 minutes as a swingman doing most of the dirty work. Carroll stepped up to the plate.7.5/10

Cartier Martin: Cartier’s hot shooting streak continued on this night, making 2-4 long bombs taking the seat of the starting two guard slot. Martin finished with 12 points but a team low -13. This was due to his spotty defense, with the worst of it coming at the wrong time. Martin continues to shine as a preseason tryout turned rotation player, however I can’t help but wish a speedy recovery for both Kyle and Lou. Cartier is just much better suited for an off-the-bench sparkplug role. 6/10 Continue Reading…

Welcome to Weekly Southeast Division Recap, where I do the tanking so you can rest.

In this week’s Southeast recap we have resting, Josh Smith, Bradley Beal, tanking, and a battle for the worst record in the NBA.

Here’s how the teams did this week.
 

MIAMiami Heat, 1st, 59-16, 3-1 for the week

Now that the streak is over and the Heat have locked up the number 1 spot in the east the resting has begun. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been sitting out with mysterious “injuries” for a while now. They’ve still been winning however going 3-1 this week with their only loss coming to the Knicks.

 

ATLAtlanta Hawks, 42-35, 2nd, 2-2 for the week

The Hawks go .500 for the week once again. While the Hawks picked up 2 wins, it’s still disconcerting they can’t seem to beat any playoff teams. They had a great chance to beat the Knicks on national TV, but fell to Carmelo Anthony’s 40 points. What’s further shining through is how much the team seems to not need Josh Smith, who continues his less than stellar play. Continue Reading…

FINAL

WAS(2-14) 95 – 104 (11-5) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 23 pts, 15 rebs, 4 asts
K. Seraphin (WAS): 19 pts, 7 rebs, 2 blks
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Atlanta let Washington get into the game late, but they answered the Wizards’ run with one of their own, eventually retaking a double-digit lead in the win. For the 2nd straight game, the Hawks lead an impressive effort on the boards, with Smoove, Horford, and Zaza outrebounding the Wizards by themselves. (38-32) Of course, they still need to work on the free throws, because 63% from the stripe as a team just isn’t good. Atlanta has now won eight of their last nine games.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Have I used the word “enigmatic” to describe Josh before? Oh, I have? Well then, let me tell you about this specific instance: Smoove was 4-9 on jumpers, which considering that one was a three, is actually efficient. However, he was 5-11 in the paint, as his touch on some of his post moves was just a little off. He gave a great effort on the boards (6 offensive rebounds) and his passing was on point. Overall great game from Josh. 9/10

Al Horford: Was a little slow to start, but got it going in the fourth quarter, when he and Kevin Seraphin were going back and forth. Only criticism I continue to have with him is that he continues to be a bit timid on offense; he’s more hesitant on the open 18-footer than Josh is, which can be very frustrating. 8/10

Zaza Pachulia: The Washington announcers were just raving about Zaza’s prowess for tipping out boards on offense. He had five offensive rebounds, which is really about the only thing the Hawks needed from him on O. On defense, however, he did get a little lost guarding Seraphin at times, which lead to Seraphin knocking down several open jumpers. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff was getting into the paint whenever he wanted, but he just had trouble finishing. His at the rim numbers are significantly down this year, which I hope is just a blip in his game and not a weakness of being relied upon more. 5/10

Lou Williams: Shot well when he was on the floor, but also turned it over a bit too much. I love Lou’s game, but the team does go into iso-Lou too much on consecutive possessions when he’s on the floor, which can easily cause the team to go stagnant. 6/10 Continue Reading…