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RECAP: Bulls 107, Hawks 103

Bo Churney —  February 26, 2014

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CHI(30-26) 107 – 103 (26-30)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Noah (CHI): 20 pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl
J. Teague (ATL): 26 pts, 2 reb, 7 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks have had a few heartbreaking losses this season and I definitely think this one fits the bill. Atlanta led by as many as 14 in the first quarter, but they allowed Chicago to score 34 points in the second, giving the Bulls a 54-51 lead at halftime. From there, it seemed that just enough would go Chicago’s way to keep the Hawks from winning. First was DeMarre Carroll fouling Kirk Hinrich on a three-pointer with 40 seconds left, then there was Jeff Teague stepping out of bounds with 12 seconds left, and finally, there was Mike Scott getting egregiously fouled on a three-pointer when the Hawks were down three, but that foul went uncalled, allowing the Bulls to secure a victory.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Jeff Teague: It was one of those weird half-aggressive games from Teague. He did a lot of things well and was the power behind the Hawks scoring over 100 points against a Chicago team that they often struggle with, but Jeff also made mistakes at a couple of key points that resulted in the Hawks losing. Teague did have 11 points in the fourth, but he also had three turnovers, including the one outlined above. He also had some mismatches that he didn’t always take advantage of (i.e. with Noah) that could have resulted in even more points from him. Overall though, still a good game. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: Yes, his foul with about 40 seconds left was his fault. Kirk may have jumped into DeMarre a bit to sell it, but the absolutely last thing you can do in the final minute of a basketball game where you have a lead is to foul a shooter while he’s attempting a three-pointer. Tonight just wasn’t DeMarre’s night, as he also struggled to finish in transition, which could have easily been prevented if he just slowed the ball down on a couple of possessions. That said, I will cut DeMarre some slack because he was clearly playing out of position for most of the night, as he spent a lot of it matched against Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. 5.5/10

Kyle Korver: Korver started off red-hot, making three three-pointers in the first few minutes of the game. After that, however, there wasn’t a lot going for him. Korver and co. were able to create some great open looks for Kyle, but after those first three, Kyle had some trouble knocking those looks down. It could have been worse, as the Bulls did the same for Dunleavy, but he also missed some clean looks. 5/10

Elton Brand: Hopefully Elton Brand can play Wednesday night’s game against the Celtics, but I have no idea what the Hawks are going to do if he can’t play at least 35 minutes. (At least Dexter Pittman looks in great shape. No seriously, he looked alright.) E.B. did some great work on the rebounds, coming down with 13 of them for the game, many of which were contested rebounds where he was surrounded by several Bulls, but still managed to grab the board. He also had a couple of nice blocks and was a team-high plus-6 for the game. I guess the only consolation for Elton is that he doesn’t play for Thibodeau, right? 8/10

Shelvin Mack: For most of the night, Teague and Shelvin did a good job at limiting Hinrich and DJ Augustin. The Hawks guards really outplayed their counterparts by a wide margin, which I would have thought would have been enough for the Hawks to win if you told me that in the beginning. Shel was his usual conservative self when he was the primary ball-handler, turning the ball over zero times in his 27 minutes of play. He also had 17 points to round out a rather strong offensive effort. 7.5/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Bulls 97, Hawks 58

Raj Prashad —  January 15, 2013

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CHI(21-15) 97 – 58 (21-16) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 6 pts, 11 reb, 1 ast, 2 stls
C. Boozer (CHI): 20 pts, 13 reb, 3 asts, 1 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Monday night, it was nearly a historically pitiful performance for the Atlanta Hawks against the Chicago Bulls. Atlanta scored 20 points in the first half, setting a franchise record for fewest points scored. The Hawks scored just five points in the second quarter, narrowly missing the Los Angeles Clippers’ NBA record of 19 in a half. Chicago held Atlanta to a franchise low points allowed in the game and it was the second lowest output in Hawks franchise history (Shot Clock Era). So, there’s that.:

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Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith, known for his defense and ability to control the game in transition, was virtually nonexistent. Carlos Boozer worked him all night long in the post, as Josh notched nine points on 14 shots and the forward limped to 26 minutes of play on the evening. It was a tough night from the opening tip as Smith played all 12 minutes of the first quarter and the Bulls opened an 11-point lead, setting the tone for the game.  4/10

Al Horford: If there was any silver lining in the game, Horford played well on both ends of the court. Out of 28 points scored in the paint over the first half, Horford allowed Bulls center, Joakim Noah to score only four of them as he controlled the paint and matched up well with the big. Big Al scored six points and grabbed 11 rebounds, holding Noah to nine and 16, respectively. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle showed up and did what he does nightly– took shots and played some sort of defense. Korver wasn’t aggressive, though, taking only five shots and he let Luol Deng walk all over him. Deng hasn’t been talked about much this season, but is a vital piece to the Chicago offense, and he showed it, dropping 18 points on the Hawks. 5/10

Devin Harris: Since returning to the floor against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Harris has been wildly inconsistent. He was originally expected to face a minutes restriction, which was thrown out the window once he made any impact whatsoever. And after scoring 24 and eight in the previous two games, Devin went scoreless with three fouls and two turnovers. He also had a cheap shot on former Hawk, Kirk Hinrich, with the game out of hand. 2/10

Jeff Teague: As a point guard for a contending team, it is Teague’s responsibility to slow the pace when necessary and set the offense up. He played solid on defense, but his inability to control the offense and RUN A SET (especially in the second quarter) added onto Atlanta’s miserable night.  4/10 Continue Reading…