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The Atlanta Hawks couldn’t stop the San Antonio Spurs from moving atop of the Western Conference as the Spurs topped the Hawks 107-99 in San Antonio. The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard’s 31 points while Patty Mills — in place of the injured Tony Parker — scored 15 points and dished out nine assists. For the Hawks, they were led by Dennis Schröder’s double-double, 22 points and 10 assists.

The streak continues

February 15th 1997. That was the date the Hawks last beat the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio and last night that losing streak (now 19 games) continued.

Without LaMarcus Aldridge (get well soon) and Tony Parker, this was as good of a time as ever for the Hawks to, perhaps, emerge from San Antonio with a victory but, alas, it was not to be. Kawhi Leonard was just so good, a truly special talent and an MVP candidate. His contributions on both ends of the floor were a huge reason why the Spurs won this game, as is often the case.

Threes the key

You can look at this game in two different ways: The Hawks either lost this game because they couldn’t contain San Antonio’s three-pointers, or because they couldn’t hit their own threes. The Spurs hit a season-high 16-of-34 (47%) from behind the arc while the Hawks only hit 6-of-22 (27%) from behind the arc, San Antonio outscoring the Hawks 48-18 from three. Take your pick, either way, the three-pointer was the difference.

After, seemingly, taking steps forward when it came to defending the three — holding Memphis and Toronto to a combined nine threes — the Hawks appear to have taken a step back in San Antonio.

We’re going to take a look at some of San Antonio’s threes.

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FINAL

GSW(39-24) 111 – 97 (26-34)ATL   

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 16 pts, 7 reb
D. Lee (GSW): 18 pts, 6 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Would you believe me if I told you the score is actually closer than the game made it appear? Cause this was a Warriors dominated game and the score doesn’t do justice to how much the Warriors dominated. It started off not too bad for the Hawks. They kept it close and even managed to grab the lead a couple times. They were clearly improved thanks to having Millsap out there. However, at the end of the 2nd quarter the Warriors went on a 15-4 run and never looked back. Their lead only got bigger as the game went on, by the end of the 3rd quarter they led by 20 points. It was clearly over by the start of the 4th, they just had to go through the motions. Rough loss for Millsap’s return but the Hawks at least looked better with him than they did without him.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap clearly made the Hawks better. Funny, you add an all star back into the lineup and the team improves a lot, who knew. Even then, Millsap had his struggles. You could see a little bit of rust on him from his 6 turnovers. Millsap struggled on defense being forced to guard David Lee and Andrew Bogut. Lee’s speed and Bogut’s size caused problems for Millsap throughout the night. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Teague struggled all night and I can’t really explain way. He just didn’t play well. The Warriors have a good defense but I was still surprised to see him struggle like this. He couldn’t find his way to the line or make much damage with his jumpshot. Was a complete non factor. 3/10

Pero Antic:Solid game shooting wise from Antic. He went 4-for-8 from the field and scored 10 points. However I gotta dock him for only grabbing 2 rebounds. 5/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll went 5-for-7 from the field, didn’t turn the ball over at all, grabbed 5 rebounds, and played strong defense most of the night. Iguodala is a handful and he did what he could on him. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Korver’s rough stretch of games continues. Even with Millsap back to take some of the pressure off Korver, he still couldn’t find very many open shots. Was hounded all night long and looked frustrated. Took him 7 shots to get 7 points, not good. On the plus side, the streak starts again! He’s at 1, only 126 to go. 2/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

GSW(22-13) 101 – 100 (18-15)ATL

Key Performers:
S. Curry (GSW): 22 pts, 8 reb, 9 ast, 5 stl
P. Antic (ATL): 16 pts, 7 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

After the way the Hawks won against Cleveland, Charlotte, and Boston, they were bound to end up on the negative end of the luck meter at some point. Unfortunately for them, the luck swung hard the other way, as Atlanta surrendered a 15 point fourth quarter lead to the Warriors, losing on an Andre Iguodala 3-pointer at the buzzer. Golden State shot 6-for-27 (22.2%) on 3-pointers for the night, but they made three very important shots from behind the arc in the final period to steal the game from the Hawks.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap had one of his roughest nights of the season, going 3-for-14 from the field. He couldn’t get any shots to drop, whether they be at the rim or open looks on his jumper. Despite his 11 rebounds, he still had trouble keeping Lee and Bogut off of the boards. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff had five turnovers on the night, but none of those were his biggest mistake. With the Hawks up 99-96 late, Jeff went to the free throw line and subsequently only made one of his two free throws. The two free throws could have put the game out of reach for the Warriors. His 5-for-13 shooting night wasn’t very helpful, either. 5/10

Pero Antic:Pero had a much stronger game than Jeff in my opinion, but like Jeff, he also made a huge mistake late in the game. On Iguodala’s game-winning jumper, Pero helped in order to try and trap Steph Curry around mid-court. Apparently that was not the plan and its failure led to the Hawks losing. However, without Pero, it’s hard to say the Hawks are even in this game. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: There were no turnovers from DeMarre Carroll tonight. I repeat, NO TURNOVERS! Now, he did have a couple of mistakes in transition (again), but other than that, he had a strong night. He helped force a lot of turnover, resulting in four steals for himself, and made several timely off ball cuts to get him 12 points on the night. Good to have DeMarre back after he sat out a couple of game due to his thumb injury. 7.5/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle made the Hawks’ first basket to extend the streak to 102 games, but that was about all he did. Klay Thompson, who Coach Budenholzer credited as an underrated defender before the game, kept close to Korver all night long. He result was a 2-for-7 shooting night, but he did have some nice passes to get him four assists (no turnovers) on the night. 7/10 Continue Reading…