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Hawks Collapse in OKC

Bo Churney —  March 21, 2015

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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FINAL

CLE(31-46) 98 – 117 (33-42) ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 20 pts, 2 reb, 12 ast
D. Waiters (CLE): 23 pts, 2 reb, 3 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This one was over halfway through the 1st quarter. The Hawks went up big, they went up early, and they dominated all night long. The Cavs never even got close to a comeback in a horrible showing. The Hawks did a great job of running their offense perfectly and playing some even better defense. Everybody on the Hawks shot well and it was a big win for the Hawks playoff hopes with New York losing.

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Pero Antic: Antic didn’t do too much tonight. He only shot 5 shots, made 2 of them, and was just kind of out there. He didn’t hurt the team with his play though so no complaints.  6/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was the driving force behind this blowout. He ran the offense perfectly, showed the perfect aggression and created tons of open looks. 20 points and 12 assists for Teague, Kyrie Irving stood no chance. 10/10

Paul Millsap: Not to be outdone, Millsap had one hell of a game himself. Dominating the Cavaliers front line of Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson. 16 points, 11 rebounds, and he even tacked on a nice passing display with 6 assists. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll was fantastic on defense and he even shot the ball well to go with it. 10/10

Kyle Korver: I’m starting to wonder if Korver is still a little hurt, he just hasn’t looked consistent ever since returning from injury. Not a good night for him with only 8 points and three makes, two from long range. 7/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

       CLE(6-13) 89 – 108 (11-10) ATL

Key Performers:
A. Horford (ATL): 22 pts, 9 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
D. Waiters (CLE): 30 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

On a night where much of the attention was focused on Kyle Korver’s streak, the Hawks offense came out in full force. Supported by a 37-point outburst in the 1st quarter, the Hawks ran the Cavs outta town with ease. Kyrie Irving was held scoreless and the Cavs were atrocious. Oh, and THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK! (More on that later)

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Al Horford: Lil’ Tito was in a groove all night long, shooting 10-for-19 from the floor (see Key Performers above). He shot 13 mid-range jumpers. Thirteen! He only made six of them, which surprises me considering how wide open he was on many of those. The biggest low point of the night for Horf was when he fumbled a gorgeous pass on a fastbreak and lost it out of bounds. Come on Al! You won the Heisman as a WR in my NCAA 14 Road to Glory! 8.5/10

Jeff Teague: He’s still averaging 16 points and eight assists, but, for the past few games, I haven’t liked what I’ve seen from Teague. He added 13 points and six assists last night all while shooting 43% from the field. That makes two straight “eh” games. His three-ball continues to fail him (1-for-4 last night) and it seemed as if the Cavs were daring him to shoot from out there. Last time we had an opponent dare a player to shoot a three? I think you know who it is. Next up is a tough test against Russell Westbrook. Should be interesting to see what kind of game Jeff brings. 5/10

Paul Millsap: With all the rumors surrounding Omer Asik being dealt, the Hawks scenario generally involves swapping him with Paul Millsap. I highly disapprove. Trillsap showed us again last night why he is worth more than just $9.5 million a year. A beastly statline of 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists sums up the Cleveland power forwards well. They were thoroughly dominated last night. 8.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: He didn’t make any of his three attempts from the beyond the arc, but snagged eight boards. Eight boards! I don’t know whether to be happy that he’s crashing the glass so effectively or angry because he’s taking away stats from Al and Paul! But hey, 10 points and 8 boards for DeMarre is a solid night, even if he didn’t make a three. 6/10

Kyle Korver: THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK THE STREAK.He played well on his record-breaking night and said at halftime that he’s “glad its over so he can play some basketball.” The Hawks gave him a nice tribute video showing all 90 of his made threes. Job well done. 90/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Cavs 113, Hawks 111

Bo Churney —  November 30, 2012

FINAL

CLE(4-12) 113 – 111 (9-5) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 25 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts, 3 blks, 2 stls
A. Varejao (CLE): 20 , 18 rebs, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

So, mere hours after I wrote this, the Hawks give up 113 points to a Kyrie-less Cavs team, including 31 in the fourth quarter. Varejao and Thompson did most of their work on the boards in the second half, allowing Cleveland to storm back from a double-digit halftime deficit. That Hawks’ six-game winning streak is no more. (also, come on, Atlanta fans! That crowd was awful.)

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh was all over the floor again, putting up a game-high 25 points and putting up statistics in every other imaginable category. He made one terrible mistake, though: he failed to box-out Alonzo Gee on the Cavaliers’ last possession. 8/10

Al Horford: Besides Josh, Al was the only other Hawks player who could grab a rebound. He did a good job in most facets of the game, but he appeared to be over helping at times, giving Varejao a couple of open looks. That wasn’t why the Hawks lost this game, though. 7/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza just was not good this game. He didn’t rebound and he didn’t help out at all on offense. 1/10

DeShawn Stevenson: He let Waiters and Pargo torch him at times, which isn’t what you want out of your defensive stopper. He did make his open shots, though. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague had six steals and seven assists, but then he let Pargo go off on him in the fourth quarter. He was 4-11 from the field, but I’ll give him a bit of a break since quite a few of those misses came after he took a hard foul int he first. 6/10 Continue Reading…