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RECAP: Hawks 97, Bobcats 83

Bo Churney —  March 18, 2014

FINAL

CHA(33-35) 83 – 97 (30-35)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 28 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk
K. Walker (CHA): 20 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I said before the game that the key to beating Charlotte was going to be hitting open three-pointers, which the Hawks did not do in the first quarter. Predictably, they were down by six points after one period as they opened the game shooting 4-for-13 from behind the arc. (4-for-12 in the first quarter, then they missed their first attempt in the second) However, the Hawks then hit six of their next nine from three-point land in a stretch over the second and third quarters, allowing Atlanta to take a decisive lead that they would not let go of. The team finished the game with 13 triples on 34 attempts (38.2%) from seven players as they moved four games ahead of the New York Knicks for the eight spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap was a man among boys on the night, scoring both inside and out with both power and grace. At one point between the second and third quarters, Millsap scored 13 points consecutive points for the Hawks. The big man ended with 28 points on 60% shooting in just 34 minutes, which is one of the more efficient offensive efforts that the Hawks have gotten from him in a while. 9/10

Jeff Teague: I thought that one of the Hawks’ biggest issues in the first half was Jeff Teague being passive and turning the ball over too much. (he had three turnovers at half) Jeff ended the game with just three turnovers. See why the Hawks did better on offense in the second half? Jeff didn’t do well shooting the ball, but he did have nine assists and was even active on the boards with six rebounds. 8/10

Pero Antic: Pero notched his second career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on the night. Antic was 3-for-7 from behind the arc, which just gives the Hawks a huge spacing advantage that very few teams can match. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: Only 1-for-5 from behind the arc from DeMarre, but we did see an increase in cutting action from him on offense, which is always a lot of fun to watch when plays are executed correctly. Outside of that, it was a relatively quiet night for the Junkyard Dog. 7.5/10

Kyle Korver: An off shooting night for Korver, but like DeMarre, he did a lot of little things to contribute. Only 10 points, for Kyle, but he had nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Good thing he’s actually more than just a shooter, right? 7.5/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 118, Bobcats 116

Bo Churney —  December 29, 2013

FINAL

CHA(14-16) 116 – 118 (17-13) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 33 pts, 13 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
A. Jefferson (CHA): 24 pts, 23 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

In their first game without Horford, it looked like the Hawks were going to fall short. The offense was starting to go no where and the defense was easily allowing buckets at the rim.

But then things got going late in the third quarter. The Hawks took a couple of three-pointers from Teague and Lou Williams to keep things close after the third, then relied on the same three-point antics in the fourth quarter. Speaking of antics…

Pero Antic hit a game-tying, one-legged three to send the game into overtime, which was the Hawks’ third consecutive game with extra periods. In the OT, the Hawks got 10 points from Lou Williams, all at the foul line, to close the deal.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap was an absolutely monster on the night, scoring 33 points — 12 of which came off of appearances at the foul line — and grabbing 13 rebounds. Millsap did a lot of his damage against his former teammate Al Jefferson, as the two were engaged in battle for the entirety of the game. Jefferson did have the 20-20 game to his credit, but Millsap and co. got the victory. 9.5/10

Jeff Teague: Usually a 20 points, nine assist efforts sticks out at you; not really from the Jeff Teague game. He was quietly efficient, distributed the ball well, and he hit a couple of key shots in the second half to keep the Hawks within striking distance. He played well, just seemed really under the radar the whole time. 9/10

Elton Brand: Elton got the start tonight with Horford’s injury, but I don’t know who much we can expect that in the future. He didn’t do a bad job and was effective on Jefferson when he was in, but he also fouled a lot, which was a limit on his playing time. By the end of the game, the Hawks had gone small and were playing Millsap defensively at center. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Not much of a night from DeMarre, but his presence was valuable. He only played 20 minutes, but at least it left the Hawks with a serviceable wing rotation. Like Elton, DeMarre found himself out of the rotation by the end of the game in favor of a smaller lineup. 4.5/10

Kyle Korver: Prop to Anthony Tolliver, who is on the Bobcats now, for keeping Korver under lock-and-key for the majority of the game. Korver was still able to get up a couple of threes and extend his streak to 99 games, but Tolliver forced him into a 3-for-11 shooting night and really defended Korver about as well as anyone I’ve seen since Kyle joined the Hawks last season. 7/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

CHA(7-15) 90 – 113 (14-6) ATL

Key Performers:

D. Harris (ATL): 20 pts, 4 asts, 1 reb
G. Henderson (CHA): 17 pts, 3 rebs, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Wow. What shooting display by the Hawks. The Bobcats’ defense wilted as Atlanta went bombs away, connecting on 14-29 attempted threes. That, coupled with Charlotte’s inability to stop the Hawks in transition, allowed the Hawks to cruise to an easy victory.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith had one of his best shooting nights of the season (8-12 from the field), but that’s probably because he took less jumpers than usual (although he did take 2 three-pointers; he made one of them). Hooray! Overall, though, it was another great night for Smoove. He was active on defense, made a few nice passes, and was able to score a somewhat quiet 18 points as the Hawks coasted through most of the game. 8/10

Al Horford: Horford didn’t have the best game of his life, but he didn’t need to because the rest of the team was on fire. He just kind of sat back and rolled with the flow of the game. He scored 11 points, but only grabbed 3 rebounds. His 3 blocks in the first half, however, were big. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Korver started off the game hot, and it was his initial barrage of threes/jumpers that helped put Charlotte away early. He scored 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting (2-3 from beyond the arc). 7/10

DeShawn Stevenson: It was a great night for DeShawn, who played solid defense and connected on 3-5 3-pointers. That’s what he’s asked to do! 6/10

Jeff Teague: Teague had a relatively quiet night, scoring only 6 points and passing out 4 assists. He was 2 of 5 from the field, but at least he limited himself to only one turnover in 27 minutes.  4/10 Continue Reading…