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The Atlanta Hawks dropped the¬†final home game of their three game homestand, a 115-105 loss at the hands of the L.A. Clippers, who were without stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Austin Rivers stepped up in Paul’s absence, pouring out a game-high 27 points while Jamal Crawford added 19 points.

I don’t normally do this, but I’ll stick Rivers’ highlights here. He deserves credit, he played well. It’s nice to see that he’s a competent NBA player now, which was certainly not the case when he was in New Orleans.

The return of Jamal Crawford

It has been a rough month of January for Jamal Crawford. Before last night’s game, Crawford — for the month of January — had been averaging 8.6 points per game on 27.7% shooting from the field and 14.8% from three-point land. As you can see, a really rough month for Crawford, especially from three, Jamal had made just four of his 27 three-point shots. Per Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, coach Doc Rivers was asked about Jamal’s struggles. When Jamal walked into the room, Doc joked that he was sick of answering questions about Crawford, who put his arms around a few reporters, saying “Let’s change that narrative tonight.”

And change it he sure did.

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Mike Scott’s New Level

Bo Churney —  February 11, 2014

On David Thorpe’s most recent Sophomore 20, the Hawks’ second-year forward Mike Scott found himself sitting loftily at the seventh spot, just behind John Henson and current Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Jared Sullinger, and ahead of Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Beverly.

In the absence of Al Horford, the Hawks needed a scoring punch to come from somewhere and Scott has provided it. Since Horford went down on December 26th against the Cavaliers, Scott’s minutes and production have skyrocketed. Before Horford’s injury, Scott was getting 13.4 minutes per game and was only scoring 6.8 points per on 56.1% true-shooting. Since? In 20 games, which is a decent-sized sample, 21.6 minutes and 12.5 points per on an astounding 59.7% true-shooting. For reference, the league average for true-shooting percentage is around 53.7%.

What has made Scott so successful? It’s simple: he’s now an official part of the team’s game plan. Before, Scott saw spot minutes and would have chances in the offense just like everyone else. However, without Horford, the team needs Scott to make an offensive impact to be successful and he now has the green-light to shoot in many more situations than before. Continue Reading…