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The Hawks fell behind early to a hot-shooting Boston Celtics team, allowing 42 points on 17-for-22 (77%) in the first quarter. The lead ballooned to 23 early in the second quarter as Rajon Rondo continued to dish to open men, who promptly sank their uncontested jumpshots.

The Hawks battled back in the second half, mostly behind the hot shooting of Kyle Korver and superb play of Dennis Schröder. Korver scored 10 points in the third quarter to help cut into the large Boston lead, and then Schröder took over in the fourth, scoring 10 points and failing to turn the ball over despite the intense defensive pressure applied by Avery Bradley. Schröder also gathered the final defensive rebound in a scramble with 14.9 seconds left, leading to a Kent Bazemore run out layup to secure the game for the Hawks with a score of 109-105.

“Our aggressiveness and activity wasn’t where it needed to be for a half,” commented Budenholzer on the team’s poor defensive start. “I give our guys a lot of credit for finding a way to bounce back and giving ourselves a chance to win a tough game.”

One part of the Hawks’ renewed defensive effort in the second half was Korver matching up on Rondo. “[Rondo] was kind of picking us apart like a quarterback with 14 assists at halftime,” said Budenholzer. “We just wanted to try a different look.” After 14 assists in the first half, Rondo was limited to five assists, three turnovers, and zero points in the second half and a lot of that had to do with Korver’s length and intelligent footwork on defense. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 92, Celtics 91

Raj Prashad —  December 31, 2013

FINAL

BOS(13-18) 91 – 92 (18-14) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 34 pts, 15 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
K. Olynyk (BOS): 21 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

For much of the afternoon, the Hawks, as a team, couldn’t get anything in the basket. After falling back by 18 points in the second quarter, Atlanta bounced back and used a 30-6 run to fight through the third quarter. Using great defense on a buzzer-beating Jordan Crawford attempt and a strong individual effort from Paul Millsap, the Hawks fought back for a strong win on the road.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Atlanta can’t count on this every night from Millsap, but the forward was fantastic yet again as Al Horford’s replacement. He scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win. This was just the second 30-point/15-board game of Millsap’s career, but he definitely made it count. 10/10

Jeff Teague: The point guard woke up in the second half, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds in the final two quarters alone. He also played fantastic defense on Jordan Crawford, stifling Boston’s point guard for much of the afternoon. 8/10

Elton Brand: Brand looked tired again, unable to keep up with Boston’s bigs in the paint. He had just four points and one rebound in 12 minutes. 4/10

Mike Scott: Coach Bud continues to shuffle Atlanta’s lineups in Horford’s absence, this time pushing Scott in as a starter. The forward responded with a tough shooting night, notching eight points on 12 shots and seven rebounds. It will be interesting to see how much time he will get at the 3-position, something Coach Bud initially didn’t want him to do, going forward. 5/10

Kyle Korver: It took until the fourth quarter, but Korver finally knocked down a three to extend his streak to 101 games with a make from distance. The sharpshooter turned that into a four-point play, drawing a foul and igniting Atlanta’s offense to the win. He never forced the ball, instead making the right passes and looking for better shots for his teammates despite the streak hanging over his head. 7/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Celtics 94, Hawks 87

Raj Prashad —  November 24, 2013

FINAL

BOS(5-10) 94 – 87 (8-6) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 13 pts, 4 reb, 10 ast, 3 stl
J. Crawford (BOS): 24 pts, 3 reb, 10 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Atlanta let one slip away when the Boston Celtics outscored the Hawks 30-13, including a 22-4 run, in the fourth quarter to continue the home team’s win-two, lose-one streak. After a fairly even first half, Atlanta stormed out to a 10-point lead to close the third frame. The Hawks saw their lead disappear as their starters sat for the first half of the fourth quarter, and by the time they saw the floor again, Boston’s unit had built enough steam to run away with the streak-snapping win.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: On a night when Horford scored a team-high 18 points on 19 shots and grabbed just seven rebounds, he simply couldn’t do enough to close the game out in the fourth. Boston went with “big” lineups for most of the night, forcing Jared Sullinger or Brandon Bass to match up with Big Al. The continuous physical matchup in the paint seemed to wear down Atlanta’s center over the night and frustrated him with three of his attempts blocked at the rim (two from Sullinger and one from Vitor Faverani). 7/10

Jeff Teague: He forced Jordan Crawford into jump shots until the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end, shooting 3-for-15 on the night. It was a struggle, but Teague tried to get his teammates going by dishing out 10 assists, but his inability to stop Crawford from driving the lane or get any offense going in crunchtime adds to his frustrating night.  7/10

Paul Millsap: The power forward was a stat-filler Saturday night, shooting 50 percent from the field for 12 points, snagging five boards, dishing two assists, two steals and two blocks. He also had a huge dunk on Jared Sullinger that will likely fight for dunk of the year and a chasedown block of Avery Bradley. Millsap also finished with three turnovers and four fouls with the worst +/- on the team (-18). It was one of the glass half full type of nights for the big man. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: You have to love the new and improved camera man, DeMarre Carroll’s play and energy. He was all over the floor, harassing Jeff Green and diving for loose balls. He was a mess on offense though and couldn’t find any semblance of his shooting stroke. 6/10

Kyle Korver: 87 games and we’re still going strong with the streak. Catch-and-Korver is how he’ll be known to me from now on. He had a strong offensive night, scoring nine points, grabbing four boards, three assists and two steals. He couldn’t hold Avery Bradley, who ran through screens and did his best Korver impression from mid-range. 8/10 Continue Reading…