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RECAP: Hawks 107, Knicks 98

Bo Churney —  February 22, 2014


   NYK(21-35) 98 – 107 (26-29)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Scott (ATL): 30 pts, 8 reb
C. Anthony (NYK): 35 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast

Defining moment of this game is easy to find. After a Carmelo Anthony three-pointer with 5:56 left in the third quarter, Melo and DeMarre started jawing at each other, resulting in technical fouls for each of them, plus Mike Woodson. The game was 63-48 at the time. After that, DeMarre closed the quarter with 10 points, helping the Hawks to cut the deficit to just 73-68 when the quarter ended. From there, it became the Jeff Teague show, as Teague scored a career-high 16 fourth quarter points to propel the Hawks into the lead. The Knicks simply didn’t have an answer for Teague, as neither Felton nor JR Smith could contain the aggressive version of the Hawks’ point guard. And as Elton Brand said, “We got off that slide, that’s the most important thing.” The Hawks’ eight-game losing streak is now history.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Jeff Teague: Raymond Felton and JR Smith make a great remedy for a long slump. Jeff appeared to re-injure his ankle in the first quarter, but he fought through it to put up one of his best efforts of the season. Teague was consistently able to get into the paint and draw contact, resulting in 15 trips to the foul line, where he made 13. Teague’s final line on the night was 28 points (16 in the fourth quarter), three rebounds, six assists, and only one turnover. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll guarded Carmelo about as well as anyone can, but Melo was just making extremely tough shots at a high rate. Still, scoring 24 points is a great way to cut into Carmelo’s 35. As the intro says, it was DeMarre’s stretch in the third quarter that allowed them to get back into the game. DeMarre said after the game: “I’m trying to develop into a leader, because I think that’s what we’re really missing on this team.” If he keeps acting like this, the Hawks might have found a good one in Al Horford’s absence. 10/10

Kyle Korver: Not much going for Korver in this game. He only had seven points on eight shots, but did connect on two threes to extend the streak to 124 games. He wasn’t a part of the Hawks’ big run late in the game, which is weird, because most runs by this team are usually sparked by a couple of Korver makes. 4/10

Elton Brand: Elton Brand played 43 minutes tonight. ELTON BRAND PLAYED 43 MINUTES!!! The box score doesn’t really show his impact beyond his three blocked shots, but Coach Budenholzer commended Elton’s overall defensive effort and communication on the floor. Huge 43 minutes considering Elton is currently the team’s only healthy center. (Dexter Pittman doesn’t count) 8/10

Mike Scott: Usually I only have the starters in the first five, but Mike Scott’s game warrants getting bumped up here. Let me make this clear: Mike Scott scored 30 points on 14 shots. THIRTY! Teague and Williams did a great job of running pick-and-rolls that freed up Mike for open jumpers and Mike was hitting all of them. The 30 points are a career-high, surpassing his old high of 23, which came against the Knicks last season. 10/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 110, Knicks 90

Cole Patty —  November 16, 2013


  NYK(3-6) 90 – 110 (6-4)ATL

Key Performers:
S. Mack (ATL): 12 pts, 12 ast (Yes, Shelvin Mack was the Key Performer)
C.Anthony (NYK): 23 pts, 12 reb, 2 ast

This was one of the best full games Atlanta has put together all season. New York has loved to chuck their threes the past few years, but the Hawks were ready for it.  Watching the opponent go 10-30 from deep is improved for an Atlanta team that has been one of the bottom teams in the league from downtown. Offensively, seemingly everyone on the Hawks hit an extra gear scoring tonight. There were eight Hawks in double digit-points, and they all did it efficiently. 56.4% from the field and 40.9% from three are marks that are enviable by every other team in the league, and the ball movement was just as crisp.

There was only one real glaring negative. The Knicks had 19 offensive rebounds. On most nights you can’t allow for the opponent to have that many second chances and still expect a victory. The Knicks had twelve more field goal attempts with only one more free throw, but it ended up not being too important to the game with how Atlanta dominate offensively and defensively.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al’s statline doesn’t come off as strong, but there are some contextual things behind that. Andrea Bargnani is to blame for the poor defensive rebounding numbers. Al was pulled away from the hoop more often than he would be against many other teams, and the Hawks effort on the glass as a whole suffered. Scoring wise, the points total isn’t high, but the team really didn’t need him to shoot more. With how everyone scored the ball, Al picked his spots and remained efficient. It was actually a sneaking good night from Al when considering he went 6-10 from the field and some solid defensive moments. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff Teague looks pretty comfortable scoring the ball lately, huh? 5-9 from the field and 10 free throw attempts is the perfect recipe for an efficient night from the point guard. Defensively, Jeff was pretty good. The backdoor cut by Felton stands out as a moment that Teague was caught sleeping, but he kept moments like that to a minimum. Also, I wouldn’t worry about the assist numbers tonight. Some early feeds to Korver that normally go in didn’t and Jeff moved off the ball when he was playing with Shelvin. 7/10

Paul Millsap: Thirteen rebounds doesn’t tell the whole story of Millsap’s night on the glass. He looked amiss with Al Horford away from the hoop, and Carmelo had 5 of the Knicks 19 offensive rebounds. For every ball Millsap secured, there seemed to be a time where he should have really hit a guy with a box-out to prevent a fresh 24 seconds for the Knicks. Long-term this shouldn’t be much of a concern however, as the Knicks are one of the few teams that will isolate Paul down low by stretching the spacing from the five. Scoring the ball, Paul was just as efficient as Jeff and Al. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Even on a night that he shot 50% from the field the box score doesn’t give the full effect of DeMarre Carroll’s game tonight. The big thing here is he guarded J.R. Smith on a night Smith went 3-18 from the field. J.R. had four shots in the paint. Carroll lulling Smith into shooting 14 jumpers was instrumental in the Hawks getting the win tonight. 8/10

Kyle Korver: The streak is now 83. One of the biggest storylines for this Hawks team — to me — is how awesome some of Korver’s misses have been early. There were two sets that Kyle had so much space to operate, and he just missed an easy shot. This isn’t a critique, as much as a feeling there could be a night where Korver — despite his more consistent approach — goes crazy with the kinds of attempts he is seeing. Outside of this tangent, another solid scoring night, a few rebounds, and a good effort defensively means another strong game from Kyle. 7/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Knicks 95, Hawks 82

Bo Churney —  April 4, 2013


NYK(48-26) 95 – 82 (42-34)ATL

Key Performers:
C. Anthony (NYK): 40 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast
K. Korver (ATL): 25 pts, 6 reb, 2 blk

This game was tied after three quarters. Melo already had 36 points by this point, but the rest of the Knicks were struggling to get anything through the hoop. Horford and Smoove were both having bad nights as well, and it seemed like the Hawks might have had the upper hand going into the fourth quarter.

If only it worked out that way.

JR Smith and Raymond Felton turned the fourth quarter into their own personal layup line, with two combining to go 9-for-12 for 20 points in the final period. The result? A Drew-Teague shouting match on the sidelines, and a visit from Danny Ferry and the team executives in the locker room after the game ended. Not exactly a pretty ending for the Hawks in what could have been a key victory on national television.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: He was completely erratic offensively, missed all seven of his free throw attempts, and looked straight up exhausted after guarding Melo for the bulk of four quarters. He did play great defense on Melo, but Melo was just hitting everything he attempted. It doesn’t make up for the completely atrocious effort on offense, though. All I know is that you shouldn’t be taking three three-pointers when you miss seven consecutive free throws. 3/10

Al Horford: As bad as Smith was in this game, it wasn’t like Al was much better. His best moment from this game was a sick cross-court pass that led to a Kyle Korver three, but otherwise, he had plenty of open looks that he passed up on. Honestly, it seemed like he was completely scared of attacking Chandler and Martin in any form. Al has to realize this: he’s the face of the franchise now, meaning he has to take the open shot when he gets it. No more hesitating. 5/10

Jeff Teague: How bad to you have to play defense to get Larry Drew to yell at you? Well, Teague let Raymond Felton walk into the lane three times in a row, and LD had seen enough. To make matters worse, Jeff had six turnovers on the night, and couldn’t get the offense into a rhythm at all. A key play that sticks out in my mind is when Jeff had Kenyon Martin in a switch, and picked up his dribble in a matter of seconds with plenty of time left to work with. When you get the opposing center in switch, you have to make a move; picking the ball up and passing to a guarded teammate is not that move. 4/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Like Josh, he had a lot of good defensive plays on Melo that were overmatched by even greater shooting. He made a couple of shots, but my beef with him will always be how he does when he gets an open three; 1-for-4 isn’t going to cut it. 5/10

Kyle Korver: Hey look, someone that actually came to play tonight! Kyle was on fire from the field, and he extended his three-point streak to 69 games, which is now the fourth longest streak in NBA history. However, my biggest takeaway from Kyle tonight was his defense. He was extremely active with his hands, coming away with two blocks, and he successfully defended Carmelo a couple of times, including a sequence where he demonstrated a perfect front on Anthony trying to post. His only flaw tonight was that it seemed like he missed whenever the Hawks needed it the most. (he was still 9-for-14 from the field, so it’s not that big of a deal) With everything taken into account, it’s a real shame that his effort was put to waste. 9/10

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