Archives For Kevin Seraphin

FINAL

WAS(2-14) 95 – 104 (11-5) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 23 pts, 15 rebs, 4 asts
K. Seraphin (WAS): 19 pts, 7 rebs, 2 blks
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Atlanta let Washington get into the game late, but they answered the Wizards’ run with one of their own, eventually retaking a double-digit lead in the win. For the 2nd straight game, the Hawks lead an impressive effort on the boards, with Smoove, Horford, and Zaza outrebounding the Wizards by themselves. (38-32) Of course, they still need to work on the free throws, because 63% from the stripe as a team just isn’t good. Atlanta has now won eight of their last nine games.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Have I used the word “enigmatic” to describe Josh before? Oh, I have? Well then, let me tell you about this specific instance: Smoove was 4-9 on jumpers, which considering that one was a three, is actually efficient. However, he was 5-11 in the paint, as his touch on some of his post moves was just a little off. He gave a great effort on the boards (6 offensive rebounds) and his passing was on point. Overall great game from Josh. 9/10

Al Horford: Was a little slow to start, but got it going in the fourth quarter, when he and Kevin Seraphin were going back and forth. Only criticism I continue to have with him is that he continues to be a bit timid on offense; he’s more hesitant on the open 18-footer than Josh is, which can be very frustrating. 8/10

Zaza Pachulia: The Washington announcers were just raving about Zaza’s prowess for tipping out boards on offense. He had five offensive rebounds, which is really about the only thing the Hawks needed from him on O. On defense, however, he did get a little lost guarding Seraphin at times, which lead to Seraphin knocking down several open jumpers. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff was getting into the paint whenever he wanted, but he just had trouble finishing. His at the rim numbers are significantly down this year, which I hope is just a blip in his game and not a weakness of being relied upon more. 5/10

Lou Williams: Shot well when he was on the floor, but also turned it over a bit too much. I love Lou’s game, but the team does go into iso-Lou too much on consecutive possessions when he’s on the floor, which can easily cause the team to go stagnant. 6/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

WAS(0-10) 100 – 101 (6-4) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 25 pts, 12 rebs, 4 blks
K. Seraphin (WAS): 21 pts, 10 rebs
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Atlanta pulled out a clo… hold on, Al Horford just missed another free throw. As I was saying, Atlanta used a Kyle Korver three-pointer to beat the winless Wizards. The game would have been over sooner if… ugh, give me a minute, one of Horford’s missed free throws just set my car alarm off.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: He started to get jumper happy late in the game, but his work earlier in the game was why Atlanta even had a chance later. He had an efficient 25 and 12, and *GASP* made all of his free throw. He did, however, have six turnovers before he fouled out in overtime. 8/10

Al Horford: This was such an enigmatic game from him. He did have 10 assists, but he appeared timid on a lot of open shots, leading to a 7-17 night from him and an Andris Biedrins-like night from the line. (1-10) 15-9-10 is still pretty good, though, even if he did let Seraphin go off on him. 6/10

Zaza Pachulia: LD ended up riding the starters for most of the 2nd-half and OT, so Zaza only got 19 minutes of PT. He did have seven points, six boards, and two assists, though, including a play were he led a fastbreak with Al Horford. 7/10

Lou Williams: Didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter or overtime, which was probably the right decision. He just wasn’t playing well, as he was almost only shooting jumpers, and didn’t make a single trip to the foul line. 3/10

Jeff Teague: He was 6-18 from the field, but he didn’t have any turnovers. Unlike Lou Williams, Teague was continually getting into the paint, setting up opportunities for Josh and Al. If he was hitting floaters and layups, this game could have been over early. 5/10 Continue Reading…