C. Bosh (MIA): 19 pts, 5 reb
M. Scott (ATL): 15 pts, 10 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]
The Hawks kept it close for awhile and gave the Heat a run for their money but they couldn’t hold on forever. A huge game out of Chris Bosh, some momentum changing 3’s by Mario Chalmers, and turnovers is what did the Hawks in tonight.
For most of the game the Hawks were keeping the game close. They were running up and down the court, keeping pace with a Heat team that has one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA. There was one player they couldn’t keep up with however and that was Chris Bosh. Bosh torched the team with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He was all over the court, topping it off with a highlight dive into the stands as he chased a loose ball.
Midway through the 3rd quarter there was a stretch in the game where the ball was bouncing all over the place, the Hawks couldn’t hold on to the ball. The Hawks let the Heat get out into transition and that will almost certainly destroy any hopes a team has at winning against them. The player to make the Hawks pay? None other than Mario Chalmers. Chalmers scored nine straight points and from that point on, the Heat never looked back.
The reason this stretch was allowed to happen was because the Heat covered the ball in butter. Okay actually it was cause the Hawks were rushing and looked completely out of synch. The ball was flying everywhere except to teammates. By the time they stopped themselves it was too late, the Heat were comfortably ahead. The Hawks could have survived Bosh’s monster game and Chalmers 3’s; they couldn’t survive the turnovers.
Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]
Al Horford: Horford started at the power forward position tonight next to Ayon. He had an okay game on offense going 5/9 with 12 points. He didn’t get to the free throw line very often but I’ll give credit to the Heat where it’s due. They did a good job of not fouling him. My main complaint with Horford was the turnovers. He had 7 of them, 6 in the 1st half. A usually low turnover guy it was really weird seeing him turn the ball over as much as he did. 7/10
Jeff Teague: Teague had a rough game shooting wise going 4-for-13 and looking very uncomfortable when trying to score. He had a moment early in the game where he drove straight to the basket with a Heat defender just waiting for him, his shot was rejected. His defense was also very shaky tonight with some bad fouls and confusion. He managed to keep the offense into a system at least as he had 7 assists and kept the ball moving. 5/10
Gustavo Ayon: Starting in place of the injured Paul Millsap, Ayon didn’t have too bad a game. He had some defensive issues whenever he ended up on Bosh and that cost the Hawks plenty of times. Besides that though he had an okay game. Didn’t make a huge impact, but didn’t hurt the team outside of when he was guarding Bosh. 6/10
DeMarre Carroll: Another solid game for Carroll. His 3 point shooting is becoming more of a threat as he shot 2-for-3 from three point land tonight. His defense was solid as always. 7/10
Kyle Korver: Every shot Korver took was a 3 as he did his best to try and exploit the Heat’s perimeter defense. Unfortunately for him, the Heat did a pretty good job of making him work for every shot. He had two steals and had his usual solid help D. The streak is 84 now, which Korver got out of the way early having it be the Hawks first points of the game. 8/10 Continue Reading…