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In this week’s recap, the Heat are on a losing streak!? Is this Miami slump just a bump in the road or is there more to it? The Hawks just knocked off the Rockets and despite missing Al Horford seem to be chugging along. Pero Antic is breaking out as a legitimate rotation player and we say goodbye to Cartier Martin. The Wizards can’t seem to get themselves over .500 and just got stomped by the Pacers. The Bobcats are entering a free fall, it might be the injuries but I think it’s effort. The Magic…they are awful.

Miami Heat, 1st, 27-10, 2nd in the East, 1-2 during weekMIA

After smacking around New Orleans and Toronto it looked like Miami was going to continue on their war path by putting a beat down on the dysfunctional and struggling Knicks. The game was on national TV and was the perfect stage for Miami to obliterate somebody. Then, as if it was a perfect storm, the Knicks played probably their best basketball for the entire season and had possibly a season changing win over the Heat. The next night on a back to back Miami traveled across New York over to Brooklyn to take on the also struggling Nets. The Heat lost that one in double overtime. The Heat had Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, and Dwyane Wade all resting and didn’t look incredibly concerned with winning. The game was bizarre in that we saw a rare moment where LeBron James lost his composure. After a foul on a fastbreak LeBron went nuts and tried to get in the face of the player who fouled him. I’ve never seen that before. I don’t think it means much in the grand scheme of the season but it was still a rare sight.

Atlanta Hawks, 2nd, 20-17, 3rd in the East, 2-1 during weekATL

The Hawks did exactly what we expected them to do after they lost Al Horford. They went on a losing streak and looked nothing like the above average team that could compete with anybody in the league on any given night. Then they had a HUGE victory over the number one team in the East, the Indiana Pacers. Two days later Dwight Howard and Houston came to town and the Rockets couldn’t establish anything. The Hawks delivered Dwight Howard his sixth straight loss in Philips Arena and the Hawks were back to playing at their old level of play. Had the Hawks beaten the Pacers on a random night, I would have put that towards a fluke, but beating the Rockets the way they did means the Hawks may have found a way to sustain without Horford. The team is better with Horford, but players are stepping up without him, more specifically Pero Antic is. Early in the season I wasn’t sure if Antic was an NBA player, let alone a rotation player. He has shown through this Horford-less stretch that he has the ability to definitely be a eighth or ninth man rotation player in this league. We also say goodbye to Cartier Martin this week. Martin was waived from the team before his contract became guaranteed, while slightly surprising, this wasn’t entirely shocking. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 101, Bobcats 91

Bo Churney —  November 23, 2012

FINAL

CHA(6-5) 91 – 101 (7-4) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL) 26 pts, 13 rebs, 3 blks
R. Sessions (CHA): 22 pts, 4 rebs, 4 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I’ll start off by saying that this was a really, really fun game. The Hawks kept getting ahead by double-digits, but the Bobcats would find a way to creep back in it. In the end, the Hawks won behind Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia’s energetic fourth quarter. The team also recorded 15 blocks, which is the most in a game for the Hawks since February 15th, 2000, when Dikembe Mutombo recorded a 21-13-11 triple-double. The Hawks are on a four-game winning streak.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Another classic Josh Smith game; he had 10 points on 12 shots, but also had eight assists and two blocks. Sure, sometimes you might wish Drew would sit him when he’s jacking up Js, but the team absolutely falls apart when he’s not on the court. So, I’ll live with it for now. 5/10

Al Horford: FANTASTIC game from Al. He was 13-17 from the field, grabbed 13 boards, and made almost zero mistakes. The Hawks were running great sets for him where he just able to lose Biyombo under the basket, which had to be frustrating for the sold-out Charlotte crowd. 10/10

Zaza Pachulia: Barely played at all before the fourth quarter, but he sure as hell brought it for that last frame. It all started at the end of the third off of a driving layup from halfcourt. After that, he was all over the place, grabbing rebounds, diving for loose ball, and even leading the fastbreak. It’s a shame he only got 14 minutes. 9/10

Devin Harris: This is the third straight strong game from Harris, which is really starting to turn my opinion on him. He had three blocks, was efficient from the field, and he had zero turnovers. 8/10

Jeff Teague: This was his second double-double on the year, which included a season high 12 assists. Once again, he probably had fewer minutes than he should have in the second half, but his play really wasn’t too great; Jeff was 1-6 from the field, but had five assists. The overall performance is still strong, though. 8/10 Continue Reading…