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This game symbolized the best of times and the worst of times. Atlanta for right now is enjoying the best of times these days and Memphis is stuck in the worst. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead in the early frame and it was all she wrote from there. The Atlanta Hawks went to Tennessee and turned the Grindhouse into a vacation spot dominating the Memphis Grizzlies 107-90. The struggling Hawks defense of late, who was without Dwight Howard,  being held out for rest held Memphis to 37.8% from the field. For a complete recap of the game, check out Graham Chapple on HawksHoop.com. As always, it is a thorough and informative read.

The Hawks were led by, you guessed it, Dennis Schroder. But not on the offensive end; on this night it was on the defensive end. Schroder locked in on Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley and made him work all night long. The rest of his teammates followed his cues and dominated the game start to finish. It’s the start to my…

Three Lessons

Lesson number one: Oh, the Atlanta Hawks have a bench now?

Breaking news to HawksHoop! The Atlanta Hawks have bench scoring for a change. Even more amazing, a bench player led the team in scoring! Hawks rookie Taurean Prince led the team in scoring with 17 points. Not Dennis Schroder, not Paul Millsap, but Taurean Prince. Prince had set his career high by the end of the first quarter with 12 and went on knock down five of his six shots. Prince knocked down three of four three pointers, hit all of his four free throws, grabbed three rebounds, dropped two dimes, had a couple of steals and a block. Quite a mouthful huh? Jose Calderon scored 14 points in 19 minutes (this was a bad night for the Grizzlies folks!) to lead the consistent production from the bench all night. The is not the bench mob, but for one night it’s not Tim Hardaway Jr. show by himself.

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The Hawks continued their winning ways on Wednesday night, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 96-86 in the NBA’s first ever Tinder “Swipe Right Night”.

Atlanta was again led by starting point guard Jeff Teague, who cracked 20 points for a career-high sixth straight game. Teague took it upon himself to be the closer late in the game when the Hawks needed it, scoring 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a late 3 where he was wide open in semi-transition.

“We were just playing,” Teague said on both his and Kyle Korver’s late 3-pointers. “It was the flow of the game — early offense. Coach always says if we see something out there that we can do and we have the confidence, we can do it. I felt confident in that shot.”

The whole team seems confident lately and the shot Korver hit showed it best. After getting open in transition, the Hawks’ bench was already celebrating before the shot even went up.

The celebration capped off what had been a hardly fought game between the two teams. While the Hawks were usually the ones holding the lead, the grit and grind play of Memphis allowed them to muck up the game and slowly let the Grizz creep back into it after a few successful possessions. As usual, both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley anchored the team on both ends of the floor, creating the opportunities that Memphis needs in order to win. Continue Reading…

FINAL

MEM.gif(17-19) 108 – 101 (20-18)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Conley (MEM): 21 pts, 4 reb, 13 ast, 4 stl
P. Millsap (ATL): 21 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks were without Pero Antic (back spasms), but that wasn’t necessarily their biggest issue; if the Hawks keep relying on Mike Scott to keep trying to save the team after slow starts in the first quarter, they are going to have a bad time. The Grizzlies got out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter and really held that kind of advantage for the entire game. The Hawks had the lead a couple of times, but for the most part it was always Grizzlies by single-digits. Mike Conley torched the Hawks on both ends of the floor and really outplayed Jeff Teague; Conley was a game-high plus-20 in a contest that was decided by seven points.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: The value of plus-minus can be seen with Conley’s rating above. The downside? Millsap played a good game… but was a minus-17. All that really means is that Paul was in and out of the game at inconvenient times. (like in for the 9-2 Memphis start, out for the Hawks’ run with Mike Scott in the game) Paul hit one three on the night, but it was late in the game when the Grizzlies had a big enough lead that the Hawks had to keep playing the foul game. 7.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: The Hawks probably could have used Carroll on Conley a lot more. Courtney Lee and a 33 year old Tayshaun Prince concern me a lot less than Conley, who has been playing great lately. Offensively, Carroll was efficient by scoring 15 points on nine shots and no turnovers. Since I usually harp on his transition game, he did fine in that aspect. 8.5/10

Gustavo Ayon: Gustavo did some work on the boards (seven in just 14 minutes), but I’m sort of perplexed as to why you start Gustavo over Elton Brand with the way Elton has been playing lately. Sure, Elton still got his minutes, but since the team keeps getting off to bad starts, they might want to consider starting off games with their defensive anchor and a more capable offensive player in the lineup. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Mike Conley is a very good defender, meaning he gave Teague some fits without Horford there to act as Teague’s security blanket. He started off kind of slow in the first half and he blossomed a bit in the second half… as did Mike Conley, only Conley’s transformation was on a bigger scale. Conley had 12 points, eight assists, and three steals in the second half and Teague and co. simply could not keep up with that kind of production. In the end though, a 1:1 assist:turnover ratio (five assists, five TOs) isn’t going to cut it from your starting point guard. 5.5/10

Kyle Korver: It took until the third quarter for Kyle to extend his three-point streak to 107 games, but he did get it done. Memphis paid a lot of attention to keeping Kyle off of the three-point line, meaning he got a mix of two-pointers and passing opportunities that he was able to convert into five assists. Of course, Kyle’s passing has been a bit more on display this season, and his three dimes per game are a career high. 7/10 Continue Reading…