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After getting dismantled by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks returned home to face the 1-9 Lakers. Los Angeles has been terrible on the season, and their league-worst defense offered an easy opportunity for the Hawks to bounce back. That wasn’t the case, as the Lakers came out firing, and put Atlanta at a disadvantage early.

The Hawks defense was awful, allowing Kobe Bryant and company to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end. LA dropped 31 points in the first quarter, and they had one of their most efficient halves of the young season. Paul Millsap scored 13 of the Hawks’ first 15 points, but had to go to the bench due to foul trouble. The rest of the team could only muster up seven points in the first period.

Things didn’t get much better for the Hawks in the second, as the Lakers started to pile on. The Hawks started to show some life on the offensive end, but defensively they struggled for the second straight game. The Lakers were moving the ball more than they had all season, and Atlanta’s rotations weren’t sharp. Nick Young came off the bench in his first game and burned the Hawks, seemingly hitting every shot he took. The Hawks trailed 67-52 at the half, and things weren’t looking good for the home team. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 114, Lakers 100

Bo Churney —  December 17, 2013

FINAL

LAL(11-13) 100 – 114 (13-12)ATL

Key Performers:
A. Horford (ATL): 19 pts, 11 reb, 5 ast
N. Young (LAL): 23 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

After slightly struggling on the boards and on defense in the first half, the Hawks completely turned up the energy in the third quarter to completely take over the game. Kyle Korver had 11 points in the quarter, and the entire team was swarming on defense and using that energy to get out in transition. Coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game, “In the third quarter, I thought out aggressiveness and our intensity on the defensive end set the tone for a good second half.” That type of focus was also shown on the offensive end, as the Hawks only had ONE turnover in the entire second half; a far cry from the 27 turnovers they had against the Knicks on Saturday.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Gasol had some good looks against Horford early, but if Horford is going to play center, this is going to be expected from seven-footers like Pau. Overall, Horford had his usual consistent night, putting up 19 points and 11 rebounds. He was particular fun to watch in transition, has he took the ball up the floor even more than usual in this game, probably because of his speed advantage over Gasol. 9/10

Paul Millsap: Good bounce back for Millsap after his struggles against the Knicks. He had more steals than turnovers tonight (four to two) and he had an extremely solid offensive night with 18 points on 13 shots. The only negative for Millsap is that he did seem to do a poor job boxing out in the first half, which was a big reason the Lakers were doing so well during that time. The problem did correct in the second half, though. 8/10

Jeff Teague: So Robby, Sekou Smith, and I were criticizing Jeff Teague before this game. Why? Because we saw his shot chart and noticed that he’s making less than 50% of his attempts at the rim, which is well below the league average. Coincidentally, another point guard that has this same problem is… Brandon Jennings. Now, scoring troubles aside, Teague did well at orchestrating the offense against the Lakers, especially in the third quarter, where he had six assists. What he did in that quarter that was so successful was partially a team effort, but Jeff made his move extremely quickly in the pick-and-roll, allowing his man to get freed up for the shot attempt. For Jeff to be successful, he has to continue to be quick, decisive, and aggressive in the PnR. 7.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: Since I’m the main force behind the “WHY IS DEMARRE DRIBBLING?” campaign, I should be the first to point out that he did not turn the ball over at all this game. He did, however, take eight shot attempts in the first half (probably not the greatest thing), one of which was a wide open floater from about three feet out that he clanked off the rim. =/ Defensively, he did very well when he was on Kobe, usually keeping the Hall of Famer from getting into the lane. 7/10

Kyle Korver: It was a rocky start for Korver, who missed four open three-point attempts in the first quarter. He did recover from that and scored all 11 of his points in the third quarter, nine of which came off of three-pointers. The streak is now at 94 games with a made three-point field goal. 7/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

PHI(31-47) 101 – 124 (43-36)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Smith (ATL): 28 pts, 12 reb, 4 asts
St. T. Young (PHI): 28 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I’m going to sound a lot like Larry Drew here, but this was one of the most complete efforts by the Hawks this season. Thaddeus Young was getting everything that he wanted, but that did not discourage the Hawks at all. Admittedly, the defense could be better, but the Hawks shot 53% from the field, were 18-for-19 from the line, and had a total of 34 assists on 49 made baskets. And finally, one of my favorite stats of the night: the bench scored 53 points, one of their highest totals of the season.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Yes, Smoove was hitting his jumpers (he was 4-for-7 on those), but he was also extremely patient with his moves in the paint. Usually he either goes completely aggressive or totally passive, ending up in a completely erratic night from Josh. Not today; he knew when to attack, and when to hold up. The 28-12-4 line was one of his best of the season, but he could have been a little stronger in trying to contain Thaddeus Young. (hence the -0.5) 9.5/10

Al Horford: Al didn’t really do anything notable… and he still ended up with 16 points and nine rebounds. He was extremely quiet in the first half, but he got some good looks off the pick-and-roll in the third quarter. With the effort, he’s still on pace to be the first Hawk to average a double-double since Dikembe Mutombo did it at the turn of the millennium. 8.5/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle’s streak marches on to 71 games, but this is the first game that I can think of where the team schemed to get him a three-pointer for the sake of extending the streak. After missing on his only three-point attempt in the first three quarters, Coach Drew placed Kyle back in the game in the fourth (with the team up by 20 or so) and had Kyle fire off two shots in a couple of minutes. I’m glad the streak continued, but he really wasn’t a factor in this game. 4/10

Devin Harris: Via John Schuhmann, the Hawks are now 23-9 (.719) when Devin Harris starts, 11-13 (.458) when he comes off the bench, & 9-14 (.391) when he doesn’t play. Gee, I believe somone wrote something about how aweseome Devin Harris has been this year… oh yeah, that was me. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Despite zero attempts from the free throw line for Jeff, he was still showing some aggressiveness on the court. He was able to get to the rim easily and transition, and made all of the right passes on the night, finishing 11 assists and zero turnovers. This was only Jeff’s fifth game of the season with zero turnovers. 8.5/10 Continue Reading…