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Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks suffered their third defeat succession, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans at Philips Arena in spectacular fashion last night, 112-94. The Hawks were absolutely blown out of the water by the Pels, who were ready to ball from the off. They shot the ball well, they played some good defense and did most of their good work without Anthony Davis. The Hawks looked unprepared, didn’t play with effort didn’t play great defense and deserved to lose by at least 25 points. At the end of the game, Hawks color commentator Dominique Wilkins put it very well when he said “You’d like to say it was a valiant effort, but the effort wasn’t there all night long”.

Decisive first quarter

The Pelicans took control of this game very early on and they never looked back, outscoring the Hawks 34-14 in the opening frame while shooting 63% from the field and 57% from behind the arc as they powered to their best victory of the season.

Sure, they hit some tough shots and caught fire in that first quarter, but the Hawks could’ve done a much better job with their own offense. They shot 26% from the field and 9% from three in the first quarter, and I think a lot of this has to fall on the floor general, the point guard: Dennis Schröder. The point guard is supposed to facilitate/run the offense. With the system the Hawks run, there’s a little less emphasis on Schröder to do this the whole time, but he still has to run the system and he didn’t do that in the first quarter, and beyond.

The Hawks were trailing early and needed to get into their offense, get into some sort of flow. What’s a good way to do that? Oh yea, just jack up a three with 19 seconds of shot clock left.

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RECAP: Hawks 95, Hornets 86

Bo Churney —  January 1, 2013


NOH (7-24) 86 – 95 (20-10) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 23 pts, 13 reb, 7 asts, 3 stl, 4 blk
G. Vasquez (NO): 17 pts, 9 reb, 10 ast

The Hawks apparently didn’t know if they were supposed to guard Ryan Anderson or not, but they were extremely aware that you should attack him in the post. The three Hawks bigs all had great nights, highlighted by the “OH MY GOD!” line by Josh that you can see above. Atlanta only had five turnovers, shot 40% from three, and improve to 7-1 on the 2nd game of back-to-backs. They are also only half-game behind the Knicks for 2nd place in the East.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Just look at Josh’s stat line and absorb that for a minute. The last two players to do that were Tim Duncan in 2008 and Shaquille O’Neal in 2001. He was doing most of his work in the paint, and really only took one jumper that he shouldn’t have. Usually this type of game would be worth a 10, but he was a little slow getting back on defense a few times in the first half; you can’t do that, Josh. 9.75/10

Al Horford: Some might point at Al’s lack of rebounds as a lack of effectiveness, but Josh and Zaza did most of the rebounding work, and you can only grab so many rebounds. On offense, he was great, going 10-17 with 20 points and three assists, including several shots down the stretch that helped seal the game for the Hawks. 8/10

Lou Williams: The officials let the guys play for the most part, meaning Lou wasn’t able to really get much off of driving in the lane against Lopez and Davis. He was able to facilitate, though, which helps cancel out the 4-13 shooting night… a bit. 6/10

Kyle Korver: I can’t stress how much Korver helps the Hawks. He spreads the floor so much on O, and then is extremely active on defense. He finished with 14 points on only eight shots, with the only non-three being a runner in the lane that was ambitious, but terrible. 7/10

Jeff Teague: There was a lot of “YIKES!” coming from me on Teague’s shooting, but he did a lot in other places, including passing, and a few hustle plays on defense. Vasquez was able to rip him a bit early in the game, which is still something Jeff needs to work on at times. He did shore up his defensive efforts later in the game, which included a stretch where he fouled three times in about a minute. 5/10 Continue Reading…