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The Hawks took care of business at home 106-90 against the Washington Wizards to even up their Eastern Conference Semifinals series at a game apiece. Washington’s John Wall was a late scratch just 60 minutes before tipoff, providing a good opportunity for Atlanta to get a vital win before the series shifts to Washington. Both Coach Budenholzer and DeMarre Carroll said after the game that the defensive plan did not change as a result of Wall’s absence, but it’s hard to believe that Jeff Teague ends up with a playoff-career-high seven rebounds if he has to contend with the taller and more athletic John Wall.

Ramon Sessions stepped up for the Wizards in Wall’s absence and played a fine game, shooting 8-for-14 for 21 points. Teague had a difficult time shooting against Washington, but contributed well in other areas of the game with the seven rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Hawks totaled 30 assists on 37 made baskets, a byproduct of the perimeter players being able to get in the paint and find open shooters spacing the floor. Atlanta’s aggressiveness paid off in other ways; the Hawks got to the free throw line 25 times and forced Washington’s Marcin Gortat out of the game with six fouls in the fourth quarter. “We were attacking the goal this game; I think that was big for us,” Carroll said after the game. Continue Reading…

Dennis Schröder wasn’t haven’t a good night. He was putting up a lot of awkward jumpers, making some silly turnovers, and was sometimes being schooled by veteran Ramon Sessions. However, Dennis put all of that behind him to hit the game-winning layup with 2.1 seconds left in the game, thwarting what had been a furious comeback attempt by Charlotte.

Schröder’s woes were reflected with a 4-for-15 shooting night and five turnovers in 27 minutes. However, the young German did manage to rack up seven assists on the night, five of which went to Mike Scott, who continued his great stretch of basketball by scoring 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He and Jeff Teague were largely responsible for the Hawks’ hot shooting first quarter (33 points on 12-for-21 shooting), where the two combined for 13 points on 6-for-8 from the field. Teague’s night dropped off from there, however, as his disjointed playing time after the first led to him only scoring one bucket in his next five attempts.

Two other Hawks joined Scott in double figures. Kyle Korver found his stroke, scoring 14 points by connecting on three 3-pointers and sinking five free throws. DeMarre Carroll also displayed some shooting touch, hitting both of his attempts from behind the arc and using some great cuts to the basket to get some looks near the rim. All of Carroll’s 12 points came in the first three quarters, where the Hawks were then holding a 72-66 lead. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 104, Bobcats 92

Bo Churney —  January 24, 2013

FINAL

CHA (10-32) 92 – 104 (24-18)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 30 pts, 13 reb, 8 ast, 3 blk
R. Sessions (CHA): 27 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

No Horford, Zaza, or Devin Harris? No problem for the Hawks against the Bobcats. With Charlotte lacking a competent frontcourt, Josh went to town, posting a near monster triple-double, earning him ESPN’s top player performance of the night. Despite some turnover issues, the Hawks got a lot of open looks, sinking 12 three-pointers and racking up 31 assists. Even though Charlotte is pretty terrible, the Hawks can take a lot from this game in that they won handily without several key players. Hopefully those players missing this game can mean they can come out at full strength against Boston on Friday.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: This was one of Josh’s best games of the season, as you can see from his statline above. He did have seven turnovers, but quite a few of those were team mistakes/mis-communications. He took a lot of jumper (nine of them to be exact), but 16 shots in the paint with Smoove showing extreme patience on a lot of post ups? Sign me up! 10/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan got his first career start in this game, and he didn’t disappoint. He had ten rebounds by halftime, and finished with a strong double-double of 12 and 15. Among his highlights from his first start: he took three charges and had an amazing block on Bismack Biyombo. 8/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Maybe DeShawn should have sat this one out… his jumper was off badly, and he drove into the lane one time in the 2nd quarter only to have the life swatted out of him by Biyombo. (I love saying that name… Biyombo!) 2/10

Kyle Korver: The Bobcats had this strategy of leaving Kyle Korver open; it wasn’t very effective. Kyle had 21 points on only 11 shots, including a 5-6 performance from behind the arc. The Hawks just kept setting up screens and pindowns for him, and he wasn’t missing. 9/10

Jeff Teague: When Jeff wasn’t letting Sessions blow by him, he was relatively quiet. On the offensive end, this didn’t hurt, because a lot of possessions were Smoove post ups that either turned into Josh shooting, or into a flurry of ball movement that resulted in him not getting direct assists. 6/10 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…