Archives For Raymond Felton

RECAP: Hawks 107, Knicks 98

Bo Churney —  February 22, 2014

FINAL

   NYK(21-35) 98 – 107 (26-29)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Scott (ATL): 30 pts, 8 reb
C. Anthony (NYK): 35 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Defining moment of this game is easy to find. After a Carmelo Anthony three-pointer with 5:56 left in the third quarter, Melo and DeMarre started jawing at each other, resulting in technical fouls for each of them, plus Mike Woodson. The game was 63-48 at the time. After that, DeMarre closed the quarter with 10 points, helping the Hawks to cut the deficit to just 73-68 when the quarter ended. From there, it became the Jeff Teague show, as Teague scored a career-high 16 fourth quarter points to propel the Hawks into the lead. The Knicks simply didn’t have an answer for Teague, as neither Felton nor JR Smith could contain the aggressive version of the Hawks’ point guard. And as Elton Brand said, “We got off that slide, that’s the most important thing.” The Hawks’ eight-game losing streak is now history.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Jeff Teague: Raymond Felton and JR Smith make a great remedy for a long slump. Jeff appeared to re-injure his ankle in the first quarter, but he fought through it to put up one of his best efforts of the season. Teague was consistently able to get into the paint and draw contact, resulting in 15 trips to the foul line, where he made 13. Teague’s final line on the night was 28 points (16 in the fourth quarter), three rebounds, six assists, and only one turnover. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll guarded Carmelo about as well as anyone can, but Melo was just making extremely tough shots at a high rate. Still, scoring 24 points is a great way to cut into Carmelo’s 35. As the intro says, it was DeMarre’s stretch in the third quarter that allowed them to get back into the game. DeMarre said after the game: “I’m trying to develop into a leader, because I think that’s what we’re really missing on this team.” If he keeps acting like this, the Hawks might have found a good one in Al Horford’s absence. 10/10

Kyle Korver: Not much going for Korver in this game. He only had seven points on eight shots, but did connect on two threes to extend the streak to 124 games. He wasn’t a part of the Hawks’ big run late in the game, which is weird, because most runs by this team are usually sparked by a couple of Korver makes. 4/10

Elton Brand: Elton Brand played 43 minutes tonight. ELTON BRAND PLAYED 43 MINUTES!!! The box score doesn’t really show his impact beyond his three blocked shots, but Coach Budenholzer commended Elton’s overall defensive effort and communication on the floor. Huge 43 minutes considering Elton is currently the team’s only healthy center. (Dexter Pittman doesn’t count) 8/10

Mike Scott: Usually I only have the starters in the first five, but Mike Scott’s game warrants getting bumped up here. Let me make this clear: Mike Scott scored 30 points on 14 shots. THIRTY! Teague and Williams did a great job of running pick-and-rolls that freed up Mike for open jumpers and Mike was hitting all of them. The 30 points are a career-high, surpassing his old high of 23, which came against the Knicks last season. 10/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Knicks 106, Hawks 104

Bo Churney —  January 28, 2013

FINAL

NYK(27-15) 106 – 104 (25-19)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 27 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast
C. Anthony (NYK): 42 pts, 5 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This one is going to sting for the Hawks. They shot 60% from the field, over 40% from three, and were 16-20 from the line… but lost. The team committed 19 turnovers, with Horford uncharacteristically being the biggest offender with five. The Hawks had their chance and were leading late, but committed too many mistakes with the game on the line, including getting too close to Carmelo on a drive that resulted in a “foul”. Few calls seemed to benefit the Hawks in this one, with a key miss happening in the first quarter; Jannero Pargo was called for a clear-path foul on J.R. Smith in a situation in which he was clearly ahead of Smith. Then, Smith hit both of the free throws and knocked down an open jumper to give the Knicks a critical four-point swing.

Of course, it’s also hard to win when Carmelo is hitting from here.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: We see all of the facets of Josh’s game in this one. He took head-scratching shots (and made some), dominated inside, and made some key turnovers. Overall, he did well, hitting 9/16 from the field, but missing the potential game-winning three on the last possession. I will talk more about Josh from this game in a later post. 8/10

Al Horford: Al made all eight of his shots in this one, which was somewhat limited due to foul trouble. He was clearly irate with the foul calling in this one, which seems to be becoming increasingly common from the usually stoic Horford. However, his real mistakes hurt, as he missed both of his free throw tries, and turned the ball over five times. 7.5/10

DeShawn Stevenson: After only going 1-8 in his last game, DeShawn went 4-6 from behind the arc in this one, and had another play were he converted an and-one. (I know, right?) Of course, he also drew the unfortunate task of guarding Carmelo for several stretches, which is something he probably wishes he had done a little bit better. (he did well for the most part, but also helped off of Melo a couple of times while he was on fire) 7/10

Kyle Korver: He had to start missing at some point, right? Only 3-8 from the field in this one, but was 5-5 from the line, and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. 5/10

Jeff Teague: One of his best games of the season will probably go unnoticed because of Carmelo’s explosion, and because he somewhat disappeared late in the game. He had 27 points, five boards, six assists, and was the biggest factor for this being a tie game at halftime. Unfortunately, he really couldn’t get anything going in the fourth quarter (credit to an ailing Tyson Chandler) and made a couple of turnovers. 8/10 Continue Reading…