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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…

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…