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Hawks hold off Bobcats

Atlanta Hawks 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -2

A very strong game from the rookie – good defense on Korver, in particular. Taylor chased Korver around screens all night (and, yes, Korver made a few from deep, but not as a result of Taylor lounging). And those open 3s (and one not so open one) started to go down for him as well. The second rounder is looking like a bargain so far.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -20

A solid all-around game for MKG – good defense, good rebounding. Couldn’t draw any fouls tonight, so his scoring efficiency is nothing special, but good all-around game. Battled inside against Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia as the Bobcats had him at the 4 for stretches.

Brendan Haywood, C 22 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -4

It wasn’t just Haywood – but Al Horford had a big game. The 4 of 5 shooting is nice, but needed more rebounding and to slow down the Hawks bigs.

Byron Mullens, C 37 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +1

6 steals? A couple of those were right place, right time, but credit where it is due – Mullens had 8 combined blocks and steals and that’s a solid night’s work to go along with 8 rebounds. Still taking too many jumpers, but he did get to the free throw line a couple of times as well. Also takes some blame for Horford’s big night.

Kemba Walker, PG 44 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 16 PTS | -6

Started hot from deep, going 2 of 3, but missed his last 3 from range. 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists is a nice line – little concerned about 44 minutes on the front end of a back to back.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -10

Needs to put on a little more weight to be able to bang with Horford and Pachulia, as both were getting him pinned under the basket. Nice rebounding work from Bis before he twisted his ankle late – not sure how severe.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 6-15 FG | 8-11 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | +5

The one Bobcat who could get to the line consistently, Ramon didn’t hit quite as many as he sometimes does. And his bobbling of an outlet pass on a fastbreak late pretty much ended the Bobcats’ comeback hopes. Overall, another great game, though.

Ben Gordon, SG 16 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -7

Ben just couldn’t get on track tonight, going 1 for 8. When a shooter isn’t hitting, he’s not doing much good out there.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Hawks controlled this game throughout – the Bobcats would pull close here and there, but it never really seemed like the outcome was in doubt.
  2. With that said – the Bobcats were down 14 with just over 3 minutes, left and trimmed that to 6, before the Hawks closed it out. This team does not quit – they continued to play aggressive defense and attack the basket.

6 comments to Hawks hold off Bobcats

  • SirGladiator

    Its amazing that we only lost by 10, watching this game tonight was like watching the Bobcats of last year. Constantly giving up easy layups and dunks, and missing layups on the offensive end, ultimately settling for long jumpers much of the night. Its a credit to the talent we have this year that we somehow managed to keep the game close, because we were playing absolutely horrible basketball. Horford gets a lot of credit in the post-game commentary, but how much credit is due exactly when you catch a ball all alone under the basket, and lay it in? There’s a reason he made almost every shot he took, because almost every shot he took was so easy somebody who never played basketball before could make it. You’d think that since the Hawks only have 2 players, and Horford is one of them, you’d at least like to have one guy guarding him. Oh well, maybe next time. Tonight was not Bobcats basketball, this was last-year basketball, with just enough this-year talent sprinkled in to give the illusion that it was close. We would’ve won this game easily if we’d played the way we normally play, but we didn’t. We gave up 50 points in the paint, and missed layup after layup at the other end, we deserved to lose by 40. Last year we would have. This year we’re so talented that even when we play horribly we keep it reasonably close, and that’s the one good thing we can take away from tonight’s game. We should be able to bounce back nicely against Washington, and start a fresh new winning streak, one that we can continue through next week’s game against the Hawks. Guarding Horford when he goes inside, and actually getting our fair share of points in the paint ourselves, we should be the double-digit winners next week.

    • You’re right about most of Horford’s points coming from at the basket (I only remember one jumper from him off-hand), but he still deserves credit for those baskets. Horford did a great job of running the floor and heading straight to the rim, to create those kind of openings for himself, as both Byron and Brendan sometimes lag a bit in transition defense. Horford’s commitment to establishing himself at the rim is a great example of what a big man can create without using many post moves – something Byron Mullens should be watching on tape, because he does have the length and touch around the basket to take advantage of the same effort, but he’d rather jog up court and stop first at the top of the key.

  • charlottean

    this was a growing pains game no doubt. but this is one we have to expect from time to time where skilled veterans (smith/horford) will expose our youth. tyrus thomas was missed greatly here because mullens doesn’t matchup well with smith, he matches up way better with horford. playing mullens and thomas for a stretch would have helped big time. mkg was the closest thing but he doesn’t have thomas’ length or experience.

    taylor is looking a lot like bobby phills out there. absolutely love this pick. steal of the draft no doubt.

    mullens is in a big slump, but he’s getting great looks that will eventually fall. if everyone sees this through, these growing pains will pay huge dividends. plus a lot of those missed shots were on layups that he got his own rebound for so he padded his rebound stats while also making his shooting look worse. the steals were nice but he couldn’t contain josh smith at all. hard to expect him too. what you hope for is that in the future, dude can get helped more on smith and simultaneously get a guy like him in foul trouble on the other end. or at least wear him out playing defense.

    all in all a great game considering the age disparity of the core players and that we lost by 10 off of mostly missed layups. if you look at the shot chart and run back the tape, there were a ton of open pretty much uncontested misses at the rim. sessions, walker, mullens, taylor, mkg all guilty. we’ll have games like this but crazy promising that we stayed in the game and almost made the comeback happen again.

    cosign on mullens watching horford on tape. he’s such a crafty player. you look at his game and say “he’s undersized, he’s not incredibly athletic, he’s not an exceptional shooter, he’s not a big time shot blocker” and he just gets in done. a lot like a luis scola/tim duncan type with his game. if mullens gathers that kind of craft in his development time and adds it to his size/athleticism/potential shooting ability guy could be insanely good. we have to remember that this is year 1 with dunlap for all these guys too. have to imagine they are buying in way more NOW than they did in June regardless of how much they did back then.

    fans have got to be patient with the losses. i love that they’ve been exciting to watch, but the wins definitely inflated expectations and that’s going to cause people to have unrealistic bars for these young guys to reach. we should be thinking 4 or 5 years out championship. compete this year, playoffs next year, winning in playoffs year 3 and so forth. if we make playoffs this year, it will be because somebody important was hurt (probably bynum/granger/rose) and it will be great for excitement but it won’t be a true measure of where we’re at yet. but we no doubt have the players now. i doubted walker more than anybody else in this group and he’s been the guy you dreamed he would be when we drafted him. he’s not a top 5 guy in this league, but he’s a respectable starter and he’s clutch. that’s the biggest thing he has over augustin who was never clutch. that and the steals. taylor has been surpisingly good also. I was thinking long time rotation player, now i’m thinking long time nba starter. that dude is legit. mkg has been surprising. we have the guys 1-5 that we need long term. we just have to coach em up and let them grow up.

    but we definitely have the guys.

  • 4aseer

    laid a turkey egg, the fire just wasn’t there

  • 4aseer

    they say eating Turkey makes you sleepy because of this chemical it has in it

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