|Hakim Warrick, PF 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -11
1 rebound in 14 minutes as the starting power forward gets you an F.
|Bismack Biyombo, PF 27 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -8
It’s tough to grade Bismack. I liked his play defensively (10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks? Nice work). I would have liked to seen him with the chance to try and defend Josh Smith one on one a bit more, but the Bobcats sent a double team any time Smith caught the ball near the post.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -10
MKG had a couple of nice drives to the basket for scores – but was otherwise quiet – both in stats and impact.
|Kemba Walker, PG 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | -14
5 turnovers for Kemba, as he was driving into traffic and just careless with the basketball. Disappointing followup to his career high in points against Houston.
|Jeff Adrien, SF 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1
The Bobcats really need Adrien to start hitting those open midrange jumpers he is getting. Unlike Tyrus Thomas and Hakim Warrick, Adrien is not forcing up shots from midrange while covered. Tonight, he went 0-4 from midrange – and they were good shots. With his aggressiveness and rebounding, the Bobcats want him on the court, but he needs to provide a little more offensively to help cement those minutes.
|Jeffery Taylor, SF 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -3
Taylor put in a dogged effort, chasing Kyle Korver around screens and trying to force difficult shots, but the effort didn’t pay off tonight, as Korver hit basically every shot when he saw a sliver of daylight. At the other end, Taylor’s best offensive play of the night was an aggressive drive down the middle of the lane where he attempted to dunk over Josh Smith and Ivan Johnson, and drew a foul (he couldn’t finish the dunk – I just liked the job he did attacking).
|Brendan Haywood, C 22 MIN | 0-2 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -6
Brendan gets an F for this single play, encapsulated by a screenshot:
Following a Jeffery Taylor miss from three, Brendan grabs the offensive rebound. And with 23 seconds remaining on the shot, and Ben Gordon wide open behind the three point line with no defenders between them, up goes a contested jumper.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 30 MIN | 10-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | -1
Ramon Sessions was terrific tonight. His midrange one-handed push shot couldn’t miss and he was able to get to the rim repeatedly, with the Hawks missing both Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia in the paint.
|Ben Gordon, SG 23 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | +7
Even with 3 of 4 shooting from deep, Gordon needed 12 field goal attempts, 4 free throws (2 possessions), and 4 turnovers to get his 15 points. That’s not going to cut it.
Three Things We Saw
- Even without Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia, the Hawks did just fine on the boards, with 13 offensive rebounds. Josh Smith had a huge game, with 30 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists, as the Bobcats’ bigs couldn’t contain, and when the double teams came, he was able to find open shooters.
- Open shooters who were behind the three point line, that is. Atlanta shot 12 of 25 from long range, as the Bobcats struggled to rotate quickly enough to cover for double teams and it routinely left Atlanta with open looks.
- Most nights, you’d be pleased with the 18 turnovers by Atlanta, with 11 steals by the Bobcats. But most nights, teams don’t turn the ball over 19 times themselves. The little bit of an advantage the Bobcats could have created through ball pressure and playing the passing lanes was negated by their returning the favor themselves.