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Hawks sweep season series

Atlanta Hawks 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Charlotte Bobcats
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:

Haywood for 2 - as Ben Gordon says why?

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

3 comments to Hawks sweep season series

  • SirGladiator

    Losing every game to our main rivals, its disgusting any way you look at it. Its funny, the first thing I noticed about that picture was Haywood wasn’t holding the ball for the last shot, he was stupidly taking a jumper, I missed that Gordon was wide open for 3. Not sure if you even wanna take that open 3 pointer though, because it’s probably still best there just to hold it for the last shot, but I’m sure you can argue that either way. The point being Haywood did the worst thing he possibly could, he shot it himself when there was absolutely no logical reason for him to be shooting the ball. Those are minutes that should be given to Bismack, he can at least learn while sucking, this Haywood guy obviously isn’t getting any better, if anything he’s getting worse. I like how Biyombo is really playing good defense now, but somebody’s still gotta teach him how to catch the ball, and of course how to shoot it.

    Sad to see Kemba do so poorly after a career night, but not shocking. Sessions really stepped it up, that was great to see. I can’t wait for that ‘active’ trade deadline to come around, hopefully we’ll go out and get a big scoring big man to really take our team to the next level, and maybe then we’ll finally have somebody who can properly mentor Biz. Obviously giving up all those rebounds to a team that didnt have either of their top big men is sickeningly and inexcusably pathetic, changes have to be made, no way around that. Gotta learn how to rebound the ball, its got to be priority #1.

  • charlottean

    They had josh smith so….top 2 big men?

    Haywood is really annoying…..biz is back to blocking shots again which is awesome. When he does that, energy comes and leads to better results from everyone.

    Can’t wait for mullens to get back.