I am too miffed right now to do a full recap. Basically the whole game could be summed up in the fact that the Hawks got outscored in the fourth quarter 31-19. They quit doing the things that let them overcome a sluggish start and seize control of the game. For the most part Al Horford carried them through the fourth period but he can’t get a touch at the end of the game. To the Raptors credit, they did do a pretty good job of denying Horford the ball late.
The Hawks had control of this game and it should have been over. Someone just forgot to tell the Raptors that. Back to back layups to start the fourth prompted a Woodson time out. One other sequence where Jamal Crawford pulled up for a terrible three point shot off the dribble which the Raptors rebounded and turned into a three pointer of their own. That was the beginning of the end for the Hawks in my view. I don’t want to rip on Jamal too much because he was a big reason for the Hawks digging themselves out of a hole and taking control of the game during the third quarter.
Maybe after a night’s sleep I can convince myself that this loss wasn’t that big a deal. No amount of sleep is going to erase the fact that this is yet another game that should have been a victory but the Hawks found a way to lose it. Ultimately when all is said and done you can look back to games like tonight and a couple of the losses to the Knicks and that is the difference in being Southeast Division champions or runners up.
More thoughts coming tomorrow.