12/30 New Jersey Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Game Ball & Extra Laps

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Final Score: New Jersey Nets 98 | Atlanta Hawks 105

Box Score: Yahoo! Sports

This win was nowhere near as impressive or satisfying as the first two wins, but a win is a win, no matter how ugly you played to get it. Not every player played sloppy though, there were Hawks players that actually played really well.

With that, let’s see which players should be considered for the game ball for their performance, and which players deserve extra laps in practice.

Game Ball Consideration

Joe Johnson:  The Hawks’ max contract player stepped up tonight, especially when they needed him the most. Joe Johnson scored the last 7 points for the Hawks. With under a minute left, and the Hawks only up two, Joe Johnson got past the rookie, Marshon Brooks, and hit a floater to put the Hawks up 4. Joe Johnson also hit five straight free throw shots to ice the game. No Average Joe finished with 21 points in 6-13 shooting.

Jeff Teague: #TeagueTime was in full effect tonight. Teague was the only Hawks player that was impressive from start to finish. He got to the rim at will, played good defense, and even set up teammates. Teague finished the game with a team high 22 points while shooting 9-12 from the field, and dished out 6 assists in the process.

Marvin Williams: I’ll be honest, I really think Teague and Joe are the only two players someone should consider the Player of the Game, but I’ll include Marvin just because of the half court shot he made at the end of the first half (I’ll upload it to our Youtube Channel later tonight). Marvin did have a solid game though, scoring 11 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in 25 minutes of play.

Winner: I’ll give the game ball to Jeff Teague. Any time a Hawks player can give you hope for the future after a performance, he has to be Player of the Game. This is Jeff Teague’s first SDS Game Ball.

Extra Laps

Al Horford:  Horford didn’t have that horrible of a game, but his free throw shooting did almost kill the Hawks. Horford, who was an 80% free throw shooter last season, went 4-8 from the line tonight. He doesn’t deserve extra laps, but he does need to practice his free throws a bit more.

Jannero Pargo: Man, he just might make this list every time he plays big minutes. Pargo is struggling. His shot isn’t going in and his passing is not something you can harp about. Tonight, Pargo finished with 4 points in 1-4 shooting and turned the ball over 2 times in 14 minutes of play.

That’s it. Every other player not mentioned wasn’t bad enough to earn extra laps in practice, but also not good enough to be considered on getting the game ball.

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Soaring Down South Fantasy League Contest Update

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Twelve people have joined the contest, so there’s still two open spots left. Join if you want. Winner of the league will get a Hawks jersey of their choice. More details here.


Tags: Al Horford Jannero Pargo Jeff Teague Joe Johnson Marvin Williams

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