At this point you can’t help but wonder if the Hawks are just keeping games close for the sheer excitement of it. Because Wednesday night’s victory over the Magic could have been easily decided as early as the third quarter, when they held as much as a 19 point lead.
Naturally, Atlanta let them come within striking distance by the fourth quarter. But they casually pulled away down the stretch. It was relatively anti-climatic to be honest, as Hawks’ nation never really felt all that threatened in this one.
Atlanta held the blue and white to 38.8 percent shooting on the night. They have now held Orlando to 79.4 points and 38 percent shooting over their last eight contests.
But as it is in either victory of defeat, we here at Soaring Down South like to over-analyze and overreact to each and every Hawks’ performance. (players will not appear if they did not play at least 15 minutes)
Anthony Morrow: F
He just couldn’t connect. He had solid looks the entire night and only managed an abysmal 2-11 from the field and 0-5 from beyond the arc. We can really chalk this one up to an anomaly I suppose. Shooters go cold sometimes. Wednesday night was a classic example of that.
Josh Smith: A
Any time you have more blocks than the entire opposing team, you know you’re doing something right. Smith finished with a staggering, and momentum shifting, five blocks for the evening. Where as Orlando only finished with three as a team.
He finished with 16 points on 6-14 shooting, hauled in 11 boards and tossed out 3 assists. A solid outing for Smith, namely on the defensive end.
Al Horford: B+
Horford is shooting a career low from his signature 10-15 feet this season. His baseline jumper, for whatever reason, is almost non-existent.
That said, Horford would have had an A in my book, had he not botched so many open looks. He finished the night 13 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals.
Devin Harris: C+
Harris is decidedly average. Every once in a while he’ll throw out a curve ball game, but mostly he falls right in line with our expectations.
He finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He shot 4-8 from the field and 1-4 from three. He’s shooting 29 percent from downtown for the season, so feels free to yell at your TV every time he launches one. I know I am.
Jeff Teague: B
Teague finally put together an efficient outing. After stringing together six straight games of shooting under 50 percent.
His stat line of 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists isn’t going to wow you. But he shot 7-12 from the field and 2-4 from three. He also notched three steals. It’s not exactly going to land him any All-Star ballots, but it’s nice to see him bounce back.
Lou Williams: C+
Williams finished with 11 points, 2 assists and two steals in just under 34 minutes. He only took nine shots. So it’s nice to see he’s capable of logging heavy minutes while playing within the flow of the offense and without forcing anything.
Kyle Korver: B
With his new daughter, Kyra, watching, Korver put on a stellar performance. He shot 3-5 from three after missing the five previous games with back spasm. He looked healthy and logged 20 plus minutes. Nothing else really matters.
Zaza Pachulia: B+
He also had nine rebounds in 18 minutes.
– The Hawks will now look to take on the Charlotte Bobcats at home. Atlanta has won six straight against the Cats and 10 of their last 11 meetings in Philips Arena. You can catch the game live on NBA League Pass or on Fox Sports South at 7:30 PM ET, Dec. 13th.