Apparently the Hawks are intent on seeing just how many offensive rebounds they can give up and still walk away with a win. Fortunately, the Wizards remain a regular season oasis on Atlanta’s schedule, as the Hawks’ have now won 18 of their last 19 meetings and are 3-0 in the season series.
That said, the Hawks cut it awfully close in this one, buzzer-beater close. As Jordan Crawford, who was 5-8 from beyond the arc and a game-high 25 points with one second remaining, launched what could have been a game-winning three.
It was the second time this season the Hawks and the Wizards faced off in overtime. And the second time Atlanta managed to show in the extra period that they shouldn’t have been there to begin with.
That said, a win is a win. I suppose. And what better way to celebrate it than over-analyze and overact to every Hawks’ performance. Players will not appear if they did not play at least 15 minutes.
Kyle Korver: B+
He continues to spread the floor as well as anyone in the league, finishing with 16 points on 3-4 from deep and 5-6 from the field. He’s still not opening any eyes defensively, finishing the night with five personal fouls, but he’s getting the job done at both ends and is playing within himself.
Josh Smith: A (Player of the game)
Josh Smith was erratic, which isn’t exactly surprising, but he got results. He finished with a pretty stat line of 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 steals. He went 5-10 from the line, which certainly could have been better, but the Hawks wouldn’t have pulled out this win without him.
Al Horford: C+
Good news or the bad news? Good news, he posted 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad news, he shot 2-11 and had his shot rejected three times. It’s a tough call to say if the good outweighed the bad in this one, at least by Horford’s standards.
Jeff Teague: C-
Teague finished with 13 points on 5-12 shooting, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers and a block. Crawford finished with 27 points on 10-22 shooting, 11 assists, 9 rebounds and one turnover. Your Christmas tree wasn’t the only thing lit up tonight.
Lou Williams: C
Is it still impressive if you score your team-high 24 points on 6-18 shooting? Your call. He did knock down 10 of his 11 free throws though.
Ivan Johson: B
He needed four stitches between his pinky and his fourth finger and still returned to the game. It doesn’t matter if he popped off a three in regulation, the guy gets a B for heart. At least.
–The Hawks will now return home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. We can only hope they take tonight as a wake up call, because this effort simply won’t fly against a powerhouse Thunder team in the mist of a 10 game win streak. You can watch the game live on NBA League pass or Fox Sports South at 7:30 PM ET, Dec. 19th.