Obviously scoring 12 points in a single quarter is never ideal. Or sporting a 5-20 free throw differential. But such is the life of an Atlanta Hawks fan — at least for tonight.
I’ll try to keep this as short as possible, considering no one want to dwell on the semantics of losing two straight. We can chalk this one up to some lackluster effort and some pretty dismal shooting slumps.
After all, any time Josh Smith is going 1-5 from beyond the arc, or just shooting five three-pointers period, it’s going to be a long night.
With that, here is my immediate overreaction and assessment of each Hawks performance. (Players will not appear if they did not play at least 15 minutes)
Jeff Teague: B+
If you needed something positive to hold onto after this one — which I know I do — Teague’s bounce back performance is pretty much all you’re going to be able to cling to. After posting five points and not a single assists in Minnesota the night before, he regained his form and posted a solid 15 points on 7-11 shooting and dished out 8 assists. He didn’t exactly lock down Kyrie Irving, but let’s pick our battles here.
Lou Williams: D
The only thing more bipolar than Lou’s role in the lineup is your ex, and maybe his production. Whether his confidence was rattle when Drew went with a larger starting five isn’t my call. But five points on 2-8 shooting isn’t what you’d expect from a guy who’s been on an absolute tear recently and that dropped 21 the night before.
Kyle Korver: C+
Well, he outrebounded Al Horford and went 4-8 from downtown. Not exactly top-tier production in a game-high 38 minutes, but what do you expect.
Josh Smith: B+
It’s incredinbly difficult to give Josh an “B+” after this one, seeing as his shot selection was a resounding “F” yet again. He did, however, post six blocks, four assists and eight rebounds to go with his 17 points. How he managed to shoot 8-16 is beyond me. Someone seriously needs to run this one back and do a recount.
Al Horford: F ☚
Five rebounds and 7-18 from the field. With no Anderson Varejao. Here’s to pointing fingers.
John Jenkins: D
It was going to happen sooner or later — everyone has an off night. Jenkins finished 2-7 from the field and 1-3 from deep on the night. Maybe it’s just those rims in Cleveland.
Zaza Pachulia: B+
He struggled a little defensively, but he played like a man. Posting a team-high 10 rebounds in 25 minutes.
The Hawks will now return home to take on the Utah Jazz in hopes of snapping their four-game skid. You can watch the game live on NBA League Pass and Fox Sports South, or listen to it for free with NBA All-Access radio on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 PM (ET).