Well it took them four games and three quarters, but it appears as if the Atlanta Hawks have finally remembered how to play winning basketball.
Lead by a flat-out spectacular showing from Atlanta’s role players, the Hawks, who trailed by as much as 15 points in the third quarter, bounced back with a 35-19 effort in the fourth to pull out a much needed victory.
With that, here is our immediate analysis and overreaction to each Hawks’ performance. (Players will not appear if they did not play at least 15 minutes)
Jeff Teague: D
Our very own Wesley Morton summed up this performance quite nicely in a recent article. He had three steals, that’s about it. But silver lining, right?
Devin Harris: A+
If you thought Josh Smith’s play was bipolar, Devin Harris’ is outright insane. He’s become notorious for a curve-ball game of solid production from time to time, but tonight he was just on a different level. He finished with a game-high 24 points on 8-9 shooting, he went 4-5 from downtown and even tossed out five assists. His performance felt an awful lot like finding twenty bucks in an old pair of jeans.
Kyle Korver: C
If he did not play at least 15 minutes, there would be absolutely no point in mentioning him. He didn’t hurt the team, as much as he just failed to do much of anything. He finished with 3 points on 1-4 shooting and had two assists.
Josh Smith: A
Stat-sheet stuffing and bad shot selection, nothing new here. He posted 15 points on 7-14 shooting and posted a team-high 10 rebounds and 6 assists. He also went 0-3 from beyond the arc and is still batting a thousand in face-palm worthy shots.
Al Horford: C
When a guy shoots 6-9 for 12 points and notched two blocks, you can’t necessarily call it a bad night — that is unless you are Al freaking Horford. Not sure where his play has been lately, but it’s certainly not on par with what we saw earlier in the season. His three rebounds can attest to that.
Lou Williams: C
He had a typical night as a volume shooter, putting together a pedestrian 14 points on 13 shots. He’s been on a pretty big tear as of late, but has sputtered slightly the last two games.
Ivan Johnson: B+
13 points, 7 rebounds, a block and a steal in 26 minutes. It’s also rumored that he’s leading Atlanta in children scared and internet memes per game. Imagine that.
Zaza Pachulia: C+
Foul magnet and went 5-7 from the field for 12 points. He wasn’t class Zaza on the glass in this one, but he continues to get the job done where he’s needed. He also nailed to huge momentum shifting back-to-back buckets out of the gate in the fourth.
The Hawks will now look to carry this momentum into their next contest against the Washington Wizards. 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 Saturday, Jan.12, at 7:00 PM (ET).
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