Hawks vs Bulls: Post-Game Analysis - This Is Rock Bottom

Jan 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed (48) goes to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Hawks 97-58. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Short story: the Hawks got steamrolled by the Bulls 97-58. There was painfully bad shooting and no effort given on the glass. I could give you a complete recap, but the entire game was awful. Instead, here’s an embarrassing laundry list of factoids from the game.

    • The Hawks went almost 10 minutes without a single point in one stretch.
    • The previous Hawks low for a half was 25, but the Hawks had only 20 tonight.
    • There were more minutes in the first half than points.
    • The Hawks had more turnovers than made field goals in the first half.
    • The Atlanta Falcons had as many points in the first half Sunday as the Atlanta Hawks.
    • The Hawks had as many personal fouls as made field goals.
    • The Hawks were 2-21 from the field in the second quarter and 8-39 the whole half, or 20.5% shooting from the field.
    • There was a five point second quarter. Five. Points.
    • The 5 point quarter and 20 point half are both franchise lows.

    These stats are not typos.

    The score after 3 quarters was 71-37. Again, not a typo. The 37 points through 3 quarters was an NBA low in the shot clock era. Thankfully, a 21 point outburst from the end of the bench saved the complete game futility.

    Fans, this is rock bottom. It cannot possibly get any worse. We started with a 20-10 cushion in the standings, because if the Hawks played like they have in the past two-three weeks all season long, they would be fighting with the Washington Wizards for lottery odds.

    I can throw out stats all day long but it’s pointless. It was an absolutely dreadful night offensively. There’s no point in calling it an effort because it wasn’t. The offense was running one-on-five for three quarters and the result was either a contested jumper or a turnover.

    I can also give you a bunch of descriptions like atrocious and embarrassing but there really is no point. It was only 1 game out of 82 but even as an outlier, it underscores everything the Hawks have done in this season to a point, or rather failed to do: improve as a team.

    What is there to say after a game like that? Do the Hawks come out and apologize in a press conference? They can do that on the court in the coming days. On a larger scale, what does this recent slide say about the state of the franchise? Should Josh Smith be shopped around ahead of the trade deadline? All these questions will be answered soon but this loss will linger for long time until the Hawks prove to be something more than a tease.

    Up next is a home and away set with Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets. Will the Hawks at least stay competitive? Stay tuned if you can bear it.

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