This was a fun game to watch as a Hawks fan because we got to see our team literally flip the switch once the second half began. Outside of Teague, no one was really doing anything in the first half and it looked like another one of those disappointing games. Whatever was said at halftime worked because the Hawks came out and just outworked the Raptors on both ends of the floor. Teague led the charge and Al was right there to help and dominate his matchups against Toronto. Hopefully this is a game that the Hawks can build off of as the season comes to an end and realize how good they are when playing with this energy and intensity.
Game Grades: Each player is given a grade on an A+ through F scale based upon their performance.
Jeff Teague: A+
Even with the slow start in the beginning of the first half, Teague was the reason why the Hawks were still in the game, as he was getting to the basket with ease and hitting a few mid-range jumpers. In the fourth quarter, he took over the game by getting into the lane, dishing out assists, and nailing shots from the perimeter. Teague is well deserving of the player of the game nod for finishing with 24 Pts, 13 assists, four rebounds and one steal.
Kyle Korver: C-
To start the game off, Kyle was struggling as he was missing plenty of open looks from beyond the arc. But the important thing is he hit a couple of 3-pointers to extend his streak to 65 straight games.
Anthony Tolliver: D
This was a rather sub-par game for Tolliver, as he was repeatedly getting beat on defense and killed on the glass. However, he did hit 50% of the shots he took and both of the free-throws. Sadly, his lackluster play had him benched in favor of Ivan Johnson at the beginning of the second half.
Josh Smith: A-
This is the type of game that many fans want Josh to play. He was relatively silent, which in this case was good for him. He played solid defense on the perimeter and posted up on offense when he had the opportunity. I only counted one jump shot from him, which to many Hawks fans is phenomenal.
Al Horford: A
The BOSS started slow in the first half but as soon as the second half hit, he turned it on and helped lead the Hawks to victory. At the end of the game Horford registered another 20/10 performance and was arguably the player of the game.
Shelvin Mack: C-
Mack was playing well early controlling the tempo of the game. He led the team in turnovers, but did get three assists in his limited time on the floor.
John Jenkins: B+
Didn’t get enough time on the floor, but of the time he was out there Jenkins was active on offense finishing with 9 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 11 minutes.
DeShawn Stevenson: C
DeShawn was brought into the game because Korver couldn’t seem to hit a thing. DeShawn didn’t do much better. He was held scoreless in the game, but his defense was pretty good and was obviously the only reason he was allowed to keep playing.
Mike Scott: C-
Scott really only came into the game after it was pretty much over. He missed both of his jumpers, but did grab two rebounds in the four minutes he was allowed to play.
Ivan Johnson: A
This was another one of those games where the energy and hustle of Ivan Johnson was one of the reasons Atlanta came out with a win. Ivan started the second half and his impact was huge, as he was battling to grab rebounds and scoring on second chance opportunities. There were many possessions late when Ivan was guarding Rudy Gay on the perimeter and he actually did a pretty good job. I think that this game shows his versatility on the defensive end and the possibility of being a more integral role in the rotation.
Johna Petro: D-
I will keep this simple by saying Petro played like Petro. He grabbed three rebounds, but he was getting killed on defense by Valanciunas and took a couple of ill advised shots.