Game 1 in Indianapolis wasn’t the prettiest for your Atlanta Hawks.
The game has already been broken down by many other writers, so I won’t bore you with the same thing they said. Instead, here’s a look at some of the most interesting statistics I ran across on NBA.com/stats. I hope you find them as quirky and appealing as I do.
Total number of made free throws for Paul George: 17
Total number of attempted free throws for the entire Hawks roster: 14
I know, I know. Atlanta players were left hanging by officials on Sunday afternoon. But the fact that the refs missed several foul calls doesn’t make up for the fact that the Hawks decided not to attack the basket – something they’ve been doing all season – and settle for contested perimeter jumpers. Take a look at this other article, written by David Vertsberger over at HawksHoop. He does a great job explaining how the Hawks need to roam the three-point line with caution and attack the basket. Big-time ups to Verts.
Second Chance Points: Pacers 19 – Hawks 7
This one is particularly embarrassing for me. I love tough, gritty basketball and watching Josh Smith and even the beloved Ivan Johnson get lazy and put little effort in boxing out Psycho T (Tyler Hansbrough) is dreadful. If you’ve played basketball before you know that sometimes the ball seems to bounce right into your opponent’s hands. After watching the playlist of all 15 Pacer offensive boards, I don’t think I saw that more than once (In that instance, Hibbert was simply taller than Jeff Teague and was able to snatch the rock with ease). Take a look at an example of a player fighting for a rebound (with his teammate just watching) and a lazy effort at boxing out (or I guess, in this instance, not boxing out at all).
Disappointing, I know.
Sorry for cutting it short, but I’ll have more stats after Game 2 and hopefully more video to go with them. Until then, how about an exit question?