Wow. Sensing some hostility here. (Kidding) This one must have been a frustrating one to watch for you all, particularly since you’ve been seeing the same thing happening.
- Bad shot selection killed the Hawks’ chances in the fourth. It’s hard to understand. Once Dallas got some momentum going, just like in the Milwaukee game (and others), the Hawks started pressing. Among the most galling numbers is Al Horford taking two shots in the fourth.
- Hawks scoring by quarter – 24, 25, 29, 13.
- Shooting percentage by quarter – 57.1, 52.6, 42.9, 26.7.
- Hawks had 46 points in the paint on 30 shots through three quarters, then four and five, respectively, in the fourth.
- I asked Larry Drew what he took from the game: “Something very similar we took from the Milwaukee game. We played, I thought, three good quarters and then in the fourth quarter we had a collapse. Shot selection was not very good. It just comes down to getting tougher in the fourth quarter. You’ve got to do the things that are going to assure you victory.”
- Horford: “I don’t think it’s discouraging. On the road, it’s always tough and you have to play the right way and do everything right to win and we just had a little slippage the last two outings.”
- Josh Smith: “We just had a couple careless turnovers and a couple of little touch fouls. It got them in the bonus early and they were able to utilize the line a little bit.”
- Joe Johnson: “It wasn’t anything they were doing. We had total control of the game and then in the fourth it just got out of hand.”
- Hawks fall to 11-4 on back end of back-to-backs. Two road losses in a row after six wins in a row. Have lost six of last seven in Dallas.
- I thought Jeff Teague gave really solid minutes, particularly defensively against the pick and roll. Johnson did whatever he wanted against DeShawn Stevenson but somehow managed to get to the free-throw line once.
- An ineffectual night for Mike Bibby, who was in foul trouble most of the night to boot.
- Seven different Mavs players scored in double figures. The Hawks had four.
- Jamal Crawford is struggling. Since an 8-for-15 night in the road win over Miami – 5-for-13 against New Orleans, 4-for-13 against Charlotte, 4-for-11 against Milwaukee, 5-for-16 against New York and 4-for-12 against Dallas.
- Mark Cuban’s thoughts on the Atlanta Spirit re-financing debt on Philips, which made it easier for owners to tap into the NBA’s credit facility and also for the team to be sold:
“Very smart. It cleans things up ownership-wise. It gives them flexibility to put their own imprint on (the team) and not look over their shoulder.”
On whether responsibility for filling the arena ultimately falls on the owners:
“It’s always your responsibility when it’s your team. I think Atlanta’s a good market. What I’ve learned, though, is it takes time for fans to trust. That’s why you see teams that make the big turnaround and the fans don’t immediately fill the building because it’s basically fool’s gold. It takes time.”
Interesting assessment, I thought. You could argue it both ways with the Hawks — One, you could say the Hawks have been building for six years and have progressively gotten better, so there’s reason to put more faith in the team and show up. Or, and something tells me this is the view many of you hold, the way the team has gotten shellacked in the playoffs the last two years, on top of the team’s history, screams “fool’s gold.”