Atlanta Hawks: Warriors 115, Hawks 93 (updated)

Vivlamore reporting.

This time it was the Hawks on the wrong end of a blowout.

And it was an ugly one.

The Warriors dominated the Hawks for the final three quarters of a 115-93 victory Saturday night at Philips Arena. The loss came two days after the Hawks beat up the Bobcats. The Warriors are clearly not the Bobcats.

“When they punched us in the mouth we did not respond,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “That was very disappointing. That was very disheartening.

“The most important thing with our ball club is we have to bring energy every night. If we don’t bring the energy then we are really just a below average team. If we bring the energy than I think we can compete with anybody.”

The Hawks (14-7) shot just 36.9 percent from the floor (31-for-84). They trailed by as many as 27 points as the game got out of hand in the third quarter. It was only the third loss in the past 14 games for the Hawks. The Warriors shot 49.5 percent (49-for-99), held the rebounding edge (54-45) and had more assists (32-21).

“They played the right way,” swingman DeShawn Stevenson said. “They got off to a great start. They rebounded. They did things that we didn’t do. You can’t play a team like that and expect to win. They are too talented.”

The Warriors (16-8) concluded a 6-1 East coast road trip. They placed five scorers in double-figures. David Lee led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Carl Landry (19), Harrison Barnes (19), Stephen Curry (18) and Jarrett Jack (13) also doubled up. Lee has a career-long of seven straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hawks were led by Al Horford with 17 points and nine rebounds. Lou Williams had 16 points and Ivan Johnson added 15 points and nine rebounds. Josh Smith had a tough night as he finished with three points on 1-of-12 shooting.

“They were coming down,” Smith said. “They were digging a lot, sinking their guy in so I wouldn’t get to the middle. You are going to have games like that. … If you are a basketball player, you know you are going to have games where you aren’t going to make shots. Tonight was my game. I’ve been playing well offensively for a long time and it was bound to happen.”

The Hawks fell a game behind the Heat for first place in the Southeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference. The Heat defeated the Wizards Saturday.

The Warriors used a 16-5 run to start the second quarter to break open a tie game. They entered halftime with a 62-49 lead, the 13-point lead being the biggest of the first half. The Warriors had five double-digit scorers in the first half led by Curry with 13 points.

The Hawks shot just 36 percent (9-for-25) in the second quarter. Horford had 14 points.

“The energy and the effort is something that has to be there,” Horford said. “It hasn’t happened to the group all year. This is the first time I’ve seen it. It’s frustrating for me. We are at home. It was a great chance to get another win. We have to learn from this. …

“I would like to say there will be nights like this but I think it has to do that it was self-inflicted tonight. We took a lot of bad shots and that affected the way we defended and the way we played as a team. … It was the type of shots. There were a lot of bad shots. It’s something we are going to address as a team.”

Drew was assessed a technical foul at the end of the half for protesting a perceived foul as Jeff Teague drove for a layup in the closing seconds. Drew said his team let the officiating bother them.

“I felt we started blaming the officials,” Drew said. “Every call that happened we were disputing it. There is no place for that. When we were on a little bit of a roll these last few ball games we just played. We played through the officiating. You are not going to change the call so why do it? You blame the officials and don’t get back on defense it puts us at a disadvantage. We can’t play like that. We can’t have that type of performance, particularly when it’s not going well for us.”

The Hawks next play at Washington Tuesday. They host Oklahoma City on Wednesday. It will be the fifth back-to-back games this season. The Hawks are 3-1 in the openers and 4-0 in the final contest.

Notes

* Guard Anthony Morrow missed the game due to back soreness. Morrow first began experiencing pain last week against Memphis and the team has been managing the issue since. Morrow missed significant time due to a stress fracture in his back during his junior season at Georgia Tech in 2006.

* Former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was in attendance.

- Chris Vivlamore

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102 comments Add your comment

Mookie Blaylock

December 15th, 2012
9:20 pm

Josh Smith is into his 8th or 9th year and hasnt made an All-Star team ever. He’s not an All-Star period. Forget all the would have, should have, ands and buts. If your aunt had a _____ she’d be your uncle. Josh Smith is NOT an ALL-STAR.

keith

December 15th, 2012
9:21 pm

Tough Loss Tonight Boys…

keith

December 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

Josh Smith is not making a strong case for a long term deal. I would deal Josh to the Highest Bidder before he walks..

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December 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

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Mookie Blaylock

December 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

No All-Star appearances in almost a decade worth of playing time in the league and still going on and on about Josh being an All-Star is almost as bad as waiting on Marvin Williams to reach his “potential.” I’ll be so glad when this bum is gone.

keith

December 15th, 2012
9:25 pm

There has to be “another ” Sucka” out there, like Brooklyn, who would be willing to take on an “Over-hyped” wanna-be All-star like Josh!!!

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
9:25 pm

“I said Korver was ok/average. Bad defender is Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford as welll as Marshon Brooks, Ronny Turiaf, Jannero Pargo. Those guys are terrible.”

He terrible as well. Rev did not say he was average, he said, ” BUT he is NOT a good defender. He is below average at best.” Reading is fundamental.

jlewis

December 15th, 2012
9:27 pm

Decent teams will adjust and when they see you more than once, they will adjust. The strategy will be not to double Al or Josh and leave shooters open. The Hawks can be had at SG, SF, and Center, wait until the schedule gets tougher, not just a tough game every 3 or 4. Plus, Josh has started to talk, it will go south.

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
9:28 pm

Awful game by Josh. He Will bounce back. He always does. First week of the season all these Josh haters were in full force, last couple of weeks CRICKETS. Tonight, THERE BAACK. LOL

keith

December 15th, 2012
9:29 pm

Josh Smith is “pyrite”. Several years ago, Otis Smith, GM of the Orlando Magic at that time, made the same analogy of “Half man/Half amazing Vince Carter. Both are very FLASHY, however, they disappear
when you need them most!!!

Blast

December 15th, 2012
9:31 pm

Any attempt to blame Korver for his defensive liability for this loss is falsehood. The entire team played horribly on defence and offense, while GS played great. This loss was well deserved.

Mookie Blaylock

December 15th, 2012
9:33 pm

Yeah….Josh Smith always bounces back…………………..then fades away again lol. Than bounces back up and down again and again. That’s the problem. NO CONSISTENCY!

Such a CANCER.

Mookie Blaylock

December 15th, 2012
9:35 pm

Your best players should at least be consistent.

keith

December 15th, 2012
9:35 pm

Josh Smith is “Lamont” of Sanford and Son. The Big Dummy, Lamont, get’s “Duped” into making stupid decisions all to often. We just don’t have “Fred” to bail him out???

kuhndog

December 15th, 2012
9:35 pm

I hope Josh does not start his mess, I am glad this was not on TV. We will see what this team is made of now.

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
9:36 pm

“Josh Smith is “pyrite”. Several years ago, Otis Smith, GM of the Orlando Magic at that time, made the same analogy of “Half man/Half amazing Vince Carter. Both are very FLASHY, however, they disappear when you need them most!!!”

I that statement is true then I would think that you need players most in the playoffs. If I remember correctly, our ALL STARS, have been worse than the non ALL STAR Josh Smith in the playoffs. Care to explain?

Mookie Blaylock

December 15th, 2012
9:38 pm

The only consistency we can expect from Josh Smith game in and game out, is a bricked 3 or air ball.

keith

December 15th, 2012
9:39 pm

If i am Danny Ferry, tomorrow after church, i am shopping Josh Smith BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
TWIITER, FACEBOOK, EBAY!!! YOU NAME IT…

Sameba

December 15th, 2012
9:41 pm

Does anyone remember when it was the last time when Teague played well?

keith

December 15th, 2012
9:42 pm

I am so “fed up” with Josh Smith 2-nite, I am going to work on my Fantasy Football line-ups for tomorrow…

Rev in Tampa

December 15th, 2012
9:46 pm

“Any attempt to blame Korver for his defensive liability for this loss is falsehood. The entire team played horribly on defence and offense, while GS played great.”

No attempts to lay all the blame at Korver’s feet. (Actually, it is his slow feet that make him a below average defender, but that’s beside the point).

Josh was terrible tonight. Teague forced too many well-defended, off-balanced lay-ups. Poor play by our front-court on defense. Poor play by our back-court on defense. No intensity offensively or defensively. Golden State beat the Hawks in the 2nd quarter and demoralized them in the 3rd quarter. They simply showed up in the 4th quarter, but the Hawks did not.

In short, I agree with you totally.

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
9:48 pm

Terrible loss tonight. Except for Ivan and Horford, nobody else came to play. Hawks had a chance to get revenge against a team that beat them earlier in the season, and we lay an egg.

This is arguably the worst loss of the Hawks season. Warriors had tons of wide open shots, and Hawks missed a lot of FT.

Rev in Tampa

December 15th, 2012
9:50 pm

Rev in Tampa

December 15th, 2012
9:53 pm

Oops. It is actually the third video that I was trying to post.

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
9:55 pm

Rod,

Speaking of David Lee and Josh, David Lee signed a 6 year, $80 mil (~$13.3 mil per year) contract with GS. Do you think Josh would accept 5 years, $67 mil (~$13.3 mil per year)? I think he would laugh in Ferry’s face if they offered him that.

I think Josh is going to cost 5 years, $75 -$80 mil. So despite Lee making an all-star team, Josh will command a bigger contract, and I think Josh is a better overall player than David Lee.

Sameba

December 15th, 2012
9:58 pm

One can see the part of the GS game plan: it was to faul, especially on Smith and Horford. The Hawks shoot 26-36 (72.2%), while GS was 7-8. This worked perfectly well in the first half, when we had a much lower percentage…

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
10:01 pm

One guy I have always liked is Jarrett jack. i think Hawks should have signed him instead of resigning Bibby. Even now, I think Jack would be a solid backup PG for Teague.

I am a big fan of Teague, but there are some games where he just doesnt seem to have it together. hopefully its because he is still learning.

And I think Ferry needs to make a move to balance out the team. We have too many guards and shooters, but not enough defenders and rebounding, which is what wins more consistently in the playoff.

Astro Joe

December 15th, 2012
10:04 pm

OB, that may be close to max money, $16M for Josh (with the new CBA) and based on his current salary. Didn’t James Harden get 5/$80M? You think Josh gets what Harden got?

Sameba

December 15th, 2012
10:07 pm

Free throws: Josh (1-2), Horford (3-6), Harris (0-2), Johnson (1-3)… This is just unacceptable. These guys should work day & night to improve…

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
10:08 pm

“I think Josh is going to cost 5 years, $75 -$80 mil. So despite Lee making an all-star team, Josh will command a bigger contract, and I think Josh is a better overall player than David Lee”

I agree. The market has already been set with Horford and Noah. I think he gets a little more than them.

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
10:11 pm

OB,

I see 5 years 70 mil.

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:12 pm

The whole “Josh should be an all-star” thing has it’s own place.

He had a rotten game this time. Absolutely rotten. I’d be more concerned if he had a string of them, however, so it’s just one bad game. The thing to look for is his decision-making. Does he consistently make good decisions or bad decisions? One writer said that Josh those “crazy” moments only two or three times per game now, instead of five/six/seven times per game. I’m inclined to agree with that. So maturity has arrived, but we knew this already. Is he a team leader?

He’ll rebound from a bad game, no doubt, but he’ll need to provide more leadership for this team to go further. In the mean time, Ferry likes Smith but he’s still going to evaluate him carefully and without emotion. He’ll be doing the same with Al Horford, rest assured.

Seems we can’t expect consistency from Jeff Teague. Now you want to talk about a guy who has the roller coaster thing going on…Teague can’t seem to string it all together. Whatever the deal is, he has issues being aggressive (on and off), taking good shots and making them (on and off) defending (again…on and off)….

Tired of this. Get it together.

Lou came to play, Horford had a good solid game, Ivan Johnson…should be getting minutes like this (or close to it) on the regular. All he seems to do is produce.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
10:15 pm

I want to see a “Mookie Blaylock vs. Rod from College Park” ‘throwdown’ [on this blog]. I’m sure that would be better than Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 [or 5].

Topic of debate: Josh Smith

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:16 pm

I see 5 years 70 mil.

Don’t doubt that for a minute. Question is, does he get this in Atlanta or elsewhere?

I see a choice being made at some point. Though it’s early, this team is looking like it will be too good to have a nice pick in next year’s draft. Josh is a 4, he struggles unnecessarily at the 3.

Like it or not, sooner or later it’s Smith OR Horford, not both.

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:18 pm

LOL@ HighSider

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
10:20 pm

“Like it or not, sooner or later it’s Smith OR Horford, not both.”

I agree.

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
10:24 pm

I think 5 years, $70 mil (~$14 mil per) is a good contract for Josh, and would make him the highest paid player on the team. But I can see another team offering him 4 years, $60 mil (~$15mil per).

I can see Ferry talking to Josh and saying if you will accept X money, that will leave us with Y money, which can go towards Z player. I think Josh will buy in to what Ferry is selling.

Big Ray,

If the Hawks decide to choose between Josh and Al, I think they will choose Josh, trade Al, and resign Zaza to be the starting center, while fnding another backup Center.

Sameba

December 15th, 2012
10:24 pm

“Like it or not, sooner or later it’s Smith OR Horford, not both.”

Yes, that is almost certain. The question is who will stay. I think Josh will stay. Horford has a friendly contract and one can get a very good SF or PG in return…

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
10:26 pm

“I want to see a “Mookie Blaylock vs. Rod from College Park” ‘throwdown’ [on this blog]. I’m sure that would be better than Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 [or 5]”

Nothing to see there High-sider. I’m the Floyd Mayweather of the blog. Hated but undefeated. Marvin Williams, Jamal Crawford……. Niremental= knock out, never to return, Northcyde= knock out, no one knows where he is. Vava= knock out, still here but just babbles now. They don’t want it with me. LOL

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:28 pm

I am a big fan of Teague, but there are some games where he just doesnt seem to have it together. hopefully its because he is still learning.

We could say that and it would make sense because he’s still slightly new as a starter. But that alibi only stretches so far. If you ask me, time’s up on that one.

The next question involves whether or not Teague is learning under the right guy. I am not convinced the coaching staff has what it takes, but there is another trend I detect here.

Much like Josh Smith, Teague has never really benefitted from playing behind (and with) a tough veteran pg. Oh sure, he’s had Mike Bibby, but umm….heh heh….

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:30 pm

Nothing to see there High-sider. I’m the Floyd Mayweather of the blog. Hated but undefeated. Marvin Williams, Jamal Crawford……. Niremental= knock out, never to return, Northcyde= knock out, no one knows where he is. Vava= knock out, still here but just babbles now. They don’t want it with me. LOL

LOL……..man you are too much….

I hear some Kevin Hart in the background…. “You don’t know? You gonna learn TODAY!”

Astro Joe

December 15th, 2012
10:32 pm

OB, you went from $80M to $70M to $60M in like 30 minutes.

Talk about going off the fiscal cliff.

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:35 pm

Sameba ,

You know what makes me think that’s true? The fact that Horford, though good…is not quite the leader we need. Dude still kinda whines a bit here and there about getting the ball. Still hasn’t worked hard enough on his game offensively (lacks variation of post moves).

Like you said, he’s got a friendly contract.

That and here’s one thing Josh is and Horford never will be….a game changer. It’s just true…

Of course, the next question is what do we do about replacing him as far as a starting center goes? We have Zaza, and I really like him but he’s still a backup and “pinch-hit” starter….not a regular starter.

But here’s the question I have for you. We trade Horford, what do we get? A pg or a SF?

Which is more feasible? Which gives us the most useable talent in return with the maximum effect?

Jae Evolution

December 15th, 2012
10:35 pm

If Rondo was made available should we deal for him? I’m saying this only because Bostons re-tooling hasn’t worked out and we could feasibly offer them a very similar deal to what is now the Brooklyn Nets used to get D-Will a year or two ago.

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:37 pm

If it’s a SF, it better be a damn good one, I know that. I don’t know who we could get…

Same can be said of the PG position, though.

Big Ray

December 15th, 2012
10:39 pm

Rondo is hell of a talent. But there is an issue o three there. If he doesn’t want to be here, he’ll only be a headache.

That said, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better defender at the position, much less a guy who racks up the dimes and gets to the basket the way he does.

Only thing he doesn’t do well is hit jumpers, particularly long ones. Not that we lack for guys who can do that.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
10:44 pm

Rod from CP,

I hear ya. [LOL]

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
10:47 pm

AJ,

No fiscal cliff here lol. Initially, I thought he would get $80 mil, but as you mentioned…that’s a max deal. So I lowered it to $70 mil from the Hawks, but $60 mil from another team. Therefore, it will be up to Josh to choose.

Big Ray,

I think this team is better off with an all star caliber player in the backcourt, so I would prefer a guard in return for Horford.

If the Hawks go for a SF, the best available choice is Granger (imo). Pacers will lose David West, and may take Horford to replace him, and pair Horford with Hibbert, while Paul George becomes their starting SF.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
10:50 pm

Look at Big Ray “eggin’ it [the debate] on.” LOL

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/egging

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
10:55 pm

Kyrie Irving – 41pts, 5rebs and 5asts [40, 5 and 5]