Postgame Thoughts: Hawks vs Bobcats
Some thoughts on the Hawks’ resounding 113-90 win over the Bobcats at Philips Arena on Thursday night:
– Coming into the season knowing the kinds of shooters we had on the squad, I expected to see a few nights where everything was clicking and the ball found the bottom of the basket no matter what. Tonight was one of those nights, as the Hawks shot 61.1% in the first quarter and never really cooled off, finishing at 57.3% for the night. It’s the most points on the season so far for Atlanta, besting the 112 they scored in a win in Sacramento earlier this year, and the 23-point margin of victory is the widest of the year as well.
– Everyone was hot tonight. Devin Harris shot 7/11 off the bench for a team-leading 20 points, Josh Smith was 8-12 for 18, Kyle Korver shot 5/7 to finish with 13. As a team, the Hawks shot nearly as well from 3-point range (14/29) as from the free-throw line (13-23).
– Al Horford‘s double-double streak came to an end at seven games as he finished with 11 points and 3 rebounds, but if it was going to end it’s nice to see it was because he didn’t play enough in a blowout.
– As hot as Atlanta was, Charlotte was that cold. Though the Bobcats ended up at 43% for the game, a lot of those buckets came long after the game was decided and the defense loosened up a little. After Charlotte played Atlanta close in the first two contests, it was nice to see the Hawks pull away early for the easy win.
– Best thing about blowouts? Rookies! Mike Scott and John Jenkins each got in for the last four minutes and change. Jenkins had a couple of nice jumpers, and Scott hit one as well and might have had a rim-rattling dunk but got slightly sidetracked by a Bobcats defender on his way up and came up short. Next game, Mike.
– 14-6 for the Hawks now as we hit the season’s quarter pole, and tied with the Heat for first place in the Southeast Division. The team is getting better and better with each passing game, and if you don’t mind me shilling for the company for a second, if you haven’t made it down to Philips yet, I don’t know what you are waiting for.
Saturday night brings the surprising Golden State Warriors to town for what promises to be another thoroughly entertaining game. Join us there, won’t you?