Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Fall to Scorching-Hot Mavs
A few thoughts coming up on the Hawks’ 127-113 loss to the Mavericks Monday night at Philips Arena:
– This was a very strange game. The Hawks shot 56% from the field, dished out 26 assists, won the points in the paint battle and outscored the Mavs 21-9 in fastbreak points. And lost by 14.
– It makes a little more sense when you look at the Mavs’ stats, as Dallas shot 57.3% to go with 33 assists and a 39-31 advantage on the glass. Simply put, this was their night. The Hawks didn’t play well, but I don’t know if anyone was beating the Mavs shooting the way they did.
– Karma seemed particularly interested in paying the Hawks back tonight. After holding their last five opponents to 27% shooting from 3-point range, Dallas shot 13-22 (59%) from deep tonight. Included in that total was several shots similar to what the Hawks hit in Brooklyn on Sunday night, last-second heaves at the end of the shot-clock that hit nothing but net. The basketball gods giveth, and the basketball gods taken away I suppose.
– A bright spot in the team’s performance tonight was the 19-point, 7-assist performance by Jeff Teague, who seems to have finally shaken off the ankle injury suffered last week in the loss to the Heat. Teague was aggressive early and often, and might have had an even bigger night had a couple layups not rolled off the rim right as they looked like they were about to drop.
– Anthony Tolliver had a nice contribution off the bench as well tonight, hitting all of his shots from the field on the way to 12 points.
– As if to illustrate what a bizarre night it was, one of the Hawks Cheerleaders slipped and hit her head on the court during a routine at the third-quarter break, and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher. According to Hawks PR, she never lost consciousness and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and we hope for a speedy recovery.
– On a statistical note, Kyle Korver extended his streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to a whopping 60 games, while Josh Smith hit the 2000th free throw of his career.
All in all, I imagine the guys aren’t going to be too happy with the way this one played out, especially given their outstanding performance in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But, no time to dwell on it, not with 3 more games to play this week including two in a row at home.