Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Nipped in Minnesota

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
By Micah Hart

A few thoughts coming up on the Hawks’ 108-103 loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota:

— The Hawks showed a lot of grit rallying time and again against the Timberwolves in this game, but like in the loss in Detroit, they’ve got to find a way to avoid getting into big holes early. Still like the fight though, it shows the team won’t go down easy.

— It was too little too late, but Lou Williams, Kyle Korver, and Al Horford really went to work down the stretch to give the Hawks a chance to win the game. The trio combined for 22 of the team’s 32 in the final 12 minutes.

Josh Smith had excellent numbers with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and in the process continued his march up the franchise’s career charts as he passed Cliff Hagan for 7th on the team’s career rebounds list. He and Horford continued to show how well they play together with several nice combinations for buckets, including a Horford slam with 1:39 left to play that put the team within 3 points.

— The rookies both got some run tonight and played solidly, with John Jenkins getting into double digits for the third time in six games.

Nikola Pekovic was a beast for Minnesota, and Atlanta just didn’t have an answer for the Timberwolves’ big man. The Timberwolves won the points in the paint battle 50-38, thanks in large part to Pekovic’s 25 points and 18 boards.

It’s a long season. The team is in a slump right now, but those will happen. The good news is, there is no time to dwell. The team gets right back at it tomorrow night in Cleveland.

What’d you think?

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