Postgame Thoughts: Hawks vs. Spurs
A few thoughts coming up on the Hawks’ 98-93 loss to the Spurs Saturday night at Philips Arena:
— It was appropriate that the Spurs would be the Hawks’ opponent on the day they found out that Lou Williams would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. GM Danny Ferry came to Atlanta from San Antonio, an organization that prides itself on player development and grows its players to be able to take on larger roles when the moment comes. The Hawks will find themselves looking to do just that now that Williams is on the shelf.
— Devin Harris certainly stepped up his game in Lou’s absence, scoring 13 points in 17 minutes of action. Unfortunately Harris tweaked his ankle with 10:12 left to play in the game and couldn’t return. Tough, tough weekend to be a Hawks guard.
— Josh Smith was aggressive against the San Antonio D all night, taking advantage of the absence of Tim Duncan to get inside as much as possible. Smoove finished the night with 21 points, 16 of which came in the painted area.
— Kyle Korver had perhaps his best all-around game of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing a season-best 8 rebounds. KK hit 5-8 from downtown, and showed again that you absolutely cannot give him any space to operate on he will hurt you.
— Jeff Teague nearly had his third straight double-double with 14 points and 8 assists. JT continues to get to the basket at will, but still has work to do finishing once he gets there. His counterpart tonight, Tony Parker, conducted a master’s level course in that skill, scoring 23 points and hitting a variety of sliding, spinning layups.
A tough home loss no doubt, but given the bad news the team received earlier in the day, it wasn’t a case of a lack of energy or defeatism. The Spurs are the model NBA franchise for a reason, and hopefully a glimpse into the future for ATL.
What’d you think?