Postgame thoughts: Hawks complete season sweep of ‘Cats
A few thoughts after tonight’s 104-92 win over the Bobcats:
– The Hawks were without four members of the active roster (Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Anthony Morrow and Devin Harris) due to injury. Harris was the only one of the four who traveled with the team, and although he practiced yesterday and was supposed to be available, he did not dress, leaving only 10 players in uniform. All 10 played significant minutes.
– Kyle Korver extended his consecutive games with a three-pointer streak to 36 by drilling one in the first quarter. Korver is shooting 45 percent from deep this season, which is four points higher than his career average. Tonight he made five of six from deep and shot 8-11 overall. Opponents will learn not to leave him at some point, right?
– Josh Smith filled up the stat line once again…30 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and three blocks.
– One thing the Hawks have been doing a lot this week is fouling. They were 28th in the league in fouls called against them before Minnesota but racked up 23 against the T’Wolves and 22 more tonight. Granted, the Hawks were undersized tonight without Horford and Pachulia.
– Despite the absence of their two centers, Atlanta out-rebounded Charlotte 45-41. Smith and Ivan Johnson combined for 28 of those.
– Johnson got his first start of the year and made the most of it. He scored 12 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, 10 of them in the first half. Ivan has had problems staying in games due to fouls lately but had only three tonight in nearly 32 minutes.
– Jannero Pargo, who the Hawks signed Monday after Lou Williams was ruled out for the season, played another quality game tonight. After scoring 16 points, 14 of them in the fourth quarter, in Monday’s win, he scored all eight of his points tonight in the final frame. If you’re keeping track, 22 of his 24 points have come in the final 12 minutes. Oh…and the Hawks are 2-0 in those games.
– With Pachulia missing tonight’s game, Jeff Teague is the only Hawk who has played in every game this season. He has started all 42 of them.
Injuries are mounting for the Hawks. Luckily they were able to battle through it tonight to end a five-game road losing streak. Harris practiced Tuesday but didn’t dress, so we hope he’s available for the Boston game Friday. Horford and Pachulia both played Monday before sitting out of practice Tuesday, so hopefully the extra few days of rest will be enough for them as well. Anthony Morrow continues to receive treatment for a few nagging injuries, including his back. Maybe the best news from tonight is it’s the first game in a while without an injury. Let’s hope the health improves, as the next two are against the Celtics and Knicks.