Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Get Biggest Conference Road Win of Season
A few thoughts after tonight’s 105-93 win over the Nets:
– It was clear the Hawks wanted to establish the paint tonight, playing through Al Horford from the get-go. The big man had a game-high 22 points on 11-21 shooting. The 21 shots is what I loved. Coach Drew had a plan to get him the ball, and he delivered.
– Jeff Teague played extensive minutes off the bench and dropped an astonishing 15 assists. He also scored 11 points, which must mean the ankle is feeling okay.
– Dahntay Jones had by far his best offensive game in a Hawks uniform, scoring 13 points in just 24 minutes. This should be great for his confidence, as he has struggled a bit offensively in recent games.
– Josh Smith scored 21 points, but it was his 9-14 shooting that I was most impressed with. The shot selection was great, and he didn’t force anything.
– Kyle Korver’s streak continues. I should just copy that sentence and paste it to the next blog.
– John Jenkins played 21 minutes tonight, meaning Larry Drew is showing more confidence in the rookie, particularly in critical situations. He finished with 12 points, and his confidence has to be high with the increased playing time.
– The Hawks outscored the Nets 34-20 in the fourth quarter. After several close road losses, it was great to see them finish in the final quarter.
Overall, this was one of the best wins of the year for the Hawks. Record-wise, it qualifies as the best road win they’ve had in the Eastern Conference, and it pulls them within a game of home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. With 16 games left, each win is huge in terms of playoff seeding. The Hawks have three straight at home this week, and it would certainly be nice to win all three.
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