Postgame Thoughts: Short-Handed Hawks Give Inspired Effort In Boston
A few thoughts after tonight’s 118-107 loss to the Celtics:
– The Hawks played without Al Horford due to a stomach illness. They also didn’t have the services of Devin Harris yet again with the foot injury and are still without Zaza Pachulia, who is nursing a sore Achilles. Despite all of that, Atlanta hung tough, never letting Boston pull away in a tough building to win in.
– Mike Scott had a huge game in extended minutes off the bench. The rookie played 24 minutes and scored 19 points on 6-10 shooting, continually making huge baskets to keep the Hawks in the game. He also went 7-8 from the free throw line.
– Boston was hot from three tonight. The Celtics made 11 of 23 long balls and shot 54 percent overall, this after spending much of the last game at TD Garden shooting the lights out in a win over Atlanta. For a team without Kevin Garnett, the Celtics still found a way to keep the hot shooting going against the Hawks.
– Anthony Tolliver was also called on to play extended minutes and responded with 4-7 shooting with all seven shots coming from behind the three-point line to finish with 14 points. Shelvin Mack added 12 in reserve of Jeff Teague, who scored 17 of his own to go with seven assists.
– Kyle Korver extended his three-point streak to 66 consecutive games by hitting one in the first quarter tonight. This is significant because last time the Hawks were in Boston, the Celtics defended him as well as any team I’ve seen this season. He didn’t extend the streak that night until hitting a three in the closing moments of regulation. I thought tonight might be the night it could end, but alas, the streak continues!
Overall, this isn’t a bad loss. Without Harris and Horford, the Hawks still put up 107 points. The defense wasn’t great, but a lot of credit goes to Boston for making shots. TD Garden has been a house of horrors for the Hawks the past few years, but there’s certainly no shame in tonight’s effort. Atlanta still comes home with a 2-2 road trip and has six of their final nine at Philips Arena. Time to make a push before the playoffs start.
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