Hawks Close 2013 With More Drama

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics

A few thoughts after today’s 92-91 win over Boston:

– This team sure knows drama.  After three straight overtime games and another close one in Orlando, it’s only fitting that the Hawks close 2013 with another game decided on the final shot.  This time, Boston’s Jordan Crawford had three chances to give his team the lead in the final minutes but came up empty each time.  The Hawks will go into 2014 at 18-14.

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– What more can you say about Paul Millsap?  Knowing he’s the guy who will have the most weight on his shoulders because of Al Horford’s injury, the big man shot the ball well (12-19) on a night when most everyone else was off.  He scored 34 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, and Atlanta needed every one of them.

– The Hawks were cold all night, finishing at just 36 percent from the field and only 17 percent from three.  As Coach Bud said postgame, there were a lot of good looks that just didn’t fall, but the Hawks found a way to win anyway.  The cold shooting may have had to do with the temperature (seriously, it was freezing with the arena prepping for a Bruins night game).

Kyle Korver was well-defended all night, but he finally got a three to go (plus a foul) in the fourth quarter to extend #KyleStreak to 101 straight games.  “I had a section of fans reminding me all game that I hadn’t hit one,” he said.

– Good to see Cartier Martin back on the floor.  He hit a few threes in the second quarter and was part of the group that turned things around for the Hawks late in the second quarter.  It looks like the ankle has finally fully healed, and Atlanta will need him with DeMarre Carroll and John Jenkins also nursing injuries.

Another gutty win for the Hawks without Horford.  Guys are going to have to step up and make plays without him, and they did just enough of that in their first day game of the season.  It’s always good to win on the road, and the Hawks head into 2014 with a little bit of momentum.

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