|Team||Poss||Off Eff||eFG%||FT Rate||OR%||TO%|
I think it's nice* to end the first half of the season with a rather typical 2008-09 Hawks performance.
*That's just me practicing for my return to the Midwest this weekend.
With the exception of Mike Bibby's quiet night, most everything went according to plan.
- Joe Johnson converted his shot opportunities both easy and difficult.
- Josh Smith took some terrible shots but did enough else (7 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) to negate his attempt at self-negation.
- Marvin Williams and Al Horford got fewer chances than their offensive talent deserves but were efficient when given the chance.
- Flip Murray took over the game for both good (the third quarter) and ill (his last three shot attempts) but mostly for good.
"That shows that we've got a lot of guys that are hungry last year after getting a taste of success in the first round against the world champs."Joe Johnson:
"We just came out with a lot of intensity, and we tried to sustain it and give ourselves a chance down the stretch. This is a statement, but we still have a long way to go. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We want to stay humble, keep working hard and try to have a great second half."Al Horford:
"This was just a huge game for us, and I think we all understood the importance of this game and finishing strong going into the All-Star break. For me, each game I feel better. Tonight I finally felt like I was back to myself, and now hopefully we can get a little momentum going into the break and beyond."Links...