|Team||Poss||Off Eff||eFG%||FT Rate||OR%||TO%|
|IND||90.4 ||0.96 ||42.8||11.1 ||19.2||6.6 |
|ATL||90.4||1.12||51.7 ||11.4 ||23.8 ||10|
A solid all-around performance (and a bit more than a solid performance from both Joe Johnson and Al Horford) carried the Hawks comfortably past a game but out-manned Pacers team. In lieu of forming a coherent argument this Saturday morning, I'll just empty the notebook...
- In what may be the most lasting memory of this game, anytime Josh Smith caught the ball 12 or more feet from the basket, Troy Murphy played approximately six feet off of him thoroughly willing to let Smith attempt a jump shot of any length. Anytime Smith caught the ball in the post, the Pacers never gave a thought to double-teaming him. Both strategies worked for Indiana. I fear this will spread.
- Roy Hibbert is a fascinating collection of strengths (offensive rebounding, post-up game) and weaknesses (mobility, stamina, strength).
- Though I'm still upset Rick Barnes never taught TJ Ford how to play defense, it's always nice to see Ford healthy and playing to his full capabilities. It's even nicer when he's shredding the Hawks defense after Atlanta's built a comfortable double-digit lead.
- I think (hope?) the Mario West as 6th man era died in 5 minutes and 22 seconds.
- Maurice Evans was extremely productive and efficient.
- Brandon Rush still can't finish going to the basket but it's not my problem anymore.
- Acie Law IV's inability to finish going to the basket, though, is.
- Another great shooting night from Joe Johnson but I haven't noticed an appreciable increase in the quality of the shots he's taken the last three games so I remain skeptical he's going to sustain play above his established level of fringe All-Star. Even the 15 free throws he's attempted and made over the last three games, while a lot for him, are still, when compared to his 64 field goal attempts, slightly below the league-average free throw rate (FTM/FTA).
"I’m just trying to come out and be aggressive from the start and get in a rhythm early and then get my teammates involved. My shots been feeling pretty good, though, and that makes a world of difference."Mike Woodson:
"That means a lot, that means our team is improving year by year. And we’ll continue to grow and get better. You know, the media has been so tough on this team and me over the years. But I’m a realist, and I’ve always said it’s hard for a young team to win in this league at a high level."Ah, yes, the media pressure cooker that is being head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Mike Woodson, why do you make it so hard to compliment you when things are going well?
"Seems like I'm just taking what the defense gives me. If I've got the open shot, I'm just taking, I'm not thinking about it. That's the main thing. I'm freelancing a little bit."Other perspectives...