|Team||Poss||Off Eff||eFG%||FT Rate||OR%||TO%|
|CHI||93.7 ||0.886 ||39.0||35.1 ||33.3||20.3 |
|ATL||93.7||1.259||55.1 ||23.9 ||25.6 ||8.5|
Here's the latest example of why I should remember not to make predictions:
I suspect the Bulls have hit rock bottom.Oops.
The Bulls weren't as dreadful defensively as Toronto were last week but the Raptors at least scored frequently in that game. Chicago (Derrick Rose's 15 point, 6 assist first half excepted) laid an egg at both ends of the floor. The only reasonable explanation for their lifeless incompetence is a not especially admirable* desire to see their head coach relieved of his responsibilities.
*It's not especially reprehensible either. Vinny Del Negro's bad at a job he never should have been given.
Thus, for the second time in eight days, I'm reluctant to draw any conclusions about the Hawks' dominant performance because their opponent performed so miserably. That the Hawks are accelerating the downward spirals of other teams is, of course, a very good thing in the grand scheme of things so we'll complement Jamal Crawford on his hot hand, Josh Smith and Al Horford on their efficient scoring, solid rebounding, and excellent passing, Marvin Williams on the second straight game in which he's made a real difference on the defensive glass, congratulate Mo Evans on his offensive explosion in garbage time, Jason Collins on his first points of the season, and give Joe Johnson a pass on his 16-shot, 12-point, 3 turnover, 5 assist, countless dribble night on account of his being excellent in the last competitive game the Hawks played.
It's nice to be on the other side of another laugher, to have the other team be the one in disarray, drifting aimlessly, its fans calling* for the coach's head, and regretting** recent first-round draft picks. I'm sympathetic, I'm grateful, and I know that if I were even to think that the Hawks might not receive another real test until they play the Jazz on the 18th, I'd get another reminder of the sort with which this recap began.
**also with reason...Taj Gibson and James Johnson?