Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quotes, Notes, and Links: Hawks 112 Timberwolves 87

Gameflow

Highlights

Hoopdata Boxscore

Perusing Hoopdata's next generation* boxscore...
  • Jamal Crawford attempted 16 field goals in 26:40, all of them at least 16 feet from the basket.
  • Three of Al Horford's four assists set up three-point baskets.
  • Kevin Love's offensive rebound rate: 26.9%. Atlanta's team offensive rebound rate: 29.5%
*I would still love to get offensive and defensive efficiency by player and unit in the boxscore. I still don't have a good suggestion for how to present such information.

Per the AP, with last night's win the Hawks tied the 1986-87 team for the best 27-game start to the season.

Mike Woodson:
"We're trying to do something special."
Kevin Love, himself something special:
"They're kind of the example of a team that got its players young. They played together. They stuck together. They grinded out wins together. They had high points. They had low points. But they stuck together. ... That's something I hope I can be a part of one day."
Mike Woodson:
"I think that's the first time we've had two bigs foul out since I've been here."
He's referring, of course, to an actual disqualification rather than a preventative, permanent removal after the fifth foul.

More from Woodson:
"Teams are going to make runs and they made a run in the third quarter, but we overcame it with our defense. Our defense was solid. We held this team to under 100 points and only 41 percent from the field. I'm pretty pleased with our defense."
The Human Highlight Blog:
The next step in Josh Smith's Incredible Basketball Maturity is to stop the crying and campaigning after every foul called on him. Heck, even when he bowled over the Wolves in the fourth quarter on the way to the hoop and was obviously charging, he seemed to have to tell himself that, yes indeed, he did foul. THHB has seen a lot of basketball and we haven't seen an instance yet where berating, scowling, swearing, or anything other negative message has won an official over. Maybe Smith believes he can pioneer the effort, but we think that in doing so he'll accumulate a Rasheed Wallace amount of technicals while testing the theory. Pretty selfish behavior there for a guy who has taken things seriously enough in the other areas to make himself potentially visible in the actual All-Star game.
Atlanta Hawks Technical Foul Leaderboard

NameTechnical Fouls
Josh Smith5
Mike Woodson3
Al Horford1

Don't expect Joe Smith back until Saturday.

2 comments:

CoCo said...

"I think that's the first time we've had two bigs foul out since I've been here."

He's referring, of course, to an actual disqualification rather than a preventative, permanent removal after the fifth foul.

Ha!

THHB said...

I am either dizzy from a lack of sustenance this morning or the amazing amount of stats on HOOPDATA.

It's likely both, but I have to smile this fine morning to know that things continue to head in the right direction in terms of statistical basketball understanding on a daily rather than annual basis.

Thank you Bret for being a part of moving this effort forward and for bringing this site to the 'fore.

It makes it easier for UF grads like myself to understand the game beyond what we think we see out there.