|Team||Poss||Off Eff||eFG%||FT Rate||OR%||TO%|
|NY ||94 ||1.191 ||57.4||19.3 ||24.4||17 |
|ATL ||95||1.137||49.5 ||9 ||32.1 ||10.4|
Nate Robinson On/Off Stats
On court: Knicks score 97 points in 38:24 on 69 possessions (140.6 pts/100 poss)
Off court: Knicks score 15 points in 14:36 on 25 possessions (60 pts/100 poss)
I'm sure some will appreciate* the irony in Atlanta losing to a team that repeatedly isolated a guard with the ball 25 feet from the basket because the Hawks were thoroughly unable to get the ball out of his hands.
*appreciate or rue
The Atlanta Hawks are the only team that wouldn't know how to defend Joe Johnson.
Through three quarters, Nate Robinson looked to be an interesting sidelight in an easy home victory for the Hawks. Good as Robinson was, Al Horford was the best player on the court through three quarters as the Hawks moved the ball well, allowing Joe Johnson to score fairly efficiently, while Atlanta's inconsistent team defense was still better overall than the Knicks could muster.
In the fourth quarter, Nate Robinson kept going, the Hawks stopped moving the ball, Al Horford rarely touched it except when rebounding a miss, Joe Johnson kept shooting but stopped scoring, and the Hawks lost control of the game.
What makes this loss extra-frustrating is that the Hawks appeared to have learned something from their recent second half offensive swoons, tonight's fourth quarter performance* included. On the first four possessions of overtime, the Hawks got the ball into Josh Smith or Al Horford on the low post. The Hawks scored** on three of the four possessions. On the next four possessions, the Hawks isolated (or ran that high screen-and-roll wherein Johnson makes no use of the screen except to move laterally across the floor) Joe Johnson each time. The Hawks didn't score on any of those, including a three-shot possession that lasted as long as it did thanks to an Al Horford offensive rebound and a team offensive rebound courtesy of Horford and Smith.
*Perhaps best exemplified by the possession that began with 1:09 left in the quarter and the Hawks up 97-95. Joe Johnson didn't begin his move to the basket (from an isolated spot on the left wing) until 11 seconds were left on the shot clock. He couldn't get a clean shot, New York knocked the ball out of bounds with 1 second left on the shot clock and Al Horford got his only field goal attempt of the quarter when he caught the in-bounds pass on the right baseline and threw a 16-footer at the rim. It missed.
**Once with Smith and on both of the possessions Horford posted up.
Johnson had 21 points and 5 assists on 22 shots through three quarters. He finished with 28 points and 5 assists on 30 shots (and 1 whole free throw attempt). Jamal Crawford needed 12 shots to score 6 points (he also had 4 assists) and was 1-7 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Josh Smith scored 24 on 14 field goal and 11 free throw attempts with 3 assists (and 3 turnovers) of his own. Smith got four field goal and three free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and overtime. Horford scored 22 on 14 shots, just two of those shots coming in the fourth quarter and overtime while adding 4 assists and 19 rebounds (8 offensive), including 8 of Atlanta's 13 rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Thus, in losing the game, the Hawks, offensively, willfully went away from what was working, and, defensively, didn't try to change what was not working. The Knicks scored 13 points in overtime. Nate Robinson scored 11 of those points and assisted on the Wilson Chandler bucket that accounted for the other two. Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Marvin Williams each made their lone field goal attempt in overtime, then Johnson, Mike Bibby, and Jamal Crawford proceeded to take the next seven shots, five of them from beyond the arc with Johnson's lone make cutting the lead to 4 with a sole second remaining.