|Game 4 ||Poss||Off Eff||eFG%||FT Rate||OR%||TO%|
|ORL||84 ||1.167 ||67.7||15.4 ||12||19 |
|ATL||82||1.024||42.6 ||28.4 ||19 ||9.8|
The Atlanta Hawks had no answers for the Orlando Magic. Most of the time, they looked unable to recognize which questions were being asked of them. A successful season bred an unsuccessful post-season, first against a less talented team that could better execute a game plan specific to the occasion then against a more talented team that could simply execute a better game plan.
Perhaps no stretch of the series better exemplifies the hopelessness of the Hawks' attack* than their first five offensive possessions in the second half tonight. Down eight following a perfectly respectable first half performance, the Hawks used four of their first five second half possessions on two-point jump shots from at least 20-feet. One each from Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, and Mike Bibby. On the other possession, Marvin Williams attacked the basket but Dwight Howard blocked the shot.
Atlanta had chances to make up ground during this stretch. Orlando turned the ball over on two of their first five possessions of the second half. Of course, their other three possessions resulted in a Dwight Howard hook shot in the lane, a Vince Carter three-pointer, and a Rashard Lewis and-one. Two turnovers in less than three minutes but the lead nearly doubled. Better players, better plan, better execution.
*I won't argue if you think the Hawks taking 1 of 17 first quarter field goals from inside the paint is a better example but they did get 6 three-pointers up in the opening 12 minutes.
Atlanta took 24 more long two-point jumpers tonight while watching the Magic attempted 37 three-pointers. This discrepancy more than made up for Atlanta's control of the defensive glass, their ability (for one night) to get to the free throw line, and forcing Orlando into twice as many turnovers as they committed themselves.
Whoever sits in the coach's office next season, whoever wears the Atlanta uniform, they must recognize what is a good, valuable shot and what is not. This Atlanta coach and, by extension, this Atlanta team gave no indication of understanding that Orlando won this series on the shot chart and that the number of respective Xs and Os therein merely determined the margin of victory.