|Team ||Poss||Off Eff||eFG%||FT Rate||OR%||TO%|
|ATL||89 ||1.011 ||46.2 ||21.5 ||18.6||14.6 |
|MIL||89||1.101||49.4 ||22.2 ||18.6 ||7.9|
During Milwaukee's 15-0 fourth quarter run which turned a 78-71 Atlanta lead into an 86-78 Milwaukee lead, a run which lasted four minutes and 40 seconds and six Atlanta offensive possessions, Al Horford literally touched the ball twice. Both touches were fully in service of a tenured guard unable to deal with Milwaukee's ball pressure and were not at all a result of the team making any effort to have their best player touch the ball.
On Atlanta's second scoreless possession during Milwaukee's run, Carlos Delfino forced Joe Johnson to pick up his dribble 30 feet from the basket. Horford showed out to the three-point line to relieve the pressure on Johnson. Upon receipt of the ball, Horford immediately returned it to Johnson on the left wing, where Johnson soon missed a contested jump shot. On the fifth of Atlanta's six scoreless possessions during Milwaukee's run, Horford set a ball-screen for Mike Bibby. Bibby was unable to turn the corner and threw a low, two-bounce bounce pass to Horford at the left elbow. By the time the ball got to Horford, he was double-teamed. He passed to Joe Johnson at the top of the key. Johnson dribbled laterally, unable to beat Carlos Delfino, before backing up to launch a three-pointer. It missed wide right.
Al Horford scored one-third of Atlanta's 15 fourth quarter points. He took two of Atlanta's 22 fourth quarter shots. Josh Smith attempted more three-point shots in the fourth quarter than Al Horford attempted shots.
One might expect that Horford's two game absence might have provided an object lesson in Horford's importance to the team. One might be disappointed. Even the embarrassing abomination of a performance against the Hornets did nothing to make the Hawks wish to make their most efficient and, arguably, most productive offensive player anything more than the team's fourth option.
Al Horford scored 17 points on 9 shots (and 3 free throw attempts) and earned 5 assists. He did look rusty early and committed an uncharacteristic four turnovers.
Josh Smith scored 14 points on 20 shots (and 3 free throw attempts), earned nary an assist, turned the ball over four times, and was at fault (not entirely, Larry Drew deserves some blame for creating the matchup) for Corey Maggette scoring 10 points in the first 5:23 of the game. Smith attempted as many jump shots as Horford attempted field goals in the game. Smith made one of his nine jump shots.
Joe Johnson scored 15 points on 13 shots (and 4 free throw attempts), and earned just two assists.
Jamal Crawford scored 20 points on 11 shots (and 9 free throw attempts), and earned three assists.
Mike Bibby scored 8 points on 7 shots. Yes, Bibby took just two fewer shots than Horford despite playing 8 fewer minutes.
Bibby and Crawford (and Jeff Teague) played a significant role in Earl Boykins scoring 20 points on 11 shots in 26 minutes. Seeing Drew play zone late in the fourth quarter, with the Hawks trailing, just so he could keep all his bad defensive guards on the court to take bad shots simply underlined the caste that exists within this organization. No objective evidence is going to change the allocation of shots or minutes.