Saturday, December 31, 2011

Initial Feedback: Hawks Outlast Nets

Initial feedback: A completely subjective and immediate* response to the events of tonight's game, featuring a comment and rating, the latter on a scale of 1 to 10, on every player who saw the floor and the head coach, along with ephemera and miscellany as the author deems necessary.

Barring the inability to connect to the blog software for 15 hours. Apologies for the delay.


Jeff Teague: Teague probably wasn't ready from day one, but surely we needn't have waited two full seasons for this. 7/10

Joe Johnson: Very efficient scoring night. Scoring's the most important part of the game, so if you're going to contribute in just one facet of the game, that would be the one to pick. 6/10

Marvin Williams: We're at the point where 11 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes from Marvin Williams seems surprising light, production-wise. 6/10

Josh Smith: Doubled his season total of made jump shots but was partially culpable for the team's dreadful defensive rebounding. 5/10

Al Horford: His zero defensive rebounds proved a touching tribute to the missing Robin Lopez. 4/10

Zaza Pachulia: He is and always has been an excellent third big man. Let's not forget Zaza getting a role worthy of his talents amidst Jeff Teague's breakthrough season. 6/10

Tracy McGrady: I'm perfectly fine with McGrady picking his spots. His solid fourth quarter made up for his somnambulant first three. 5/10

Vladimir Radmanovic: He can't continue to turn the ball over this often. 3/10

Jannero Pargo: Proved that he can contribute without making shots. The Hawks don't win this game without Pargo's contributions. 4/10

Willie Green: Best performance yet as a Hawk. Four points on five shots, but no turnovers or fouls. 3/10

The head coach
Probably stayed with the second unit too deep into the fourth quarter but this is the type of opponent you risk giving your starters some extra rest. Not that the starters looked especially desperate. The Horford Treatment made a brief, relatively harmless appearance but was more than made up for by leaving Horford in the game after picking up his fifth foul. More playing time for Marvin Williams would help the defensive rebounding. 6/10

A thought regarding the opposition
MarShon Brooks can score.


Tmabry said...

Teauge could take this rating to an 8 or 9 with some passes to the outside after he gets in the paint.

josh and al seemed a little out of it. i hope they bring it tonight. marvin needs more minutes, hew showing he has the passion to be a 15 point 6 rebound player a night.


Bronnt said...

Two big thoughts: 1) LD needs to give Marvin more minutes. Having him sitting on the bench well into the fourth quarter was fairly distressing, and made me wonder if he'd somehow worked his way back into the doghouse. Giving him some of the minutes that Willie Green is playing is an obvious avenue to improving the Hawks' production.

2) Hinrich is a fine sixth man, but I can't help but look at MarShon Brooks and think that he's exactly the kind of player the Hawks might have drafted in the first round, if they could have. Played his high school ball in Stone Mountain, a quick wing player with a scorer's instinct...this would have been an excellent use of a first round pick.

It's a bit discouraging to watch other teams use low first round draft picks successfully.