by James Goeders
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.
Your ratings and commentary, dear reader, are welcomed in the comments to this post.
Jeff Teague: Teague was given the tough task of guarding Chris Paul after playing 40+ minutes last night and the fatigue showed in his jump shot. Jeff was only 3-of-11 from the floor finishing with 10 points. The 5 dimes and 3 rebounds were nice, especially combined with 0 turnovers, but the guards in general gave up way too many shots. 3/10
Kirk Hinrich: A night after having his best game of the season, Hinrich went back to being mostly ineffective ending the game with a single made field goal and only 4 points. He did come down with 5 rebounds. 2/10
Joe Johnson: Joe did his best to keep the Hawks in this one, but by the second half the jumpshots weren't even making it to the basket. Way too many three point attempts came up short and Joe kept shooting them. Leading scorer for the Hawks with 19 and had 5 assists, but only grabbed 1 rebound. 5/10
Josh Smith: J-Smoove had another perfect night from the line and a decent night overall shooting 6-of-14 for 18 points (his lowest total in March). Early foul trouble kept him off the court for extended periods leading to more minutes for TMac. Josh pulled down 6 rebounds and had 4 assists, his fourth straight game with at least 3 assists. Had another monster block, this time stuffing Mo Williams, about the only time the Hawks slowed him down all night. 5/10
Zaza Pachulia: Zaza very quietly had another double-double, his fourth in the last seven games, on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Will be good to get Ivan Johnson back to give Zaza some help and an occasional rest. 6/10
Tracy McGrady: TMac played the most minutes of anyone off the bench, which makes sense since he hasn't been in action in almost a week. McGrady finished with 9 points and only 3 assists, but you can tell he sees the court better than most players on the team and is consistently finding the open man. To completely refute that point, he's got to cut down on the turnovers. 4/10
Jannero Pargo: Much better effort tonight than last night in Denver with 2-of-4 three pointers falling in. Finished with 8 points in 15 minutes of action but grabbed just 1 rebound with no assists. 2/10
Jerry Stackhouse: Stack played 13 minutes off the bench which showed just how desperate the Hawks were for warm bodies to put on the court. 1/10
Erick Dampier: Even with Zaza having played a ton of minutes last night and Ivan Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic not playing at all tonight, Damp still only got in the game for 9 minutes and again did not have a single field goal attempt. If the big man isn't going to take any shots, can he at least try and grab some rebounds? 1/10
The head coach A lab created super coach wasn't going to pull this one out tonight for the Hawks. The lack of any bench production and the starters coming off an overtime road game the night before just spelled disaster for the Hawks against an athletic opponent.
A thought regarding the opposition Mo Williams led all scorers with 25 off the bench and the Clippers were able to get an easy victory playing the second team for most of the second half. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were the only starters to play over 30 minutes.