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: I'm beginning to think that Jeff Teague is a fairly substantial cause of Atlanta's poor pick-and-roll defense in Al Horford's absence. Still, he's a talented enough offensive player and defensive gambler to break even on nights when he scores 12 points on 9 shots, earns 7 assists, and grabs four steals. 5/10
Joe Johnson: You agree to pay the man $123 million over 6 years because he can shake off a 3-14 night to make a clutch three en route to dragging a short-handed (largely because he's being paid $123 million over 6 years and was 3-14 on the night) team to an overtime win at home against the 24th best team in the NBA. This should be the night memorialized in statue when the franchise decides giving $200 million to Joe Johnson, his agent, and the government just isn't sufficient expression of gratitude to an above average (playoffs not included) player. I envy Bob Rathbun's ability to be delighted by another 22 point, 19 shot Joe Johnson performance at this point. 6/10
Josh Smith: A rather sui generis Josh Smith night wherein he scores 32 points, grabs 17 rebounds, earn 5 assists, and blocks 3 shots while making a fairly strong argument for not getting anywhere near his next contract. 30 of those points were scored in the paint (on 20 shots and 14 free throw attempts). He scored 2 points on 9 jump shots and made no effort to box out a Cavalier. Once he can no longer rely on his athleticism to bail out his purposelessness, he'll have nothing. 7/10
Zaza Pachulia: Making open layups late in close games just isn't his thing. Otherwise, another very solid night. 5/10
Kirk Hinrich: Younger men than Hinrich (Teague tonight, for one) have failed and will fail to stay in front of Kyrie Irving. In a similar vein, lots of guys can score 10 points on 13 shots before fouling out. 3/10
Tracy McGrady: I'm losing interest in Tracy McGrady and Marvin Williams playing together. I also suspect we've heard the last playing time demand from McGrady this season. 1/10
Willie Green: He's back. 2/10
Jerry Stackhouse: Possibly the best Atlanta guard or wing or 30-something in regulation. Can't knock his effort even if his presence on the roster doesn't convince. 4/10
Jason Collins: Did not use any offensive possessions while going scoreless tonight, tallying just two fouls in five minutes and eight seconds. During which the Hawks were outscored by 12 points. 1/10
The head coach
It's not his fault that guys are hurt, the bench stinks, and the Hawks are on course for a fifth consecutive losing playoff record. It would take a special coach to change the direction of the franchise and you get what you pay for at both ends of the bench. 4/10