HAWKS DECLAW RAPTORS

With an impressive win Sunday, November 28, the Hawks overpowered the Toronto Raptors 96 – 78. After beating the New York Knicks 99 – 90 less than 24 hours ago, the Hawks were able to keep that momentum and not skip a beat in the Raptors beat down. Toronto’s defensecould not keep up with the Hawks OUTSTANDING ball movement as we saw Atlanta operate Larry Drew’s motion offense to a “T”.

In the lopsided win, Joe Johnson’s services were only needed for 27 minutes of the game. Joe finished with 16 pts/4 ast/1 reb on 50% shooting. In a terrible shooting night, Toronto only made 1 out of 12 three point attempts. Fighting valiantly, Toronto only had two players that scored in double-digits: Andrea Bargnani (14) and DeMar DeRozan (13). Raptors starting PF, Reggie Evans, did not play due to his broken foot. The Raptors had multiple opportunities to capitalize on the Hawks’ sluggish perimeter defense, just couldn’t get the ball to drop.

After Chris Bosh left to take his services to “South Beach”, Bargnani has been the leader on Toronto’s young and rebuilding team. Getting valuable playing time, DeRozan, a sophomore in the league, has been thrusted into the Raptors starting SG position. In rebuilding mode, the Raptors have attained valuable expiring contracts (Peja Stojakovic) that will help open up Cap Space for next season and young talent (Jerryd Bayless) for their future in a trade with the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Jarrett Jack, David Anderson, and Marcus Banks November 20, 2010.

The Hawks took advantage of the transitioning Raptors and their thin Front Court. Al Horford (16 pts/8 reb/2 ast) had a field day against Toronto shooting 54% and only 2 rebounds short of a double-double in 27 minutes. Marvin Williams (17 pts/12 reb/1 ast) had a solid game in 36 minutes against Toronto to record his first double-double this season. While these two had solid performances, the MVP had to be Josh Smith recording his 3rd career TRIPLE-DOUBLE!

Josh Smith FILLED the stat sheet against Toronto with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 blocks. Being one of the most underrated PF in the league, Josh showed everybody what he’s been doing all season and why he should be an ALL-STAR! This season, Josh is averaging 15.5 ppg/9.1 rpg/4.1 apg/1.5 spg/2.4 bpg! He has been saying to his critics he’s an All-Star through his performances night in-night out on the court. Josh doesn’t just fill up a stat sheet, he puts on a show for the fans. May it be a showstopping dunk or a momentum changing block, Josh’s game puts fans in the seats. Not only is he fun to watch, his play is viral to the team and makes everyone around him play better. He is the heart on this team and for the 1st time in 5 seasons, the Hawks have… a LEADER!

HAWKS 96 – 78 RAPTORS

GOOD: Motion Offense, Ball Movement, and Post Defense.

BAD: Perimeter Defense

HIGHLIGHTS: 11/28 Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors


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