I had to work late and missed the game. I'm glad to see a little better distribution of shots tonight although I'd still like to see 3-4 more of those 79 shots come from our bigs. Lance still played too many minutes but I really don't see Vogel changing much with that. Nice to see another win against a very possible 2cd round oponent.
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One small complaint is I dont think Lance should be playing 35+ mpg in a game like this, especially on with a game tomorrow
Budenholzer sure has no ****s to give with his rotations sometimes. Korver continues to become a more complete player every year, and so tan. The Hawks are a driving team, and Lance and CJ were happy to oblige. Poor OJ. Only 13 turnovers.
Ian Report: He was pretty good, though the blocks on Teague's broken, depressive shots shouldn't have counted. If it weren't for garbage minutes, Mahinmi would have shot worse than everyone. Glad he got the and-1, dunks are always good for the ol' confidence. He was active enough against a sloppy Hawks effort to pick up the steals and blocks. I actually thought he was a little late on some screens and clear-outs on the offensive end. Felt like a hangover game for both teams. 'B'
It seems like 75% of our stupid turnovers come from trying to feed Roy in the post.
Also, watching the game I thought "Paul George hasn't missed a free throw in a while" then looked it up on basketball reference and he's 1.000 from the line in February.
I got to go to this one. And that first quarter was fun. Then we got lazy in the second. Granger was throwing passes to the Hawks, Ian couldn't guard a snowflake in July, and Lou Williams did his best interpreation of Marcus-Wilson-Thorton-Changler-Gerald-Jamal-Green-Crawford. Thank goodness that only lasted one quarter.
I showed up really early and saw Bynum warming up. From 10 rows up he looked leaner than I expected. I hope he looks meaner as well. At one point on the bench a crew member brought him a cup of brown liquid. I hoped it was coffee, or Coke Zero. I am fearful that it was Jack and Coke. Just kidding about that....
Roy and Ian had some healthy banter with Bynum. He peeked his head in the huddle far more than I expected. And he was more engaged than TJ Ford when he dressed in his jeans and overcoat. Which isn't saying much.
In the first half I was worried about Ian. He has played **** poor since the Andrew signing. My expectations of Ian is not the same as most of you. So I say this in perspective. Ian played worse than Rasho Nestorvich with hemorrhoids. He was slow, sealed like a school girl, and couldn't handle a pass. When he went to the bench with 7 minutes to play I was so worried that Ian was done for the season. Roy, Butler, and Nate all came over to him while Andrew Bynum was half in the huddle and half looking at Ian like a damaged squirrel that just fell out of a tree. I really thought Bynum was going to pour his coffee/coke/Jack Daniels on him to see if Ian would react to it. Maybe that is what happened in the locker room. David West slapped his throat and said, "we need you, this isn't a French ballet".
Because in the second half Ian played like we needed him to. He was tipping balls, running full court transition defense, and guarding the paint better than Roy has in 3 weeks. Well at least he jumped higher than Roy has in three weeks. That dunk in the second half was mammoth.
Couple Ian's play with Granger and Watson finally hitting shots and this game was finally over.
Vogel finally got the memo that you don't put your starters in up 20 in the fourth on the front end of a back to back.
And I know you all have commented on West destroying Milsap. There were some here wanting us to let West go to pick up Milsap. Tsk. Tsk. When West game back in the second quater, Milsap hung his head lower than rabbi at a bat mitzah. Folks we have four All-Stars. And if we win it this year and play like this the start of next year. We will pull a Pistons and have 4 All-Stars.
We looked like an old Ferrari being started for the first time in several years last night. There was a lot of smoke, a lot of coughing, a few failed starts, and then boom that beautiful, beautiful noise.
I will be honest. In the first half I looked at Elton Brand and thought that Danny was going to be the next Elton Brand. A star who is a limited role player, that gets abused by younger players.
You know, I think the growth of Korver as a player has been a pretty fantastic storyline that many don't even acknowledge. He's gone from a spot up 3 point shooter to a damn good offensive player. And he's the best shooter in the league, from anywhere. And while he's not great defender, he does put in the effort at least.
The guy has clearly worked his *** off in the NBA and he's become a very good NBA player. Also crazy he has been in the league for 11 years. If I could get my hands on a Korver 76ers jersey I would buy it in a heartbeat.
You can't get champagne from a garden hose.