Post-game observations on Pelicans @ Hawks

Published: November 28, 2014

The New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Atlanta Hawks tonight 100 to 91 after thanksgiving day. Atlanta led for the majority of the game while the Pelicans seemed completely hesitant and void of any confidence. After losing to Sacramento the other night New Orleans has fallen to .500

The first half was where the game was decided. Both teams struggled from the floor but a 9-2 run to end the 2nd quarter sparked the Hawks to lead 41-28. New Orleans managed just 13 points in that quarter. In the 4th the Pels came out clicking, but every time it seemed like they’d get on a run Atlanta answered with some form of counter punch.

Let’s get head to the game notes:

  • New Orleans scored 40 points in the last period. This is 12 more than what they scored in the entire first half! They seemed out of sorts for much of the start of the game and I’m unsure of what the cause was because there was so much going wrong. They turned it over, took bad shots and kind of just… lumped around.
  • Anthony Davis took a rain-check tonight, which is okay by me. He still contributed with 14 points (but on 14 shots), 11 rebounds, 3 steals and one blocked shot. He can’t do it every night and the Hawks pretty much made sure he never saw the ball. Big props to Atlanta’s coaching staff here. We said pre-game that this would be something to watch and it kind of seemed negligible heading deep into the fourth with Davis on the bench. He finally checked in, but it seemed too late.
  • Austin Rivers had maybe one of the worst games of his career. He shot 0-8 from the field (0-3 from three) and played virtually all of his minutes in the first half. He was replaced by John Salmons who really didn’t validate himself, but contributed none the less with 3 three’s.
  • Jrue Holiday turned in a solid night, but he had to work to get it. Jeff Teague was hounding him all day long and he had a pretty amazing night (26 points and 7 assists). Final stat-line for Holiday was 20 points on 15 shots, 7 assists but no steals…
  • The Atlanta crowd made literally no noise all night long. You could play this game in rural South Dakota and the cows would make more noise. For all the flack that New Orleans gets for not supporting basketball the way it should, Atlanta is probably worse.
  • JIMMER TIME! Zero points 🙁
  • Monty Williams’ suit-game is horrid.
  • The minute’s distribution tonight seemed very clunky. I think it was because of Rivers’ poor play. This forced Monty to search for someone on his bench to step up and no one really did. There were plenty of opportunities for one of the guards on the bench to stake their claim at more minutes and none really seemed to do that.
  • New Orleans seems back to their ways of shooting poorly – just 40% from the floor
  • You know how I said you don’t want to foul the Hawks and send them to the line? Well they went there 22 times and hit 19…

On to Washington where New Orleans will take on a Wizards team also playing well sitting second in the East at 9-5. Remember to follow us on Twitter and share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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