Anytime the Hawks go 2-1 since an All-Star break where they lose to Miami and beat the Kings and Bucks, I like to take a look back on what we've learned.
Let's do it.
In a pace adjusted world since the return of the NBA from their All-Star break, the Hawks have shown the following (all stats courtesy of NBA Stats):
They love to share:
The Hawks are numero uno (that's #1) in Assists and Assists to Turnover Ratio. Number one. This is an item that is not talked about enough when measuring the Hawks without Joe Johnson, the moves made in the offseason and the maturation of Jeff Teague. Overall, for the season, they are also first in assists in a pace adjusted world.
They still don't foul, don't get fouled:
Near the bottom in both categories, which is good, considering they are in the bottom five in free throw percentage. If you want to watch a fairly free-throw absent game, tune into a Hawks game.
They Jack Threes:
3rd since the break in threes made, fourth overall. Everybody must jack threes. And they do. All night long.
They can't get offensive rebounds....:
27th since the break and 26th for the season.
But that's alright, because they make shots anyway:
3rd in made shots since the break, 5th in True Shooting % and eFG%.
They are playing faster....:
11th in Pace, which is up from their seasonal 16th.
...and maybe that's because they are getting it done on the defensive glass.....:
6th in the league in Defensive Rebounding percentage since the break.
...and they are getting out on the break:
2nd in fast break points coming off those defensive rebounds.
Lastly, they are getting it done inside:
Some of it comes from those fast break points, no doubt, but the Hawks are 11th in PITP since the break.
WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS?!!!
Individually, the Boss has shown up. Al Horford has put together a Player of the Week like effort, averaging 24.7 points per game, 9.3 rebounds, two blocks and 3.7 assists in the three games since he wasn't invited to the All-Star game. He has done this while shooting 67% from the floor (11/17 per game). Yes.
Jeff Teague has also made it happen, averaging nearly 10 assists per game (9.7) while stealing a couple of average 17.3 points per game.
Kyle Korver, Devin Harris, DeShawn Stevenson and John Jenkins are averaging 10 threes a game while shooting 56 percent as a group from long range.
Finally, Josh Smith has averaged 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.7 steals during this, which included playing with the thought of having to relocate his services for the game against the Heat.
The Hawks continue their six game roadie in Detroit Monday night and then take on the Utah, Phoenix, the Lakers and Denver (but not at the same time, of course) before returning home on March 6th to host the Sixers.
What about Zaza Pachulia and Ivan Johnson?
They approved this post. That's all the matters to them, and so to you. If you want more Ivan, check out the mix Robby left on the site this morning. It may not be suitable for work, but then again, neither is Ivan.
Exit Question: The Hawks have one win in the books on this road trip, what's your best guess for the remainder of the trip?