Some quick observations after coming back from the game:
1- Vasquez played terribly on the pick and roll; he missed Lopez at least 3x on his way to the basket.
2- Anderson was amazing. He had two amazing drive spin moves, including one to split a double.
3- Not surprisingly, Smith has his way with Davis on the post. Thomas played great one-on-one D on Smith in limited minutes.
4- JSmoove doesn't look right still. I just didn't see the same activity and energy from him that we're all used to seeing out of him.
5- Gordon was certainly forcing the issue. He wasn't as keen to look for the open man in crunch time, and that may have cost us. His perimeter defense was outstanding though.
6- Rivers got stuffed three times on the drive. I cringed when he attempted to do so on Smith. Quiet game from him.
7- Refs were very inconsistent with their calls. Extremely ticky tackey. The fans let them have it a few times.
8- Free throw shooting remains a problem. Davis seems to have lost his touch as of late and Gordon missed multiple and one opportunities due to his inability to knock his free throws down. 4-12 as a team.
That's all I can think of for now. I'll post some more thoughts on the game if others come to mind.
8- Josh Smith gave it to Ryan Anderson several times. Yet Monty kept with it.
There were a few boos but mostly cheers.
Just one of those nights where they weren't falling. We've got a good FT shooting team on average.
We'd better make them because we get the 3rd least in the league per game.
If you didn't think we needed another scorer outside of Ryno other than Vasquez and EG after tonight... I don't know what to tell you...
Like I said. We need another banger. In addition to a truer PG and a wing.
Josh Smith, 37 min, 23 pts, .575 TS%
Al Horford, 41 min, 20 pts, .588 TS%
Kyle Korver, 30 min, 14 pts, .788 TS%
And we all saw what Zaza did in limited minutes.
Jeff Teague, 40 min, 4 pts, .225 TS%
Lou Williams, 37 min, 9 pts, .324 TS%
Great defensive game from our back court. Teague and Williams are fine players. Even when Gordon is having an off night offensively, the difference he makes on the defensive end over Rivers/Roberts is absolutely HUGE.
We didn't have an answer for Josh Smith. He's too quick for Anderson and Lopez, and too strong for Davis. I can't wait for Davis to bulk up a bit so that he can slow down guys like Josh Smith. Lance Thomas did a decent job on Josh Smith; I wish he would have gotten more minutes from a defensive standpoint, but then Anderson may not have been on the floor to provide offense. So many of our guys are "not quite there yet" that we still have to "pick our poison." I also wonder whether McGuire could have slowed down Smith. Does anyone know why McGuire didn't play a minute? Any injuries?
Our team is getting there. Even with Gordon having an off night, it's nice to see us contend for a victory against a team that is 1.5 games out of first in the East. We need a wing who can play great defense and make some sort of positive contribution on the offensive end. Luckily there are some out there in FA this off season (Kirilenko, Budinger, and Iguodala being my favorites) and we have money to spend!