EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – A bad night

Emptying the Noggin
• I don’t have a lot tonight. This is a really bad loss and a really bad performance. If this continues this is not a playoff team. Already having lost two in a row this team had to have a better presence and a defensive mindset.

• The game was lost in the opening part of the 3rd quarter when the Jazz missed their first 8 shots and didn’t score for the first 4:30. When the ball didn’t go through the hoop the defense faltered and the Hawks got the rim with ease.

• Jefferson had a nice offensive line but his outing was not enough to win games.

• Jefferson got hurt as well and was in a boot when he left the arena

• The defensive numbers won’t look terrible because the Hawks 4th quarter only scored 20 points but they had 30 after 1, 56 at the half and 82 after 3.. Until they shot 8 of 19 in the 4th they had shot above 50% in every quarter.

• Favors line is great – 17 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Josh Smith did finish with 24 and 14 on the other end but he got some of that on Kanter. Favors racks up the numbers and you wonder what he would average if he got this time every night. Not sure it would make this team better from what I saw tonight but Favors is going to get big time numbers whenever he plays.

• The Jefferson/Favors tandem has not defended this year.

• PG play was very poor tonight

• That is enough – It was a bad night. It does no good to go down the line and talk about how everyone didn’t play well. This team is on the ropes right now. It will be interesting to see the status of Millsap and Jefferson coming up on Friday and on the road trip. No time for a slump.

• The Hawks are much better than people realize. They are 15-13 on the road. Al Horford may be the best center in the NBA right now. Jeff Teague has played better. They play hard.