So, Jeff Teague or Brandon Knight?
This season, it’s probably a toss up. My vote goes to Knight only because he’s younger.
But tonight Teague was better down the stretch, leading the Hawks to a 102-97 victory. A big flaw on his line for tonight is the 7 turnovers, but other than that, he and Knight’s lines are quite comprable.
Teague separated himself from Knight with his assists numbers, 70% shooting percentage (compared to Knight’s 46%) and play in the last two minutes.
In crunch time, Teague made a pull up jumper off the dribble, then a couple plays later his thunderous dunk put the Hawks up 7 with under 30 seconds to play. Knight couldn’t make the plays to keep pace. He missed a runner, then made a good decision to hit Ilyasova…who missed an open jumper.
Dennis Schroeder outplayed his rookie counterpart Giannis Antetokounmpo, too. Schroeder played just 15 minutes, but finished with 8 points on 4-6 shooting to go with 5 assists and no turnovers. Schroeder was just generally crafty on both ends of the floor. Gio continued to ram his head into that rookie wall. He was just 1-4 for 5 points, but helped his case with a cool 5 assists and no turnovers.
The Hawks really set themselves apart on their three point shooting. The Bucks only made 3 shots from long distance (3-19, 16%!!!!!), while the Hawks poured them in from six different players. DeMarre Carrol was 4-6, Kyle Korver was 3-5, Paul Milsap was 2-4 and Teague hit 2-3. The Hawks shot 13-29 (45%) as a team from behind the arc.
- Ersan Ilyasova was 10-20 for 22pts/10rebs. Good job, Ersan.
- John Henson got more minutes than Jeff Adrien, but wasn’t much more effective – Henson: 5-6 shooting for 12pts/5rebs/2ast/2stl/2bs in 25 minutes. Adrien: 5-10 shooting for 12pts/6rebs/0ast/2stl/1bs in 18 minutes.
- The Sixers were off tonight, so we gained? a half game on them. Silver Linings.