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Self RT: Of Hawks 24.8 3-point attempts per game, Baze, Pero, Dennis, Thabo & Shelvin account for 8.4 and are shooting 21% collectively.
Some have expressed Monroe would be poor fit for Hawks. If Hawks have pursued Monroe to extent the team has, I trust their judgement on fit.
Thus, it would be irresponsible of Hawks to not look at the possibilities with a player as talented as Monroe.
Yes, the Hawks look good in the early going despite rebounding and rim-protection struggles. But team can't count on Millsap coming back.
The reason the Hawks have considered and likely will consider Monroe is because there is no guarantee team will be able to retain Millsap.
Monroe would introduce spacing issues to the Hawks. Poor shooter away from basket. Would address rebounding issues. Not a rim protector.
Monroe is a cerebral player and capable passer who is sure to have noted the success of Mike Budenholzer's ball-movement system.
Zach Lowe: "Even if the Kings ran like all hell, they’re only set up to play pace-and-brick." Wait till they trade for Josh Smith.
This is consistent with my speculation Friday that Monroe may wait until the offseason and allow SVG to explore sign-and-trade scenarios.
I would imagine Wojnarowski is blushing Smush Parker style right about now.
Far from establishing Woj's seething, irrational hatred, this story comes off as a charming anecdote Hollinger was more embarrassed about.
Hollinger pulls up, jokes that he could have taken out Yahoo's whole NBA operation. Woj replies they would still kick ESPN's ass from grave.
In Draper's eagerness to establish Woj's irrational "animosity" toward ESPN, he relates a benign exchange with John Hollinger in parking lot
Still don't like Teague gambling for steals in closing minutes of a close game but he forced a turnover once and was bailed out by Korver.
As bad an idea as Korver's pass was, he made up for it by tying Butler up, winning jump ball. Hawks got away with a few plays this 4th qtr.
And then Korver almost self-destructed. Had Carroll wide open under the basket but Jimmy Butler anticipated pass, climbed the ladder.
Sap drew foul on Gibson, Rose set up Gibson dunk, 87-84 Hawks 1:13; Horford baseline J, clutch money. Gibson self pass, Millsap tight D.
Millsap hits tough baseline drive; Rose missed pull-up 3; Rose picks Al's pocket trying to run point again; Millsap fouls Gasol.
Teague went for steal, kicked ball Bulls; Teague gambles for steal again on next trip but gets away with it as Hinrich is blocked by Korver.
Rose tough runner; Teague cuts back door on Rose, layup; Butler nails his 3rd 3 at end of shot clock; Al pick n pop miss; Rose turnover.
Teague tough runner, ran Rose off a pick; Teague deflects Rose pass to Horford who runs coast-to-coast, sets up DeMarre layup 83-76 Hawks.
Brooks bookends DeMarre miss with pair of bricked 3's; Millsap can't convert drive vs Gibson; Gasol elbow J, 79-76 Hawks with 4:58 to play.
Horford makes baseline J set up by PnR/drive+kick from Scott -- beautiful team basketball; Baze FTs; Baze set up Teague transition 3, miss.
Al missed short pull-up; Bit of a flop by Gasol, non-shooting foul on Bazemore; Brooks penetration creates open 3 for Dunleavy, 75-74 Hawks.
Turn-around scoop by Scott, 75-71 Hawks with 8:20 to play;
Dunleavy gets layup, DeMarre caught on Gibson pick, Al didn't stop ball. Al misses top-of-circle. Brooks from step beyond arc, 73-21 Hawks.
Now Dennis chucks a pull-up 3 early in shot clock; Teague immediately up off the bench only 2+ mins into quarter. Not how you stay on floor.
Dennis has good entry to Scott who bobbled it, ended up missing a fade-away. Dennis elbow pull up, miss. Mirotic tough drive & layup over Al
If Lance Stephenson ends up back w/ Indy it would have so many similarities to Sean Elliott's one year (disastrous) stint w/ DET back in '94
Of Hawks 24.8 3-point attempts per game, Baze, Pero, Dennis, Thabo & Shelvin account for 8.4 attempts and are shooting 21% collectively.
You can't sit there and watch Jeff Teague slouch his way through a defensive possession then complain Horford doesn't block enough shots.
Get some guards who can stay in front of their man and it will almost certainly cut down on the number of layups the Hawks are giving up.
What would help the Hawks' opponents' at-rim FG% would be if team had more than one guard with a positive defensive real plus minus.
BTW: Do I think Raduljica would improve the Hawks' rim protection? Not much. I also don't think the Hawks' front court is wholly to blame.
Elton Brand 2014-15 per 36 (Raduljica career per 36 in parenthesis): 9.6 PTS (14) 8.4 REB (8.4) 56% FG (54%)
Mike Muscala career per 36 (Raduljica in parenthesis): 13.8 PTS (14) 8.7 REB (8.4) 46% FG (54%); up next: Elton Brand this year/36
Thus, signing Raduljica is a long-term play. Some folks didn't care for giving Zaza Pachulia a 4-year $16 million contract. Worked out well.
Pero Antic career per 36 (Raduljica in parenthesis): 13.1 PTS (14) 7.5 REB (8.4) 41% FG (54%)
And Raduljica has more of a long-term future in the NBA than Elton Brand or Pero Antic. The time to obtain such a player is when available.
I'm not saying Raduljica is a perfect, model citizen and ideal culture fit for the Hawks. What I'm saying is that he can play...
Raduljica career per 36: 14 PTS 8.4 REB 54% FG; Zaza: 11.9 PTS 9.6 REB 46% FG; So we're looking at Zaza-type value long-term.