Atlanta Hawks’ Top 5 Performers This Week
Atlanta Hawks' Top 5 Performers
Every week, I am going to create a list of the top five performers of the week for the Atlanta Hawks. This list will be based on who I believe performed at the highest level during the week; therefore, this is not who I believe are the top five players for the Hawks necessarily. These are players that either showed consistency or produced at a level higher than usual during the course of the week. For example, some weeks this list may include all five starters, five bench players, or a combination of both.
The Hawks took two out of three this week from their opponents to improve their record to 11-10 on the season. In their first game, the Hawks suffered a heart-breaker to the San Antonio Spurs, as Tim Duncan hit a last second shot to seal the victory. Even though the Hawks lost, this team showed that they could compete at the highest level. When the Los Angeles Clippers came to town, they were not prepared to stop the Hawks on offense. The Hawks took it to them all game, as players such as Paul Millsap enforced their will down low and Kyle Korver shot lights out from the three-point line. The last game of the week for the Hawks was arguably their best performance of the season. Atlanta waxed the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game that was never close.
A number of players showcased their talent in an excellent week for the Hawks. Bench players were a major factor in all three of the games. Most of the starters showed consistency, while some took their game to the next level in order to achieve victory. All in all, it was a good week for the Hawks. Hopefully, the Hawks will ride this momentum into their next slate of games as they face some top caliber opponents in the coming week.
So, without further ado, here are your top five performers of the week.
5. DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll was an opposing force on both ends of the court this week. On offense, Carroll shot well from the outside and had a number of great cuts towards the basket for easy lay-ups. On defense, he was a rebounding machine who hounded his opponent every night.
4. Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague continues to be a key piece to the Hawks’ success this season. This week, Teague turned in some productive games offensively, but on defense, Teague really shined as he held Kyrie Irving to zero points on Friday night.
3. Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver makes the list at No. 3, but for only one reason. Korver set the all-time NBA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer against the Cavs in the first quarter. His record-breaking performance earned him the No. 3 spot this week.
2. Al Horford
Al Horford is Mr. Consistency for the Hawks. Every night, Horford is good for double-digit points and at least six rebounds. This week was no different, as he dominated opposing teams both offensively and defensively.
1. Paul Millsap
Wow, what a week for Paul Millsap. He had a double-double in two out of the three games, and nearly had a third. His performances were the difference for the Hawks, and the reason why he earned the top spot this week.