The Atlanta Hawks needed one of their unsung players to step up at a critical time late in the season, and Mike Scott delivered. The versatile forward didn’t have his best performance of the year, but he sure did come pretty close to matching it in order to propel the Hawks to a much-needed win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scott scored 26 points by going an amazing 12-for-13 shooting from the field. If he wanted to take a shot from half court last night, he probably could have because he literally could not miss. It didn’t matter what kind of defense the Cavaliers played either. Scott was in a groove shooting the basketball.
However, as impressive as his performance was, the timing of his amazing effort was even more shocking. Scott had been in a bit of a funk recently. Coming into the game against Cleveland, he had managed to only score two points in his previous game and a mere four points per game in his last four contests.
He sure did bring his best to the floor at the right time for Atlanta though. With the playoffs on the line, the Hawks needed some players to step up in order to make their final push for the No. 8 seed. The New York Knicks went into the game controlling this final spot in the Eastern Conference, but after a defeat to the Washington Wizards last night, this allowed Atlanta to take it back.
Hopefully, now that the Hawks have control of their own destiny again, they can finally finish off the Knicks. The win over the Cavaliers means that they are probably out of the running, so now it’s down to a only two-team race for the last seed. This means players like Scott have to continue to provide Atlanta with big performances down the stretch because without their unsung heroes, making the playoffs will be a lot more difficult for the Hawks.