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Monday afternoon’s game against the New York Knicks marked the Atlanta Hawks’ 41st game of the regular season, the halfway point of the Hawks’ regular season. It has certainly been a topsy-turvy 41 games to say the least and with the Hawks not in action until tomorrow, now seems like a good time to breakdown the Hawks’ season so far using a number of different headings and awards.

Team stats

Let’s go through the splits — and where in the league the Hawks rank — first and then we’ll have a lovely little chat about it.

(Stats courtesy of NBA.com and basketball-reference and are correct as of January 16th)

Record: 24-17 (4th in the East, 11 overall)

PPG: 103 (19th)

FG%: 45.6% (14th)

3PM: 9 (19th)

3P%: 34.6% (23rd)

FT%: 71.8% (28th)

RPG: 44 (13th)

ORPG (offensive rebounds per game): 10.6 (12th)

APG: 24.1 (6th)

SPG: 8.7 (3rd)

BPG: 5.1 (10th)

TOV: 15.5 (25th)

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The Atlanta Hawks won a nail-biter against the New York Knicks on Martin Luther King Day, 108-107 the final score at MSG. Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 30 points (including two end of quarter buzzer-beaters) while Derrick Rose added 18 points.

A close encounter

What a game this was. Both teams played decent games, missing key players (Kristaps Porzingis and Lance Thomas out for the Knicks, Dwight Howard and Mike Muscala out for the Hawks) on the second night of a back-to-back (New York in action yesterday against the Raptors on the road while the Hawks faced the Bucks yesterday in Atlanta) and it was a tight affair for pretty much the whole game. No team led by more than eight points at any stage in a game that saw the game 20 lead changes and 14 game ties.

It was looking a little hairy for the Hawks in the final quarter, the Knicks began the final period on a 10-0 run to take a five point lead. The two teams went back and forth and the Knicks found themselves up five with just over 3 minutes remaining, but Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a big three-pointer to cut the Knick lead to just two points. Following a nice runner from Derrick Rose, the Knicks led 107-105 with just 43 seconds left. The Hawks didn’t panic, ran their offense and it ended — with the shot clock and the game, for that matter (since the Hawks would’ve had to have fouled if this missed), winding down — with a three-pointer from Dennis Schröder to put the Hawks up 108-107 with 22 seconds remaining.

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The Atlanta Hawks bounced back from their disappointing loss against Al Horford and the Boston Celtics on Friday night with a 111-98 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday evening. Giannis Antentokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points on 13-of-22 shooting. Greg Monroe added 13 points off of the bench.

Welcome back, Baze

The Hawks are just so much more fun when Kent Bazemore has it going and he had his best game in a long time this evening. Baze scored 24 points (the most he has scored in a game since November 8th when he scored 25 points against the Cavaliers) on 8-of-13 shooting and 4-of-7 from behind the arc.

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The Atlanta Hawks’ seven game winning streak came to an end on Friday night as they dropped an entertaining game against the Boston Celtics, 103-101. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 28 points — including the game winner — while Kelly Olynyk poured out 26 points off the bench.

Look who’s back

We had to wait until January but last night the Hawks finally got to see Al Horford return to Atlanta for the first time as a Celtic. When he was introduced, and again throughout the game, there were quite a number of boos for Horford, something that took him by surprise.

“They were unexpected. I don’t want to say anything, but it is what it is. I know there’s a lot of fans out there that appreciated my time here, and I appreciate them.” — Al Horford

The Hawks did have a video tribute lined up and it was shown at the end of the first quarter. Horford was given a standing ovation.

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Part 2:

Howdy, introducing on HawksHoop a podcast called This Week in the Hawks, a weekly Atlanta Hawks podcast where I (Graham Chapple) discusses the various different events from throughout the week including news, games, stats etc.

Episodes 1 and 2 can be found here, and going forward you can find episodes on AudioBoom.

Here is Episode 3 where I discuss:

  • The Hawks taking Paul Millsap off the trade block.
  • Mike Dunleavy.
  • Dennis Schröder.
  • Recaps of the two games the Hawks played this week against the Mavericks and the Nets.
  • A preview of the three games the Hawks will play next, including the reunion with Al Horford and the Celtics.
  • More Al Horford talk.

Hopefully you enjoy this (currently working towards improved audio, but for now this is what we have). Thanks for listening!

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The Atlanta Hawks extended their winning streak to a season best seven games after blowing out the Brooklyn Nets 117-97 at Barclays Center. Brook Lopez led the way for the Nets with 20 points.

End of the road (trip)

I know I’ve used that line before, so I apologise. Not really. Anyways, last night’s game in Brooklyn capped off a very successful four game road trip for the Hawks in which they won all four games against Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas and Brooklyn.

Of course it’s worth noting all of those teams are below .500 but you still have to take care of business and the Hawks did so, something they didn’t do on their last lengthy road trip, losing to the Suns and the Lakers.

Old friends…

Last night was the first time the Hawks were matched against the Nets and Kenny Atkinson, who was an assistant coach under Coach Bud before leaving last summer to fill the Brooklyn Nets’ head coach vacancy. There was nothing but love for Coach Atkinson both pregame — but most notably post game — where coaches and players alike greeted him with hugs.

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The Atlanta Hawks increased their winning streak to six following their 97-82 triumph against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Saturday night. Harrison Barnes led the way for the Mavericks with 21 points while Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki both added 11 points each.

Taking care of business

The Hawks are now six games unbeaten, however, the counter-argument to that would be their last three wins have comes against teams below .500. And that’s a fair point, but the Hawks are still taking care of business as they should be.

“We did what we set out to do. We got three out of three. We are pleased with it. We are pleased with our play. We still can get better in some areas but we are happy with where we are now.” — Paul Millsap

The Mavs are probably the worst team out of the bunch that the Hawks have played of late, sat at the bottom of the Western Conference with an 11-26 record. The Mavs played the Hawks well for three quarters, recovering from a nine point deficit in the third quarter with a 9-0 run to tie the game, but a 10-0 Hawks run the fourth quarter left the Mavericks in a difficult position: a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of. The Hawks outscored the Mavs 31-23 in the final period, winning by 15 in the end.

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