Archives For December 2015

Following Atlanta’s win vs. Portland, HawksHoop’s Joshua Broom elicited Coach Mike Budenholzer’s opinion concerning the Hawks’ current four-game winning streak. Atlanta defeated the Trail Blazers 106-97 Monday night. Below is video of Budenholzer giving his thoughts, post-game, regarding the Hawks’ recent success. Continue Reading…

On a night featuring divergent streaks, the Atlanta Hawks won their fourth in a row, while handing Portland a fourth consecutive loss, 106-97 at Philips Arena.

Dennis Scroder may be short a tooth, but he still led Atlanta in scoring with 18. The third-year guard’s tooth was jarred loose on Monday night. Schroder’s response? Sock it. Joining Dennis in double-figures for the 18-12 Hawks were Thabo Sefolosha (13 points), Jeff Teague (13), Mike Scott (13), Paul Millsap (12) and Kent  Bazemore (12).

New acquisition Tiago Splitter, who noted his satisfaction in being reunited with Coach Budenholzer pre-game, added an efficient eight points and two steals.

Portland was led in scoring by Allen Crabbe (19) and Maurice Harkless (14). Though the Trail Blazers out rebounded the Hawks 50-31, Atlanta limited Portland to just 5-of-24 Shooting from 3-point territory. Continue Reading…

Currently riding a three-game winning streak, the Atlanta Hawks rallied late to defeat the Orlando Magic 103-100. With the win, Atlanta moved to within a half game of second place Indiana in the ridiculously log-jammed Eastern Conference standings.

Kyle Korver was the hero on the evening. The 2015 All-Star shook off a slow start to knock down four crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. However, none were bigger than the go-ahead three Korver made with 43 seconds remaining. The 12th-year man finished with a team-high 19 points, while shooting six-for-eight from beyond the arc.

Kyle was joined in twin-figures by Al Horford (14 points), Jeff Teague (14), Paul Millsap (13), Kent Bazemore (13) and reserve Mike Scott (15). Scott provided Atlanta with a huge lift off the bench, pouring in all of his points in 17 efficient minutes of play. Continue Reading…

Tonight the Atlanta Hawks meet the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center in a Southeast Division showdown. Both teams come into their first meeting of the season sporting modest winning streaks. Atlanta has won two straight, while Orlando has defeated their previous three opponents .

In fact, the Magic have been one of the hotter teams in the entire league of late, winning nine of twelve. Major credit for Orlando’s quick turnaround goes to first-year Head Coach Scott Skiles.

Skiles’ defensive minded approach has Orlando ranked sixth in the NBA in points allowed (98.3), fourth in defensive rating (101 ppg) and sixth in opponents’ field goal percentage (42.8 percent). Continue Reading…

On a night in which the Atlanta Hawks asserted themselves in the fourth quarter for a 109-101 victory over Boston, HawksHoop will critique each Atlanta player’s all-around performance.

For Hawks fans, the final twelve minutes of Friday’s evenly-matched meeting was a beautiful thing. The Hawks entered the final frame trailing by two but exited winners by eight.

As a collective unit, Atlanta performed well defensively. The Hawks’ stifling and sticky perimeter defense forced the Celtics into a season-high 21 turnovers. Three Hawks registered two or more steals in the victorious outing. Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks made it two in a row Friday night with a 109-101 road win over the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden Arena. With the victory the Hawks moved to 2-1 against the Celtics on the season.

In a hard fought, nip-tuck contest in which Atlanta needed every ounce of reserve to pull out the fourth quarter comeback, Dennis Schröder shined as he led Atlanta with 22 points. The third-year wunderkind was joined in twin-figures by Al Horford (21 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks), Paul Millsap (20), Kent Bazemore (15), Thabo Sefolosha (11) and Kyle Korver (11). Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics face off in an Eastern Conference rubber match Friday night at the TD Garden. The Hawks avenged an earlier 106-93 defeat to Boston by dominating the Celtics in the teams’ last meeting.

In that Nov. 24 meeting Atlanta overwhelmed the Celtics 121-94. For the contest the Hawks’ “Mr. Everything” Paul Millsap scored 25 points while grabbing nine rebounds.

Fast forward almost a month and both teams are just outside of the top eight in the Eastern Conference standings. Each squad enters Friday’s showdown having dropped three of their previous four outings. Ninth place Atlanta currently holds a razor thin half game lead over tenth place Boston in the Conference’s pecking order. Continue Reading…

The home standing Atlanta Hawks snapped a 3-game skid against the historically woeful Philadelphia 76ers 127-106 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. After being held to consecutive sub-par offensive performances, Atlanta exploded for a season-best 127 points against hapless 1-26 Philadelphia.

Paul Millsap led all Hawks scorers with 21 points on the evening. Overall, Millsap shot a near-flawless 7-for-8 from the field while registering six of seven makes from the free throw line. Joining Millsap in twin digits on Atlanta’s big offensive night were Jeff Teague (18 points), Al Horford (17), Dennis Schröder (17) and Tiago Splitter (10).

Splitter’s first foray into double-digit scoring as a Hawk represented a season high for the Brazilian big man. Teague set the tone early for Atlanta, scoring eight of his 18 in the opening stanza of play.

For the reeling 76ers (losers of eight straight), Isaiah Canaan (24 points) and prized rookie Jahlil Okafor (19 points, seven rebounds) provided brief moments in the sun for a team that’s lost 26 of 27 this year. Against Philadelphia, Atlanta set a ’15-16 team best in shooting accuracy from the field. The 15-12 Hawks scorched the nets with regularity, connecting on 61.5 percent of all attempts. Continue Reading…

A lot of alarm has been caused by the Hawks’ slow start to the season. After 60 wins and an Eastern Conference Finals berth in the 2014-15 season, the Atlanta team is out to a mediocre 14-12 start to the 2015-16 campaign.

What is the difference? Could it be the departure of DeMarre Carroll, who was often seen as the “glue guy” for last year’s Hawks team? Could it simply be a regression from last year’s team that appeared to see every player peak in the same season? Is it rebounding? Coaching? What happened?

Jeff Teague happened. Or I guess he has failed to happen so far this year.

On the surface, it looks like Teague has had a normal year compared to his past starting seasons with Atlanta. He’s averaging over 15 points per game, he has six assists per game, and he’s averaging just under three turnovers per game. Over the past five seasons — which is when he became Atlanta’s starter — these are almost his exact numbers. While you would generally hope for improvement from a 27 year old, All-Star caliber player, there is really nothing completely wrong with those numbers. So what’s wrong? Continue Reading…

In a game full of back-and-forth scoring, rough shooting and the return of ZAZILLA, the Hawks notched back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they made a late push to put away the Dallas Mavericks 98-95.

The Hawks were up by four points going into the fourth (biggest lead in the game being six), but found themselves in a shallow hole with a few minutes to go. Out of a timeout with 3:20 to play, Kyle Korver ran around a screen on the weak side and attracted the defender assigned to Al Horford, leaving Lil’ Tito free for a cutting dunk. After an ensuing 3-pointer by Dallas-area native Deron Williams, the Hawks found themselves down one with just over two and a half minutes remaining.

With 2:20 to play, a spot-up three by Kent Bazemore — thanks to a nifty assist from Jeff Teague — gave the Hawks the lead for good. I asked Bazemore after the game if he could tell me the name of NBA leader in spot-up 3-point percentage. He had no clue. The answer? Kent Bazemore himself, with a dandy 56.7% (entering tonight), courtesy of NBAsavant.com. Here’s Bazemore’s reaction to his clutch shot:

“[The shot] was good, even better pass from Jeff,” said Bazemore. “He got it there … feet set, let it fly!” Continue Reading…