Archives For January 2017

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The Atlanta Hawks just about escaped Philips Arena with a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, 103-93. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, one of five Bulls who scored in double digits.

A great start and a real messy ending

What a game this was.

The Hawks blew the Bulls out of the water in the first quarter, outscoring the Bulls 35-13 in a quarter that was capped by a buzzer-beating three by Tim Hardaway Jr. followed by a shimmy.

“I like the ball in my hand in that situation. I kind of like to shoot far, half-court shots, when the clock is running down. I have confidence in myself that every shot I shoot is going in. Thankfully it went in.” — Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Hello there. It’s that time of the week again, Episode 4 of This Week in the Hawks has dropped.

Topic this week include:

  • Eastern Conference All-Star talk and the case for Paul Millsap
  • News from the Hawks-sphere this week including the signing of Gary Neal
  • Game recaps from the four games the Hawks played this week (Friday-to-Friday)
  • Notable stats from the week, who’s in form and who’s out of form
  • A preview of next week’s fixtures
  • And how to eat a Cadbury’s Creme Egg, of course.

Thanks very much for listening!

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The Atlanta Hawks’ brief two game winning streak came crashing down — in dramatic fashion — against the Detroit Pistons, in Atlanta’s final game at The Palace, 118-95. All five of the Pistons’ starters scored in double digits, led by Reggie Jackson’s 26 points. Andre Drummond also chipped in with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 21 points.

First quarter massacre

The Hawks have been prone to a few slow starts this season but last night took it to a whole other level. The Pistons outscored the Hawks 42-18 in the first quarter, the Pistons shooting 61.5% from the field and 6-of-7 from behind the arc.

“They punched us. Punched us hard. We weren’t able to come back from that.” — Paul Millsap

This was the Hawks’ third game in four nights and you could tell that the energy and intensity just wasn’t there. As sluggish as the Hawks were, you have to give the Detroit Pistons a lot of credit. Their intensity and ball movement — an are focus for the Pistons heading into this game was great last night.

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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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