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John Wall may be out, but the Wizards still had enough to hold off the Hawks on Saturday, beating the Hawks 103-101. The Hawks rallied back from 21 down to tie the game with 13 seconds left, but still fell victim to Washington. Here’s how it happened.

1. Paul Pierce still has it
Okay, he doesn’t always have it. He shot 5-for-12 from the field including 3-for-7 from 3, but in the deciding moment he scored the biggest two of his 13 points. Pierce in his 17th season saw that he would be guarded by Dennis Schroder and knew he would take the 21-foot game winning shot as the buzzer sounded. The veteran of many playoff battles also still has his quick wit, too. When Pierce told that Schroder called his bucket “lucky”, he game a wry smile and responded only as he can.

“He’s a little young, barely in his second year; of course he’s going to say that,” Pierce said. “He’s hasn’t been around long enough and probably missed with me in NBA 2K.”

Whenever Pierce decides to retire, he’ll be missed by the entire NBA community.

2. The wait for the Hawks to have a performance reminiscent to their regular season is becoming as long as the wait for Doctor Dre to drop Detox
Paul Millsap didn’t start the game due to flu-like symptoms, and it appeared the rest of the starting lineup caught whatever he had, because they all looked sluggish. Hawks got out to yet another lethargic start and didn’t seem like a very confident team after the game. DeMarre Carroll, who prior to the Game 3 defeat had been the Hawks best player in the playoffs, only saw the court for two seconds in the fourth quarter. That’s troubling enough, but his response was to why he wasn’t in on the last possession was even more puzzling: Continue Reading…

Hawks Fall to Raptors

Nubyjas Wilborn —  November 28, 2014

Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks fought valiantly in their 126-115 loss against the Toronto Raptors. Teague scored 24 points on 7-for-14 shooting. He also dished out 12 assists.  But he also had to guard Kyle Lowry, who had 13 assists to go along with 14 points.

On a night where the Hawks had five players in double digits, they lost to a now 13-2 Raptors team that had seven guys in double digits. It felt like an 80’s Western Conference game on Wednesday night. Games like this while being a learning tool for the Hawks should also be a sign that East is no longer the sisters of the poor.

“I keep telling people our conference isn’t soft, we have some of the best point guards in the league” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Tonight is another example; we had a great game offensively because of our movement, but so did they.” “Thankfully we were able to score a few more points, but we can win like this every night.”

The Hawks have improved a lot since their season opening loss to the Raptors. Al Horford has especially shown lots of improvement since that game. He scored 23 points on 11-for-16 shooting and corralled nine rebounds to accompany four assists. Continue Reading…

In front of a sellout crowd of 20,562, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 127-94.

Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks came into the game with a better record than the Cavs, but it didn’t take long to see who the better team really was. The Cavs went on a 21-1 run in through the middle of the second quarter, which turned a 16-point lead into an insurmountable 35-point deficit.

Paul Millsap led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with seven boards, four helpers, a steal and a block. Sadly for Atlanta, only he and Al Horford seemed like they were ready for the game. Horford scored 12 points on 6-10 shooting in 19 minutes. In a surprising twist, Kyle Korver — who is one of the best shooters in the NBA — only had one shot attempt and added one assist. It’s strange to see a Korver stat line full of zeros.

Hawks were out of the game so early that coach Budenholzer decided to sit Korver for the entire second half. “Korver is fine, the game was out of reach so we wanted to try some other guys out there,” said Budenholzer after the game.

Cavs hit their first 11 3-pointers, including a fadeaway 3 at the end of the first quarter by rookie Joe Harris. “There isn’t much you can do when a guy is hitting shots like that at end of the quarter,” said Jeff Teague, who scored five points and tallied three assists. “We got discouraged out there when they started hitting those shots, we started putting our heads down and it just got worse.” Continue Reading…

Hawks took another brutal loss in what has been a tough preseason. The Pacers, led by 24 from Hawks playoff bugaboo David West, blasted the boys of the Highlight Factory 107-89.

Al Horford was the primarily guarded and was checked by West. Horford lost the battle shooting 6-14 for 12 points, while West was 9-for-16 with six of his 24 coming from the free throw line.

It wasn’t just West who balled out in the front court; Luis Scola came off the bench and poured in 20 points. Paul George also had 17 in limited action. One of the concerns coming into the season was how the Hawks would handle high scoring big men and tonight didn’t ease any of those concerns.

“It is a concern, but we are going to do the best that we can to finish the preseason and get to work in practice to get it together as best we can.” Horford said.

Of course, those concerns were compounded in the absence of Paul Millsap, who sat out due to a sore Achilles. However, the Hawks remain confident that once the season starts they will be in gear. Coach Budenholzer sees the 1-5 record as a short stumble for a long term benefit. Continue Reading…