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The Spurs used a 39-15 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to beat the Hawks 75-68 and advance to the Las Vegas Summer League championship against the Suns. Former first-round pick Kyle Anderson led San Antonio with 22 points and eight rebounds. Jonathan Simmons scored 19 points with eight rebounds for the Spurs, was a game-best plus-16 and had a massive dunk on Atlanta’s 7-3 center Edy Tavares.

The Hawks finish Summer League 4-3 after a surprising run to the semifinals. Atlanta struggled in Las Vegas with Lamar Patterson playing out of position at point guard and shooter Stephen Holt unable to create much offense for his teammates. The Hawks overacheived thanks to excellent team defense but ran into a team with a similar mindset in the Spurs. Patterson managed only two assists against San Antonio, which harassed him into five turnovers. Holt had zero assists and two turnovers.

After the Hawks locked down defensively in the first half and took a 39-27 lead, the Spurs turned the table in the second half, outscoring Atlanta 48-29. The Hawks were among the best teams in Las Vegas at limiting opponents’ field goal and 3-point percentages, but were limited to 32% from the field and 19% from three by the Spurs. Meanwhile the Spurs shot 41% from the field and 29% from 3-point range. Continue Reading…

Atlanta used a 21-13 second quarter to take a 46-39 halftime lead en route to a 91-83 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League Tournament in Las Vegas. Terran Petteway was 6-for-6 from the field for 13 points in the first half and hit his first eight shots en route to 19 points and six rebounds. The Hawks will face the Spurs at 6 PM ET tonight in the Summer League final four.

The Hawks shot 41% in the first half while limiting Dallas to 32% from the field and 5-for-18 (28%) from 3-point range. Atlanta got 21 points from their bench in the half compared to just 10 for Dallas. Glenn Robinson III led the Hawks with 23 points and two rebounds while Lamar Patterson was a game-best plus-18, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, five assists and just a single turnover.

Patterson had several nice assists in the third quarter. With 9:14 to play in the quarter, Patterson split a double team, hung in the air and dropped a pass off to Edy Tavares (six points, five rebounds) for a layup that put Atlanta in front 48-41. Then, with 2:21 remaining in the third, Patterson got a steal, drove to the basket and drew in the defender before dropping it off to Robinson III for a dunk that put Atlanta in front 64-57. Just before the close of the quarter, Patterson got a step on Jordan Crawford, got deep in the lane and set up Brandon Ashley for a layup that put the Hawks in front 68-59. Continue Reading…

Brandon Ashley had a 3-pointer, a tip in and a reverse layup during a decisive 9-0 run in the fourth quarter as the Hawks beat the Nuggets 82-73 in the second round of the NBA Summer League Tournament in Las Vegas. Ashley finished with a game-high 18 points, adding eight rebounds, and the Hawks will advance to face the Dallas Mavericks in the quarterfinals Saturday at 6 PM Eastern.

Lamar Patterson, who added a layup during the run, had 17 points with six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Stephen Holt also had 17 with two rebounds, two assists and three steals. Also in double figures for the Hawks were Terran Petteway (14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) and Mike Muscala (10 points, five rebounds).

Joffrey Lauvergne backed Muscala down in the lane and hit a short hook to draw the Nuggets within 69-66 with 6:48 to play in the fourth. Petteway responded with a jumper from the right elbow, but Lauvergne had two offensive rebounds during the following sequence, culminating in his dunk that brought the Nuggets within 71-68 with 5:45 to play. Continue Reading…

Mike Muscala led the Hawks with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as Atlanta beat the Miami Heat 75-64 to win the opening game of the tournament portion of Las Vegas Summer League. The Hawks (2-2) will face seventh pick Emmanuel Mudiay and the 3-0 Denver Nuggets at 8:30 PM EDT tonight as the single-elimination tournament continues.

The Hawks led 42-40 at halftime despite 13 turnovers to just seven for the Heat. Muscala had nine points and five rebounds in the half while Glenn Robinson III had nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal but committed three turnovers. He was 3-for-4 from the field and hit his only three pointer. Robinson III finished with 11 points and four rebounds and was a game-best plus-20.

Lamar Patterson added 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal with only two turnovers on an efficient 4-for-9 from the field. It was his third double-digit scoring game out of four games with the Hawks at Summer League. Tavares completed the double-digit scorers with 10 points, seven rebounds and another five blocks.  Continue Reading…

Glenn Robinson III hit one of two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to give the Atlanta Hawks a 71-70 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Lamar Patterson stole an Aaron Craft pass intended for James Michael McAdoo and found Robinson in transition, where he drew the foul that provided the winning free throw. LaDontae Henton’s potential game-winning three rimmed out at the buzzer.

With 1:14 to play, Craft hit one of two free throws to tie the score at 68-68. Dominique Sutton then stole Patterson’s pass to Muscala at the top of the circle, but couldn’t make the ensuing layup. Patterson collected the defensive rebound but was called for an offensive foul for swinging his elbows, although replays showed there was no contact with McAdoo. The referees reviewed the play to determine if there was a flagrant foul, but could not overturn the initial foul call.

On the subsequent play, Ognjen Kuzmić was fouled in the high post by Edy Tavares and hit both free throws to put Golden State in front 70-68 with 52 seconds remaining. Hawks point guard Stephen Holt then beat Craft off the dribble and made a left-handed runner in the lane to tie it at 70-70 with 42 seconds to play. At the other end, McAdoo got deep post position on Mike Muscala, who played straight up defense as McAdoo missed from close range. Patterson got the defensive rebound and was fouled, but missed both free throws at the other end, setting up Henton’s final miss. Continue Reading…

The Hawks got off to an inauspicious start at the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, falling to the Nuggets 86-71. Denver was led by Gary Harris, the 19th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, who scored 15 points and added four rebounds and three assists. The Nuggets also got 11 points, five rebounds and four assists from 2015 seventh pick Emmanuel Mudiay, who shot just 5-for-15 from the floor and missed all four 3-point attempts.

The Hawks were led by 2014 second round pick Lamar Patterson, a 6-5 guard/forward who scored a game-high 16 points with four rebounds and three assists. Patterson played last season for Tofas Bursa of the Turkish Basketball League and joins the Hawks for Summer League again, doubtless hoping to secure a camp invite. The other double-digit scorers for the Hawks were Brandon Ashley (15 points, five rebounds) and and Terran Petteway (11 points, two rebounds and two assists).

Ashley went undrafted after a junior season at Arizona during which he was named Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-12 Tournament. He bears some comparison to Austin Daye as a player with great length and a smooth shooting stroke who doesn’t make much of an impact on the defensive end. At 6-8 in shoes, Ashley is undersized for a stretch power forward until you consider his 7-3 wingspan. Continue Reading…

The Hawks’ season likely came to an end with about a minute remaining in the second quarter.

Yes, the game remained close throughout and even needed overtime to be decided. Yes, there is still at least one more game that needs to be played in this series. And yes, these Hawks have shown that — more often than not — they will fight when presented with adversity.

But when Al Horford was ejected for what the officials deemed as an elbow to the head of Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova, Game 3 was essentially over for Atlanta. The Hawks had their chances late, but nearly every mistake that the Hawks made can be linked to the absence of Horford. Jeff Teague was the only Hawk willing to shoot, Mike Scott was on the floor too much, and the Hawks being short the best body they had to box out Tristan Thompson all led to their 114-111 downfall against the Cavaliers.

“I did think he went at me but I should have handled it better,” Horford said on the season-changing play. “Shouldn’t have gotten caught up in that and it’s something I’ll definitely learn from.” Continue Reading…

Kyrie Irving was ruled out just before the start of Game 2 due to knee tendonitis. Not long afterwards, DeMarre Carroll was ruled a go to start Game 2 against the Cavs.

It didn’t matter.

Without Irving, LeBron James steamrolled through the Hawks’ defense, making the Hawks look helpless as the four-time MVP carved through Atlanta with his passing and scoring to lead Cleveland to a 94-82 victory. Without Irving and Kevin Love — who is absent from the series with a shoulder injury — James put the team on his healthy shoulders and delivered with 30 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists.

“I’ve got a good vocabulary, but I’m sort of running out of superlatives for that guy,” said Coach David Blatt on LeBron. “He’s just a great basketball player.”

James was particularly masterful at adjusting throughout the game, as his scoring early was soon replaced with precision passing as the Hawks’ defense collapsed around him. Eight of James’ first nine assists were on 3-pointers, as James expertly delivered the ball to the likes of Iman Shumpert, James Jones, and Matthew Dellavedova around the perimeter.

“I’m able to make adjustments through the game, just knowing how the defense read and react,” said James on the fluctuations in the way he attacked throughout the game. “Obviously, when you’ve got guys like [Shumpert], who shot the ball extremely well tonight, the defense start to go further and further way from the paint and I’m about to see creases. When they react to me, I’m going to find my guys.”

For the Hawks, the offense became an atrocity in the second half. Jeff Teague led the Hawks in Game 1 with 27 points, but he laid an egg in Game 2 when matched up against Dellavedova. Coach Blatt and the Cavs schemed well, as they went under screens to force the Atlanta guards into shooting jump shots that they are not comfortable with. Teague was 1-for-7 from the field in the second half and did not show the same effort in trying to get to the rim that he did in the first half of the game, nor in Game 1.

“At the end of the day, we went out there, and we didn’t have a lot of energy,” said Carroll. “I think that was the biggest thing.”

Despite his injury, Carroll led the team in minutes in Friday night with 34. Carroll was clearly hampered, however, as he had little to no lift when he attempted to jump. The most athleticism Carroll showed all night was on a run out in transition, where Teague was pushing the ball and Carroll was sprinting at his side, waiting for the drop off pass for an easy bucket. Continue Reading…

LeBron James dunked with 37 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to end a 13-1 run that drew the Atlanta Hawks within 91-87. Kent Bazemore’s layup with under a minute to play kept it close before James scored then combined with Iman Shumpert to ice the game at the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 97-89 at Phillips Arena to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

In worse news for the Hawks, DeMarre Carroll sprawled on the ground and writhed in agony after suffering what appeared to be a serious left knee injury with five minutes remaining in the fourth. Carroll had to be helped from the court as he was unable to put any weight on his left leg. His diagnosis will not be confirmed until he can get an MRI.

James finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal and JR Smith added 28 points (including 8-for-12 shooting from 3-point range), eight rebounds, three assists and a block. Cleveland seized control of the game with a 22-4 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Smith hit the second of consecutive 3-pointers with 2:30 to play in the third to put the Cavs in front 71-63, then opened the fourth with three more to put Cleveland ahead 85-67. He also assisted Tristan Thompson on an alley-oop during the run. Continue Reading…

For the fans, it seemed like this was going to end the most Atlanta-way possible.

Late in the fourth quarter with a four-point lead, all the Hawks had to do was get the ball inbounded and take the foul to go to the free throw line. The inbound pass found its way to Al Horford, the steady rock for the Hawks, the franchise cornerstone… but Horford panicked, causing a turnover.

The turnover led to two free throws for the Wizards and with with seven seconds left, the Hawks found themselves in the same spot: they just needed to get to the free throw line.

This time Horford held on to the ball and took the foul, and he headed to the free throw line. There, Horford missed the first, the ball bouncing off the rim four times before finally caroming out. Horford connected on the second free throw, putting the Hawks up three with seven seconds remaining.

And then Paul Pierce happened… or at least, so we thought. The Hawks’ defense on the Wizards was stifling for those seven seconds, forcing Pierce to take a heavily contested, fadeaway corner 3. Pierce, who has been a thorn for the Hawks ever since the 2008 first round series between the Hawks and Celtics, continued to torture the fans of Atlanta, sinking the improbable shot as the buzzer was sounding. Continue Reading…