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The 2014-15 regular season is over.

Just last year, the Hawks were fighting until the end of the season to secure a playoff berth and sneak into the postseason as the 8-seed in the East.

How things have changed in 365 days. The Hawks — having already secured the 1-seed in the East with 60 wins — have been taking things lightly for a while now, prepping their stars for rest in hopes of a deep playoff run. That rest included Wednesday night’s game against the Bulls, even though all five regular Hawks starters played at least 20 minutes. But when the fourth quarter started and no Atlanta starter was to be found on the court, the message from the team was clear:

The Hawks have bigger battles to fight soon and a 91-85 loss to the Bulls at the end of the regular season will have very little meaning in May and June. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 97, Nuggets 92

Bo Churney —  March 16, 2014

FINAL

DEN(29-37) 92 – 97 (29-35)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 24 pts, 11 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl, 2 blk
K. Faried (DEN): 25 pts, 7 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

*ESPN’s 30 for 30 music plays* What if I told you that the Hawks were playing a game and had a big lead… then almost threw it away because of an awful third quarter. Wait, what’s that? You’ve heard this story before? Multiple times? Well then, you now know the script for how this one went down. Atlanta led 53-37 at halftime and even pulled away by as many as 21 early in the third quarter. However, the offense stopped working and the Nuggets were able to capitalize in transition and off of threes, pulling the game to just 77-71 by the end of the third. However, the Hawks were able to overcome Denver taking the lead for a few moments in the fourth to win the game, which was their third straight victory.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: An absolutely dominant overall stat line from Paul Millsap, though he could have been more efficient from the field. Millsap was 6-for-17 shooting, but he got to the free throw line 16 times, making 11 of those attempts. The 16 free throw attempts are the most by a Hawk in over three years, surpassed by Joe Johnson’s 17 attempts in a game against the Clippers in January 2011. 9/10

Jeff Teague: I usually harp on how awful Jeff’s defense is, so I will say this: he did a very good job against Ty Lawson. Lawson was 0-for-12 from the field, and while some of that was Lawson looking lethargic, a large part of it was Teague making things difficult for him. Teague also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists, and he also had the game clinching rebound after he missed a free throw late in the game. (he really needs to work on the late-game free throws thing) 9/10

Pero Antic: 41 seconds left and Pero did it again. With the shot clock winding down, Pero took an off-balanced shot from the corner that was more of a prayer than a confident stroke. Didn’t matter, the shot went down and gave the Hawks a 93-92 lead at the time. Pero also got a hand on that rebound that Jeff Teague came down with after the aforementioned missed free throw. Strong night from Pero, who had 16 points. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: Three Hawks players had double-doubles in this game: Millsap, Teague, and DeMarre Carroll, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Now, I’m generally not a fan of DeMarre taking 13 shots in a game, but part of that was a team failure as DeMarre was forced to put up a shot late in the shot clock on multiple occasions. 8.5/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle has made 14 of his last 16 three-point attempts, including a 4-for-4 effort against Denver. He’s currently up to a league-high 49% from three and is also the league-leader in true-shooting percentage. Simply put: Kyle is currently having one of the best shooting seasons of all time. 8.5/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Rockets 113, Hawks LOL

Bo Churney —  November 28, 2013

FINAL

HOU(11-5) 113 – 84 (8-8) ATL    

Key Performers:
A. Brooks (HOU): 21 pts, 2 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl
A. Horford (ATL): 14 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Rockets were without James Harden, and then Jeremy Lin after he left the game in the first quarter due to injury. Didn’t matter, as the Rockets routed the Hawks with a barrage of three-pointers. Aaron Brook and Francisco Garcia each scored 21 off of the bench, and Houston scored 36 points in the fourth quarter to close the game out. The Hawks may have been without Kyle Korver, Lou Williams, and Shelvin Mack, but losing by 29 to a Rockets team that was playing without Harden and Lin isn’t an ideal result. I guess this does help show how important Korver’s spacing is to this team. The Hawks have now lost three straight games.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al did his best on Dwight Howard, and the Rockets big man only had 11 points and eight rebounds. However, Horford didn’t do too much on the offensive end, scoring 14 points on 14 shots, many of which were wide open jumpers that he needs to be hitting at a better clip. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Not a good night for Teague. He was killed defensively, and his offense just wasn’t there. He was 0-for-5 from the field in the first quarter, and he didn’t take a shot after that point. He did have six assists and probably should have had a few more, but he definitely wasn’t able to attack the rim as effectively with Howard and Asik manning the paint for the Rockets. 5/10

Paul Millsap: Millsap was battling foul trouble for some of the night, but when he was in, he was doing his best to take advantage of Terrence Jones and Omri Casspi. Millsap had 16 points on just 10 shots and he was dominating on the block. He did have a few head-scratching turnovers in this game, but he was definitely the most effect Hawk on offense. 6.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: 2-for-8 from the field is not what you want from DeMarre. The Hawks have weirdly been running pick-and-rolls for DeMarre lately, and it’s effective sometimes… but a lot of times it is ending up with DeMarre taking weird looking floaters in the lane, which is really a shot I only want Jeff Teague or Lou Williams to take. 4/10

Cartier Martin: Starting in Kyle’s place, Cartier was actually effective in being the team’s go-to three-point shooter. Cartier scored 14 points, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc. Defensively, he was… you know what, everyone was awful defensively. Just assume that for each following player unless I note otherwise. 7/10 Continue Reading…