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The Hawks took their talents to Detroit on Friday night to face the red-hot Pistons, who had won seven straight since releasing the enigmatic Josh Smith. Despite a late rally from Detroit, the Hawks were able to withstand by a score of 106-103, ending the Pistons’ win streak and pushing the Hawks’ win streak to seven.
Atlanta was firing on all cylinders in the first half, leading by as many as 23, shooting 56%, and hitting eight 3-pointers. Paul Millsap led the way with 12 points in the half, but the scoring was done by one of the most balanced ATL efforts that we have seen all season; of the 10 Hawks that played in the first half, eight of them scored at least five points.
Former Hawk Anthony Tolliver is what really kept Detroit alive in the first half. Tolliver scored 10 points in the half, all of which came in the latter portion of the second quarter. Without Tolliver, it is likely that the Pistons could have been down by a lot more, as Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined to shoot 3-for-18 in the first half.
The Pistons started to claw their way back in the third quarter, scoring 30 points in the quarter. Kyle Singler and Brandon Jennings started to get hot from the field and the two combined to score 19 of Detroit’s 30 in the third. While the Hawks still managed to scored 26 points in the period, you could see Detroit’s defense start to clamp down and slow down the Hawks’ ball movement. Al Horford scored 11 in the quarter, but it came on 10 shot attempts. Continue Reading…
After taking crippling losses to the Cavaliers and Lakers in the past week, the Hawks finally got back on the right track with a 99-89 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Jeff Teague was magnificent, particularly in the second half. Teague scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half and absolutely dominated Brandon Jennings and DJ Augustin on both ends of the floor. “His defense on the other end of the court [was good],” said head coach Mike Budenholzer on his starting point guard. “A lot of people talk about his points and his offense, but I thought his defense was very good on the ball. They run a ton of pick-and-rolls. I’m really please with Jeff’s effort, particularly on the defensive end of the court.”
In addition to the 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting, Teague also recorded four rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. It seems that Teague always gives extra effort against Brandon Jennings and the result was one of the best games of Teague’s career.
Although the Hawks had control for most of the game, they did run into some trouble at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth. The Piston completely wiped out a 19-point Atlanta lead to tie the game at 74 with eight minutes left. The Hawks then used a group effort to drive back into the lead, as each starter scored in the final eight minutes to get the lead back into double digits. Continue Reading…
G. Monroe (DET): 22 pts, 15 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
P. Millsap (ATL): 23 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast
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Both the Hawks and Pistons came into Friday night struggling to find themselves. Atlanta, battling through a myriad of injuries, had lost seven straight games heading into the Palace of Auburn Hills. While Detroit, under interim head coach John Loyer, had a three game losing streak of their own after winning their first game without summer hire Maurice Cheeks.
Something had to give, and it looked like it would be the Hawks’ streak in the first half. Powered behind an eight minute stretch where they team hit all thirteen shots they attempted, Atlanta pushed to an 11 point lead at halftime. Unfortunately for all the strengths the team showed through two quarters, it all fell apart in the third. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe ate up all the potential rebounds on their offensive glass, and Detroit had a 34 point third quarter. While Atlanta, who went into halftime shooting almost 60 percent, went 11-36 from the field in the second half. By the time Kyle Singler hit his second corner three in the last two minutes, it was over. And the Hawks losing streak was extended to eight.
Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:
Paul Millsap: Millsap had a great game tonight in spite of the team falling short in the end. 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists is nothing to sneeze at, especially when he hit three out of his four shots from deep and found his way to the line enough times to gather 8 free throw attempts. He did what he could to put the team in good position to get the win. 7/10
DeMarre Carroll: Carroll’s impact on the game was small compared to his fellow starters, and it wasn’t special in anyway either. He was 2-7 from the field, was non-existent on the glass — in a game where he guards Josh Smith, that’s a priority — and didn’t wreak any havoc defensively. 3/10
Kyle Korver: It wasn’t the best shooting night Korver has had this season, but it was also one of his better nights outside of scoring the basketball. He found a way to get three steals in the first quarter, supplied four assists, and helped clean the glass with 7 rebounds. He wasn’t a protruding positive with his play, but did all the little things to avoid being a minus. 5/10
Elton Brand: Brand did his best against an ultra big Pistons squad. He hustled, grabbed almost half of Atlanta’s offensive rebounds, and tried to defend well. Drummond and Monroe just weren’t having any of it. Despite two blocks from Elton, the Detroit duo went 20-28 from the field. That’s an issue. Brand might not have been the problem, but he didn’t look like the solution either. 4/10
Shelvin Mack: Mack’s statline is a lot prettier than his actual impact on this game. He scored the ball well on Brandon Jennings, which isn’t a surprise. His 21 points were actually a career high. However, as a facilitator, he was bland. Korver and Carroll combined for 5 turnovers, and both players are the kinds of guys you don’t want to see the ball in their hands outside of shooting the basketball. Shelvin scored well, but didn’t command the offense in a confident manner and that held weight in this contest. He also came away with a few turnover though, and had some really nice hustling rebounds in a spot start for Teague. 7/10 Continue Reading…
D. Carroll (ATL): 11 pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
B. Jennings (DET): 21 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast
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This isn’t the place to talk about Josh Smith’s return to Atlanta; you can see that here.
The Hawks used a 50-39 second half score to beat the Pistons in the first of their four matchups this season. Despite the victory, the Hawks had a lot of holes, turning the ball over 21 times and allowing the Pistons to get 15 offensive rebounds. The Hawks did control the paint on the offensive end, however, by getting to the free throw line 24 times. In true Hawk fashion, they only made 70% of those free throws.
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Al Horford: Odd game from Horford in this one. He only took seven shots, but the Hawks were able to use his masterful defensive performance to carry them over the top. Horford had five blocked shots on the night, and he was a menace for Detroit’s pick-and-roll attack. That being said, I’d still prefer him to be taking more than seven shots in a game. 7.5/10
Jeff Teague: Five turnovers from Teague, but that was a team issue tonight more than it was a Jeff issue. Otherwise, Teague was great at running the offense, finishing the game with 18 points and seven assists. Defensively, he was a bit of a mess tonight, as he let Brandon Jennings get away from him way too often. 6/10
Paul Millsap: Good to see Paul back in the starting lineup after sitting out the Miami game. Millsap did well, scoring 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting. That was about it, as he only played 28 minutes on the night. 7/10
DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre might have been the best player on the floor for the Hawks in last night’s game. He did very well at limiting Josh Smith’s opportunities in the paint, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, and even added 11 points, three assists, two blocks, and two steals. Great job by DeMarre to fill up the stat sheet. 9/10
Kyle Korver: Speaking of stat sheets, the way Kyle is filling up the box score so far this season is pretty impressive. On the season, Kyle is averaging over 12 points, four rebounds, almost three assists, and a steal and a block. Oh, and he’s shooting over 50% on threes and has a three-point streak of 85 games. 6/10 Continue Reading…
Well, if you’re wondering why the Hawks haven’t signed Jeff Teague yet and are looking at Monta Ellis (ew) and Brandon Jennings (super ew), here you go.
According to Grantland’s Zach Lowe, Teague is “almost unwanted in Atlanta, sources say.”
I’m just going to come out and say it… WHY?!?
I get that Jeff can be a bit of an enigma, but when the possible replacements are Ellis and Jennings at a higher salary… you’re just going to have to deal with that.
Jennings’ career FG% is 39.5% and Ellis shot worse on threes last season than Josh Smith, and both of these guys are shoot first players. Considering that neither of them play defense, I don’t see how either of them would be a better option that Teague.
If the Hawks were tanking, I wouldn’t have an issue with this. However, with Horford, Millsap, Korver, and Lou Williams in tow, this isn’t exactly a roster that’s going to lose 60 games. The Hawks also have an extremely flexible payroll, something that quite be the same if they signed Brandon or Monta to a $10+ million contract.
Hopefully these reports about Atlanta’s interest in these two players is just the posturing of agents, and not actually real possibilities.
A. Horford (ATL): 23 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
E. Ilyasova (MIL): 19 pts, 9 reb, 2 stl
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The Hawks were down 100-93 with about three minutes remaining when Larry Drew took a timeout. After another failed possession, the Hawks were able to take advantage of an Ersan Ilyasova miss, and got a three from Devin Harris after Jeff Teague pulled off an absolutely amazing wrap-around pass. Another great defensive possession turned into a Josh Smith three (!!!), and the Hawks were only down one. Al Horford the closed the game, getting a dunk off the Josh Smith-Al Horford hi-low, and then scoring with five seconds left on a fake hand-off play.
The Hawks shot 14-28 from behind the arc, which made up for the huge disparity in FG% and rebounding that favored the Bucks. This was their eighth straight game with 25 or more assists, including three games over that span with 30 or more. The victory improves the Hawks to .500 (13-13) on the road.
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Josh Smith: Josh Smith hitting a clutch three when he was 5-18 from the field before that is the most Josh Smith thing ever. Obviously, he took some questionable shots, but he missed a lot of shots around the rim (seven shots within five feet, to be exact) that he usually converts at a higher rate. He was good defensively tonight, and probably could have had even more rebounds if he boxed out on a couple more plays. 6/10
Al Horford: He took an elbow from Monta Ellis late in the game, but that didn’t stop Al from hitting the game winning bucket. Al is averaging almost 20 points and 10 rebounds on 65% shooting over his last 10 games. This is probably the longest stretch of the year where he has looked completely comfortable with his shot, and he is even doing some good work in the post. Of course, Larry Drew is also continuing to run great plays to get Al the best looks, of which Al is capitalizing on. 9/10
Zaza Pachulia: Guess who holds the Hawks record for most offensive rebounds in a quarter? Yep, it’s Zaza now. He had seven of them in the 2nd quarter, which was instrumental in helping the Hawks erase a nine-point deficit from the first quarter. Sam Dalembert just couldn’t handle Zaza on the boards, resulting in the two getting in a couple of heated scuffles. It never amounted to much, but you can always count on Zaza to get under the other team’s skin. 7/10
Jeff Teague: This was Jeff’s ninth 20 point game in the last 16 games, a stretch where he is truly showing his improvement from last season. Not only does he appear more comfortable at finishing in traffic, but his passing game is showing that he really is one of the better point guards in the league. (he’s 10th in assists, people) And even now, I still don’t understand how he pulled off that wrap-around pass late in the game. 9/10
Devin Harris: Devin didn’t disappoint playing in his hometown. He had 21 points, and you could tell he was giving it his all when he dove into the stands to save a ball from going out of bounds. He really wanted to win this game and it showed. 8/10 Continue Reading…
As the 2013 NBA trade deadline came to a close, the prize piece stayed put, when general manager Danny Ferry decided the best option for the Atlanta Hawks organization was to hold onto forward Josh Smith.
On Thursday, Smith said Atlanta will be on his list of teams he considers when he becomes a free agent. However, all politics is local. The Atlanta native does not want to irritate the home fans, but a person familiar with Smith’s plans told USA TODAY Sports that it is “highly unlikely” that Smith re-signs with Atlanta. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the private nature of the negotiations.
This statement presents the question: what, if anything, can the Hawks do this summer to keep Smith? Continue Reading…