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As you read this article, understand that this is coming from a contributor that covered the Brooklyn Nets for the last two seasons for the TrueHoop Network…

The Atlanta Hawks at this point…STINK! Unapologetically, literally and figuratively.

The Hawks at this point are moonwalking their way into the playoffs and are in danger of dropping to the sixth spot, being passed by the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Atlanta Hawks lost to the lowly Brooklyn Nets 107-92 at home marking their season high seven game losing streak. The Hawks were without three starters which included Paul Millsap, who the Hawks desperately need in the playoffs. No check that, the Hawks may need him to win a game at this point. For a more politically correct recap of this game, please check out Graham Chapple’s follow up on It will be informative, but he is very polite in describing Atlanta’s play.

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Three lessons

Lesson Number One: How do the Atlanta Hawks get beat down by these guys?

The Brooklyn Nets are the worst team in the NBA. Period. Point blank. The fact that they beat the New York Knicks twice in a week brings the franchise a sense of joy of accomplishment this year. Trust me. The Nets started the season at rock bottom (Surprise! They’re still there!) and have struggled at every aspect including holding any leads. That issue is exacerbated on the road. They almost blew it again with the Hawks cutting a 22 point lead to five in the second half…

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Paul Millsap scored his 10,000th career point and finished with 21 points, six rebounds, three assist as Atlanta defeated the Brooklyn Nets 114-86.  Dennis Schroder recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 assist leading the bench that outscored Brooklyn’s 53-31. Thaddeus Young was Brooklyn’s leading scorer with 18 points shooting 8-12 from the field. On the second game of a back to back it is important to spread out minutes and Coach Budenholzer was able to do so in a winning effort.

“Good effort by our group. I think a lot of guys played well. The bench was really good for us, said Coach Budenholzer. The first half was a little bit back and forth. We got some cushion. They threw a punch to start the third quarter. It was good to see us take that and extend the lead. A lot of different guys played well. A little different combinations tonight, so it was good to see different guys in a little bit different situations play well”

Atlanta shot the ball well in the first half, shooting 50% in the first quarter and 60% in the second quarter. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 10 points apiece, while Georgia Tech’s Thaddeus Young led Brooklyn with 14 followed by Wayne Ellington with nine. Once Thabo Sefolosha, Dennis Schroder and the rest of the bench were inserted into the game late in the first quarter and to start the second, the defense picked up and the Hawks were able to pull away to a 44-32 lead with 7:12 remaining in the 2nd quarter. However, a couple fouls by Atlanta, threes from Joe Johnson and Brooklyn were able to cut the lead to just seven as the half ended. Continue Reading…

The Hawks started hot and staved off another Nets comeback in Game 5 at Philips Arena on Wednesday night. Coach Budenholzer implied in the time leading up to the game that the players were raring to go, and they showed it. Atlanta led 33-16 after one quarter, but the Nets pulled within two with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter before the Hawks put together a 10-2 run to close out the game and take a 3-2 lead in the series. Jeff Teague had a hand in eight of the Hawks’ final ten points, assisting on an Al Horford jumper and scoring six straight to put the Nets away.

DeMarre Carroll led all players in scoring with 24 in a game that saw each of Atlanta’s starters play at least 34 minutes and virtually all of the fourth quarter. “Coach came to us each individually and told us we were probably going to pick up some more minutes,” Carroll said after the game. The shortened rotation is something that Budenholzer will use going forward, as most coaches do in the playoffs. Mike Scott has fallen out of favor recently and played just over two minutes in this game as Budenholzer opted for a three-man rotation at the power forward and center positions. Pero Antic played almost 18 minutes and provided some much needed defense and rebounding against Brook Lopez. Continue Reading…

In Mike Budenholzer’s first year as Hawks coach, he installed an offense based on passing, tempo, and spacing, very similar to the one he ran as the head assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. A lot was expected of this system, as Budenholzer had been Gregg Popovich’s right hand man for over a decade.

A catastrophe of injuries derailed what was expected to be a successful offensive display. Al Horford missed 53 games. His primary backup, Pero Antic, missed 21 games after Horford’s pectoral tear. Antic’s backup, Gustavo Ayon, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury not long after Antic’s injury. The most important sharpshooter in the league, Kyle Korver, missed 11 games, over which the Hawks amassed a record of one win and ten losses. DeMarre Carroll, the team’s most important defender on the wing, missed nine games after Horford’s injury, of which the Hawks lost eight.

If all of that was not bad enough, Paul Millsap — an All-Star of the 2013-14 season — also missed some time. Millsap’s absence was amplified by occurring during the stretch where Horford, Antic, and Ayon were also out. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 109, Nets 95

Bo Churney —  January 17, 2013


BKN.gif (23-16) 95 – 109 (22-16)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 28 pts, 4 reb, 11 ast
B. Lopez (BKN): 22 pts, 9 reb, 1 blk

Sorry for the late post. (I confounded AM with PM on the auto-post feature) Anyways, the Hawks took up the challenge of Joe Johnson returning to the A and of Josh Smith being suspended. The Hawks keyed on Joe early, trapping him aggressively and forcing the Nets into tough, late on the shot clock jumpers. The Hawks were the most committed I’ve seen them to running up the floor, and both Devin and Al said in postgame that running was an emphasis and that it’s a fun way to play. (it’s weird, they literally both provided almost the exact quote on that) Also, and I can’t stress this enough, but ZAZA ALMOST HAD A TRIPLE-DOUBLE!

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Al Horford: Al was quick out on the break a couple of times, but for the most part, he stuck to getting the ball to his guards and to getting in proper rebounding position on both ends of the floor. The result? Seven defensive boards, six offensive ones, and a couple of easy putbacks on the glass because of it. He did have a couple of crowd-raising dunks, but he also got crossed badly once by Deron Williams… 9/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle hit four two-pointers in this game (which might be a career-high), mostly off of curl plays that got him easy shots from about 15-18 feet away. On the defensive end, he was able to help harass Joe, and was even able to aptly defend Joe in one-on-one situations. He was a big part of Joe’s bad shooting night. 8/10

Devin Harris: Some people might have forgotten, but Devin was also playing against a former team as well. (he played for the Nets from 2009-2011) Devin was probably more committed to running in transition than anybody, and it looked like that mentality rubbed off on Jeff. He finished with a strong line of 18-4-5, with four steals as well. 8/10

Jeff Teague: This might have been the best game of Jeff’s career. 28 points on 12-18 shooting, 11 assists, and only two turnovers. You could tell JT had this game circled, as he had an emphatic block on Joe (which didn’t count due to a Lou-Will foul), which then led Teague to stare-down Joe for quite an extended period of time. Maybe he was just getting a couple of years of built-up frustrations out… 10/10

Zaza Pachulia: In case you missed it in my opening paragraph, ZAZA ALMOST HAD A TRIPLE-DOUBLE! He had a career-high eight assists (to go with 13 points and 11 rebounds), and was clearly working hard in this one. After the game, he joked that he would have gotten the trip-dub if guys had made shots. (hey, we only shot 58%) We also learned that Zaza has had a triple-double before… in the Georgian-leagues. 9/10 Continue Reading…