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RECAP: Hawks 97, Bobcats 83

Bo Churney —  March 18, 2014

FINAL

CHA(33-35) 83 – 97 (30-35)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 28 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk
K. Walker (CHA): 20 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I said before the game that the key to beating Charlotte was going to be hitting open three-pointers, which the Hawks did not do in the first quarter. Predictably, they were down by six points after one period as they opened the game shooting 4-for-13 from behind the arc. (4-for-12 in the first quarter, then they missed their first attempt in the second) However, the Hawks then hit six of their next nine from three-point land in a stretch over the second and third quarters, allowing Atlanta to take a decisive lead that they would not let go of. The team finished the game with 13 triples on 34 attempts (38.2%) from seven players as they moved four games ahead of the New York Knicks for the eight spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap was a man among boys on the night, scoring both inside and out with both power and grace. At one point between the second and third quarters, Millsap scored 13 points consecutive points for the Hawks. The big man ended with 28 points on 60% shooting in just 34 minutes, which is one of the more efficient offensive efforts that the Hawks have gotten from him in a while. 9/10

Jeff Teague: I thought that one of the Hawks’ biggest issues in the first half was Jeff Teague being passive and turning the ball over too much. (he had three turnovers at half) Jeff ended the game with just three turnovers. See why the Hawks did better on offense in the second half? Jeff didn’t do well shooting the ball, but he did have nine assists and was even active on the boards with six rebounds. 8/10

Pero Antic: Pero notched his second career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on the night. Antic was 3-for-7 from behind the arc, which just gives the Hawks a huge spacing advantage that very few teams can match. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: Only 1-for-5 from behind the arc from DeMarre, but we did see an increase in cutting action from him on offense, which is always a lot of fun to watch when plays are executed correctly. Outside of that, it was a relatively quiet night for the Junkyard Dog. 7.5/10

Kyle Korver: An off shooting night for Korver, but like DeMarre, he did a lot of little things to contribute. Only 10 points, for Kyle, but he had nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Good thing he’s actually more than just a shooter, right? 7.5/10 Continue Reading…

After the horrid stretch of losing 14 out of 15 games, the Hawks are on a three-game winning streak after defeating Utah, Milwaukee, and Denver.

Now here’s a real test to see what the team is made of; believe it or not, the Charlotte Bobcats and Toronto Raptors are playoff teams this season, with the Raptors actually being a legitimately good team.

The large losing stretch for the Hawks was largely scarred by the team’s injuries; Al Horford was already out for the season, but the additional injuries to Pero Antic, Paul Millsap, and Gustavo Ayon left the team scrambling to fill holes in the frontcourt. Now, with Antic and Millsap back in tow, the Hawks are looking like a much better team. But how good are they?

The Hawks have won 10 straight games against Charlotte, but this is a different Charlotte team from most years. Al Jefferson is a good number one offensive option, plus the Bobcats are a top 10 defense. For the Hawks to win this game, they are going to need an aggressive Jeff Teague, as a passive effort from the starting point guard will just play right into Charlotte’s strengths on defense. If Teague can attack, breakdown the defense, and kick to open three-point shooters (where Charlotte is allowing opponents to shoot 37.3%, bottom five in the league) then the Hawks will have a good chance to win. Continue Reading…

In this week’s recap, the Heat are on a losing streak!? Is this Miami slump just a bump in the road or is there more to it? The Hawks just knocked off the Rockets and despite missing Al Horford seem to be chugging along. Pero Antic is breaking out as a legitimate rotation player and we say goodbye to Cartier Martin. The Wizards can’t seem to get themselves over .500 and just got stomped by the Pacers. The Bobcats are entering a free fall, it might be the injuries but I think it’s effort. The Magic…they are awful.

Miami Heat, 1st, 27-10, 2nd in the East, 1-2 during weekMIA

After smacking around New Orleans and Toronto it looked like Miami was going to continue on their war path by putting a beat down on the dysfunctional and struggling Knicks. The game was on national TV and was the perfect stage for Miami to obliterate somebody. Then, as if it was a perfect storm, the Knicks played probably their best basketball for the entire season and had possibly a season changing win over the Heat. The next night on a back to back Miami traveled across New York over to Brooklyn to take on the also struggling Nets. The Heat lost that one in double overtime. The Heat had Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, and Dwyane Wade all resting and didn’t look incredibly concerned with winning. The game was bizarre in that we saw a rare moment where LeBron James lost his composure. After a foul on a fastbreak LeBron went nuts and tried to get in the face of the player who fouled him. I’ve never seen that before. I don’t think it means much in the grand scheme of the season but it was still a rare sight.

Atlanta Hawks, 2nd, 20-17, 3rd in the East, 2-1 during weekATL

The Hawks did exactly what we expected them to do after they lost Al Horford. They went on a losing streak and looked nothing like the above average team that could compete with anybody in the league on any given night. Then they had a HUGE victory over the number one team in the East, the Indiana Pacers. Two days later Dwight Howard and Houston came to town and the Rockets couldn’t establish anything. The Hawks delivered Dwight Howard his sixth straight loss in Philips Arena and the Hawks were back to playing at their old level of play. Had the Hawks beaten the Pacers on a random night, I would have put that towards a fluke, but beating the Rockets the way they did means the Hawks may have found a way to sustain without Horford. The team is better with Horford, but players are stepping up without him, more specifically Pero Antic is. Early in the season I wasn’t sure if Antic was an NBA player, let alone a rotation player. He has shown through this Horford-less stretch that he has the ability to definitely be a eighth or ninth man rotation player in this league. We also say goodbye to Cartier Martin this week. Martin was waived from the team before his contract became guaranteed, while slightly surprising, this wasn’t entirely shocking. Continue Reading…

Division recap’s back. Tell a friend.

2013 came and went and as we start 2014 the SouthEast division is currently… exactly how we left it. That said, while the teams may be the same (oh god, are the Magic the same) there is definitely a difference between where they were last season and where they are this season. Unlike past installations of the division recap, instead of going over the last week, this will go over how the season has gone for the teams so far.

Miami Heat, 1st, 26-8, 2nd in the EastMIA

Right where we left them, the defending champs are powering through yet another regular season for them. Like past repeat champions. the Heat look bored with the regular season. Unlike past regular season champions, the Heat don’t look as flawed as we’ve seen bored teams in the past. They still absolutely obliterate teams as need be, but there is an issue with them flipping the switch and losing games they shouldn’t: the Kings loss should have never happened. Miami is ranked 2nd in the East behind the Pacers, but have beaten the Pacers in one of their two regular season matchups so far. The Heat look like the best team in the NBA once again.

Atlanta Hawks, 2nd, 18-16, 3rd in the EastATL

If I had told you that the Hawks were going to be second in the Southeast division by the end of December you would have believed me. Had I told you that Al Horford was going to get injured for the season before the end of December you would have yelled at me for wishing that on the Hawks. Had I told you that the Hawks were going to be third in the East despite all of these things, you would have laughed at me. Now it’s January and all that stuff happened. The Hawks ball movement is better and Paul Millsap is a more than qualified replacement for Josh Smith, making up the loss of defense with his ever expanding arsenal on offense. Millsap can shoot 3’s, Teague is playing at an all star level, and Kyle Korver had over 100 straight games with at least one 3 pointer. It’s a real shame Horford is hurt, because I was excited to see what they could bring towards the end of the season. Now I don’t know if the Hawks will even finish this high in the division, let alone the conference. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 118, Bobcats 116

Bo Churney —  December 29, 2013

FINAL

CHA(14-16) 116 – 118 (17-13) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 33 pts, 13 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
A. Jefferson (CHA): 24 pts, 23 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

In their first game without Horford, it looked like the Hawks were going to fall short. The offense was starting to go no where and the defense was easily allowing buckets at the rim.

But then things got going late in the third quarter. The Hawks took a couple of three-pointers from Teague and Lou Williams to keep things close after the third, then relied on the same three-point antics in the fourth quarter. Speaking of antics…

Pero Antic hit a game-tying, one-legged three to send the game into overtime, which was the Hawks’ third consecutive game with extra periods. In the OT, the Hawks got 10 points from Lou Williams, all at the foul line, to close the deal.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Millsap was an absolutely monster on the night, scoring 33 points — 12 of which came off of appearances at the foul line — and grabbing 13 rebounds. Millsap did a lot of his damage against his former teammate Al Jefferson, as the two were engaged in battle for the entirety of the game. Jefferson did have the 20-20 game to his credit, but Millsap and co. got the victory. 9.5/10

Jeff Teague: Usually a 20 points, nine assist efforts sticks out at you; not really from the Jeff Teague game. He was quietly efficient, distributed the ball well, and he hit a couple of key shots in the second half to keep the Hawks within striking distance. He played well, just seemed really under the radar the whole time. 9/10

Elton Brand: Elton got the start tonight with Horford’s injury, but I don’t know who much we can expect that in the future. He didn’t do a bad job and was effective on Jefferson when he was in, but he also fouled a lot, which was a limit on his playing time. By the end of the game, the Hawks had gone small and were playing Millsap defensively at center. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Not much of a night from DeMarre, but his presence was valuable. He only played 20 minutes, but at least it left the Hawks with a serviceable wing rotation. Like Elton, DeMarre found himself out of the rotation by the end of the game in favor of a smaller lineup. 4.5/10

Kyle Korver: Prop to Anthony Tolliver, who is on the Bobcats now, for keeping Korver under lock-and-key for the majority of the game. Korver was still able to get up a couple of threes and extend his streak to 99 games, but Tolliver forced him into a 3-for-11 shooting night and really defended Korver about as well as anyone I’ve seen since Kyle joined the Hawks last season. 7/10 Continue Reading…

Dennis Schröder wasn’t haven’t a good night. He was putting up a lot of awkward jumpers, making some silly turnovers, and was sometimes being schooled by veteran Ramon Sessions. However, Dennis put all of that behind him to hit the game-winning layup with 2.1 seconds left in the game, thwarting what had been a furious comeback attempt by Charlotte.

Schröder’s woes were reflected with a 4-for-15 shooting night and five turnovers in 27 minutes. However, the young German did manage to rack up seven assists on the night, five of which went to Mike Scott, who continued his great stretch of basketball by scoring 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He and Jeff Teague were largely responsible for the Hawks’ hot shooting first quarter (33 points on 12-for-21 shooting), where the two combined for 13 points on 6-for-8 from the field. Teague’s night dropped off from there, however, as his disjointed playing time after the first led to him only scoring one bucket in his next five attempts.

Two other Hawks joined Scott in double figures. Kyle Korver found his stroke, scoring 14 points by connecting on three 3-pointers and sinking five free throws. DeMarre Carroll also displayed some shooting touch, hitting both of his attempts from behind the arc and using some great cuts to the basket to get some looks near the rim. All of Carroll’s 12 points came in the first three quarters, where the Hawks were then holding a 72-66 lead. Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 21-61 (14th in East)z-bobcats

Playoff Result: N/A

Key Additions: Al Jefferson (free Agent), Cody Zeller (draft),

Key Losses: Byron Mullens (free agent), Desagna Diop (free agent), Tyrus Thomas (amnesty), which were all good things for Charlotte

Projected 2013-14 Record: 28-54 (12th in East)*

What to expect: The Bobcats are a weird team this season because you aren’t exactly sure what to expect from them. Most out there will say you can expect a lot of losses and bottom 3 in the NBA again and that could very well be the case once again. However, what if Cody Zeller is a great rookie? What if Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all make the gigantic jumps that some are expecting them to make? They could very well jump all the way up to 30-34 wins. Is it possible? Sure. Is it likely? Not so much.

I feel the 28 win prediction mark is the perfect over-under for this team because it can go either way and it solely depends on the team’s young guys. If their young players they’ve been building around make that jump we’ll see over 28 wins. If none of them make a jump, or worse, some of the young players regress, then the kitties could find themselves plummeting all the way down (up?) to the most ping pong balls. Continue Reading…

Another season comes to a close. I’d like to say this division was a thrilling race the entire season, but no, we can’t have nice things when the Magic and Bobcats are in a division. To end the season we have the Heat’s dominance, the Hawks injuries, what could have been with the Wizards, the Bobcats “fail?” at tanking, and the Magic’s success of tanking.

 

Miami Heat, 1st, 66-16, 3-0 for the week, 1st seed in the EastMIA

What a season for the Heat. The Heat came off their title season with no sight of a championship hangover, as they dominated everybody the entire season. The scary part was how the entire season the Heat have never once looked like they were giving 100% effort. There wasn’t a single game that I can think of where I said, “Yeah, they really gave a full effort out there.” Constantly, they were playing with a relaxed attitude and they were STILL blowing everybody away. I think the perfect three stats to show the Heat’s dominance this season is that they shot 55% eFG%, 58% TS%, and they had a net rating of plus-9.9. I’ll be shocked if the Heat don’t end this season with another championship.

 

Atlanta Hawks, 2nd, 44-38, 0-2 for the week, 6th seed in the EastATL

The Hawks started off the season playing better than most people expected. They were third in the East and looked like they might be able to make a little bit of noise in the Eastern Conference. Then the injuries started; the Hawks haven’t been fully healthy since the first two months of the season and that has largely weighed down on the team. The biggest losses of the season were definitely Lou Williams and Zaza Pachulia. Pachulia and Williams were such huge parts of the eight-man rotation and without them I don’t see how the Hawks can possibly get past the first round. Continue Reading…

Welcome to our new segment here at HawksHoop. These weekly posts will be looking into the Southeastern Division and go over each team’s record, position in the standings, record for the week, and anything special about them from the week.

 

MIAMiami Heat, 1st, 54-14, 4-0 this week
The Miami Heat are the best looking team in basketball right now as they end the week with a win against the Detroit Pistons to extend their win streak to 25 games (second longest in NBA history). The Heat look unstoppable right now and I’m not sure if anybody has the ability to beat them.

 

ATLAtlanta Hawks, 2nd, 38-31, 2-2 this week
The Atlanta Hawks are currently sitting 2nd in the division that the Heat have ran away with. They’ve had a fairly successful season as far as expectations go, but injuries have derailed what could have been a better season. The Hawks continue to miss Zaza Pachulia and Lou Williams, as their two losses on the week (Dallas and Portland) showed their bench and defensive weaknesses that have formed with those players being sidelined.

  Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 104, Bobcats 92

Bo Churney —  January 24, 2013

FINAL

CHA (10-32) 92 – 104 (24-18)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 30 pts, 13 reb, 8 ast, 3 blk
R. Sessions (CHA): 27 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

No Horford, Zaza, or Devin Harris? No problem for the Hawks against the Bobcats. With Charlotte lacking a competent frontcourt, Josh went to town, posting a near monster triple-double, earning him ESPN’s top player performance of the night. Despite some turnover issues, the Hawks got a lot of open looks, sinking 12 three-pointers and racking up 31 assists. Even though Charlotte is pretty terrible, the Hawks can take a lot from this game in that they won handily without several key players. Hopefully those players missing this game can mean they can come out at full strength against Boston on Friday.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: This was one of Josh’s best games of the season, as you can see from his statline above. He did have seven turnovers, but quite a few of those were team mistakes/mis-communications. He took a lot of jumper (nine of them to be exact), but 16 shots in the paint with Smoove showing extreme patience on a lot of post ups? Sign me up! 10/10

Ivan Johnson: Ivan got his first career start in this game, and he didn’t disappoint. He had ten rebounds by halftime, and finished with a strong double-double of 12 and 15. Among his highlights from his first start: he took three charges and had an amazing block on Bismack Biyombo. 8/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Maybe DeShawn should have sat this one out… his jumper was off badly, and he drove into the lane one time in the 2nd quarter only to have the life swatted out of him by Biyombo. (I love saying that name… Biyombo!) 2/10

Kyle Korver: The Bobcats had this strategy of leaving Kyle Korver open; it wasn’t very effective. Kyle had 21 points on only 11 shots, including a 5-6 performance from behind the arc. The Hawks just kept setting up screens and pindowns for him, and he wasn’t missing. 9/10

Jeff Teague: When Jeff wasn’t letting Sessions blow by him, he was relatively quiet. On the offensive end, this didn’t hurt, because a lot of possessions were Smoove post ups that either turned into Josh shooting, or into a flurry of ball movement that resulted in him not getting direct assists. 6/10 Continue Reading…