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Happy Friday!

A new edition of This Week in the Hawks podcast has dropped. Today’s topics include:

  • The Hawks and Lamar Patterson parting ways
  • What the Hawks plan to do with the extra roster spot and who the Hawks might sign
  • Game recaps from the past week, including Atlanta’s huge win in Boston
  • Some stats from the last five days
  • A look ahead to next week’s fixtures, including Kyle Korver’s return to Atlanta

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The Atlanta Hawks kicked off their six game home stand with a 100-95 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. The Mavs — who were without Wesley (Wessy Wes) Matthews — were led by Harrison Barnes’ 25 points while Seth Curry added 21 points. For the Hawks, six players scored in double digits, led by Paul Millsap’s and Ersan Ilyasova’s 18 points each.

Paul “clutch” Millsap…again

The Hawks were very fortunate to be still within a shout of winning this game by the time crunch time arrived the late stages. They did a great job throwing away their 12 point lead and were just so sloppy in the fourth quarter and the Mavs took full advantage by swapping a six point deficit for a four point lead. Giving team a sliver of hope in fourth quarters — having led by double figures — has been a problem for the Hawks this season and so it was again on Wednesday night.

“We can’t allow games to get like that, especially when we have a big lead. It’s not a good thing. We did make it up but in the playoffs it’s not going to work. When you have a lead like that you have to punish teams. You can’t let them back in. Once you give teams hope, they can do anything. When you have a lead, you have to punish them.”

— Dwight Howard

The Hawks recovered, but two Seth Curry free throws put the Mavs up by one (95-94) with 55 seconds left in the game. Coach Bud takes a timeout, the next possession would be a crucial one if the Hawks were going to win this game. The play? Just give Paul Millsap the ball.

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The Atlanta Hawks increased their winning streak to six following their 97-82 triumph against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Saturday night. Harrison Barnes led the way for the Mavericks with 21 points while Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki both added 11 points each.

Taking care of business

The Hawks are now six games unbeaten, however, the counter-argument to that would be their last three wins have comes against teams below .500. And that’s a fair point, but the Hawks are still taking care of business as they should be.

“We did what we set out to do. We got three out of three. We are pleased with it. We are pleased with our play. We still can get better in some areas but we are happy with where we are now.” — Paul Millsap

The Mavs are probably the worst team out of the bunch that the Hawks have played of late, sat at the bottom of the Western Conference with an 11-26 record. The Mavs played the Hawks well for three quarters, recovering from a nine point deficit in the third quarter with a 9-0 run to tie the game, but a 10-0 Hawks run the fourth quarter left the Mavericks in a difficult position: a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of. The Hawks outscored the Mavs 31-23 in the final period, winning by 15 in the end.

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A new era of Atlanta Hawks basketball began on Saturday night in Dallas. The Kyle Korver-less Hawks took on the Dallas Mavericks in a battle of two teams constantly in the middle of trade rumors. After a mostly pac-and-forth affair, the Hawks made it six wins in a row as they outran the Mavericks in the fourth quarter 97-82.

Much like the North Texas weather, were icy cold from the field. The Hawks had trouble with Harrison Barnes and Devin Harris in the first half, but managed to keep it close during a strong Mavs run. When the starters were inserted back into the lineup near the end of the 2nd quarter, the Hawks gathered some steam and went into halftime with a solid lead.

At one point in the 2nd quarter, two straight Mavs possessions ended in Deron Williams backing down Dennis Schroder in the post. Dennis the Menace flopped both times, resulting in an embarrassing, laughing-at-himself no call, and then a charge on the second. Dennis must be preparing for the Golden Globes this weekend.

The Hawks exploded offensively in the fourth period as they relied on their leader, Paul Millsap. He attacked the Mavs relentlessly and scored ten points in the frame, six of them coming from the foul line.

Hack-a-Dwight returned halfway through the 4th quarter as Rick Carlisle searched for answers. However, Dwight was the victor from the line in this ball game. In total, he shot seven of nine from the charity stripe and four of six during the Hack-a-Dwight period. After failing to make up any serious ground, the Mavs essentially conceded the game by inserting in their reserves with about three minutes remaining, which led us to the 97-82 final score.

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In a game full of back-and-forth scoring, rough shooting and the return of ZAZILLA, the Hawks notched back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they made a late push to put away the Dallas Mavericks 98-95.

The Hawks were up by four points going into the fourth (biggest lead in the game being six), but found themselves in a shallow hole with a few minutes to go. Out of a timeout with 3:20 to play, Kyle Korver ran around a screen on the weak side and attracted the defender assigned to Al Horford, leaving Lil’ Tito free for a cutting dunk. After an ensuing 3-pointer by Dallas-area native Deron Williams, the Hawks found themselves down one with just over two and a half minutes remaining.

With 2:20 to play, a spot-up three by Kent Bazemore — thanks to a nifty assist from Jeff Teague — gave the Hawks the lead for good. I asked Bazemore after the game if he could tell me the name of NBA leader in spot-up 3-point percentage. He had no clue. The answer? Kent Bazemore himself, with a dandy 56.7% (entering tonight), courtesy of NBAsavant.com. Here’s Bazemore’s reaction to his clutch shot:

“[The shot] was good, even better pass from Jeff,” said Bazemore. “He got it there … feet set, let it fly!” Continue Reading…

At approximately 3:32PM, the Hawks were not scheduled to play a game on Wednesday night, according to this Shelvin Mack tweet.

Players later corroborated this story after the team did in fact play a game; Mike Scott was taking a nap and DeMarre Carroll was at the grocery store when the two were later alerted that the game was indeed on.

“They told me the game was off and I got my family and we went to the grocery store,” said Carroll, who finished with 13 points. “We thought we were going to get snowed in. Then I get a text message when I’m in aisle seven pushing the buggy and they tell me the game is on. I had to hurry up. There was a lot of chaos.”

The effect of the late notification showed early on in the game. The Hawks were sluggish out of the gate, shooting 40% in the first quarter while allowing the Mavericks to shoot 64% from the field. The arena suffered four game stoppages in the first period as well, three for clock issues and another when the roof of the arena appeared to be leaking onto the floor.

The short delay and a dunk from Kent Bazemore allowed the Hawks to regroup, as the team came out with a little more gusto to close the first quarter. By the end of the half, the Hawks — though still down by six points — were showing momentum and controlling the Mavericks on defense, even though Monta Ellis and J.J. Barea hit a couple of contested jumpers to keep Dallas ahead. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Mavs 118, Hawks 109

Bo Churney —  October 31, 2013

FINAL

DAL(1-0) 118 – 109 (0-1)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Ellis (DAL): 32 pts, 4 reb, 8 ast
J. Teague (ATL): 24 pts, 2 reb, 8 ast, 4 stls
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Going into the season, I would have thought the Hawks would have a harder time acclimating to the new offense than the new defense. Well, the offense looked fine, and the defense wasn’t bad… except for the Mavs nailing every jumper they could take. Noted Hawks killer Vince Carter was hitting circus shots, and Monta Ellis shot 9-for-13 on jumpers outside of the paint. The Hawks defense could still use some adjustments, but it wasn’t as bad as it looked.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: If Al’s going to be the leader of this team, he’s going to have to be more assertive offensively. He only took 12 shots on the night and on a couple of possessions, he passed up open jumpers. Defensively, he was a stud (five steals, four blocks), and most of the Hawks’ defensive problems weren’t related to his play. 6/10

Paul Millsap: If Josh Smith had the mind of Paul Millsap… anyways, Paul had a strong offensive showing (20 points), playing a strong brand of basketball in the paint. He had some trouble guarding Dirk Nowitzki, but then again, who doesn’t have problems doing that? 7.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre had 14 points on the night, mostly from cuts to the basket that resulted in either a bucket or a chance at the foul line. Carroll’s sudden and quick movements off the ball are going to be a huge asset for the Hawks this season, even if that brand of basketball results in some bruises. 7.5/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was money for the first two-and-a-half quarters, where he had 20 points, eight assists, and only three turnovers. After that, he was a disaster, committing three more turnovers and constantly getting lost in Dallas’s pick-and-rolls. (he finished with a team worst +/- of minus-24) Teague kept trying to be aggressive, but it just stopped working for him. He showed some promise in the first half on defending the pick-and-roll, but he has to be able to do that for a full game. 7/10

Kyle Korver: Korver didn’t extend his three-point streak until late in the game, but he finally got to 74 straight after hitting a three to make it 102-92 in the fourth. Dallas did a good job of containing Kyle off the ball, as he didn’t have too many good looks on shots. 4/10 Continue Reading…

Hawks Finish Preseason 1-6

Bo Churney —  October 24, 2013

The Hawks’ entire starting lineup (Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap, and Horford) sat out last night for the Hawks’ final preseason game against the Mavericks.

We should have expected a blowout against Dirk and company, right?

Dallas won 98-88, but the ATL reserves were able to keep it closer than one might expect. Dennis Schröder finally flashed some scoring ability and was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points. He did it in a multitude of ways, hitting catch-and-shoot jumpers, off the dribble jumpers, and finishing in the lane through traffic. He committed seven turnovers, but that’s not too surprising for a 20 year old making his first start. Defensively, he had two steals and four fouls, but he still disrupted Ellis and Calderon a lot. He’s gonna be tons of fun this year for the Hawks off the bench.

Mike Scott was flashing all of his offensive skills again, scoring 19 points and only committing one turnover. He even looked capable on defense at times, keeping Dirk in-check for some possessions. There were also some possessions where he didn’t keep his opponent in-check; it’s still a work in progress. Scott finishes the preseason with an average of 12 points in just 18.9 minutes per game. Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 41-41 (10th in West)z-mavericks

Playoff Results: N/A

Key Additions: Monta Ellis (free agent), Jose Calderon (free agent), Samuel Dalembert (free agent), Devin Harris (free agent), Shane Larkin (draft), Ricky Ledo (#25DollarsOfFaith)

Key Losses: O.J. Mayo (free agent), Elton Brand (free agent), Chris Kaman (free agent), Darren Collison (free agent)

Projected 2013-14 Record: 34-48 (12th in West)*

What to Expect: Mark Cuban’s courage is noble; his cigar blowing plane rides, late-night trophy showcasing endeavors, his championship urinal trips are imperial. His eccentricity is what sets him apart from other owners: you know who Mark Cuban is. His honesty – for good or bad – is refreshing. His confidence is unparalleled. The world was shocked when the Mavericks – behind a number of heroic playoff performances from a number of players – snatched the throne from the hands of King James.

But Mark Cuban – in the midst of his vibrant celebrations – was already planning his next move. He is a natural business, after all. He let free agents Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler – both major defensive components of the 2011 championship run – walk away for nothing. He signed a plethora of players to one year deals and began eyeing the 2013 summer. Continue Reading…