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The Hawks got back to winning ways on Wednesday night with a 117-106 victory against the Denver Nuggets at Philips Arena. In the absence of Emmanuel Mudiay and Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 24 points while Nikola Jokić added 18 points and 15 rebounds. For the Hawks, they were led by Paul Millsap’s 23 points while Dennis Schröder added a double-double of his own, 24 points and 10 assists.

Finishing the right way

The Hawks had built a 20 point lead over the Nuggets in the third quarter but the Nuggets would comeback and make things a little interesting for the Hawks. Their fourth quarter high 12 point lead had been whittled down to just four points (105-109) with 2:56 remaining in the game and in possession of the ball. Gary Harris missed a three-pointer that would’ve cut the lead down to just one point and that’s when Paul Millsap took matters into his own (“f***ing amazing”) hands scoring on the following trip plus the foul.

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The Atlanta Hawks reeled off their fourth straight victory with a 116-98 home triumph over the Denver Nuggets. The victory secured (because it really matters, apparently) the season sweep of the Nuggets, who were minus Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried last night.

The Nuggets were led by D.J. Augustin’s 17 points off the bench, and Joffrey Lauvergne’s 16 points. Meanwhile for the Hawks, Paul Millsap notched his second consecutive double-double — 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Tim Hardaway Jr.’s first start

To the surprise of nearly everyone, Kent Bazemore was ruled out of last night’s game with a knee injury. This certainly came as a shock, since any sort of injury didn’t seem apparent during the Pistons game just the night before — nor were there any comments post game suggesting any sort of injury.

In Bazemore’s place, Tim Hardaway Jr. was given the starting nod and he slotted into the shooting guard role while Kyle Korver shifted to small forward. It’s the kind of opportunity that THJ has waited for all season long and he did not disappoint. He produced a game high 21 points (on 6-of-11 shooting and 2-of-4 from behind the arc), seven rebounds, and four assists in 29 minutes of action.

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Hawks Destroyed in Denver

Bo Churney —  March 11, 2015

Well that was not exactly the way the team wanted to start off the road trip.

The Atlanta Hawks went into Denver on Wednesday night and were absolutely demolished by the Nuggets, losing by a score of 115-102. The Hawks were saved from an embarrassing score by the team’s garbage unit, who went on a 24-1 run in the fourth quarter to make the game a little interesting by cutting Denver’s huge lead to just single-digits with about a minute to go.

However, that one run was not indicative of what really happened in this contest. The game was similar to the Hawks win against Sacramento on Monday night, only in reverse and seemingly worse. The Hawks had problems making shots and executing on offense throughout most of the game while Denver was not missing from the field, regardless of the difficulty of the shot attempt.

The first quarter appeared to be a fluke, but it proved to be a sign of things to come. The Hawks committed silly turnovers like stepping out of bounds twice and missing a few open 3s. Atlanta was getting some decent looks inside the perimeter, however, shooting 9-for-14 on 2s during the quarter. This combined with Denver’s 60% shooting from the field seemed to show that the Hawks could rebound later in the game. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 97, Nuggets 92

Bo Churney —  March 16, 2014


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

*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: Nuggets 109, Hawks 107

Cole Patty —  November 8, 2013


DEN(1-3) 109 – 107 (2-3)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 29 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast, 2 stls
T. Lawson (DEN): 23 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast

Even though it is still in early November, this is a game that hurts. The Nuggets are a struggling team going under a coaching change of their own, and shouldn’t really be fighting for a playoff spot this season. In order to alleviate some of the growing pains that Atlanta is suffering with figuring out the new system and the rotations, these are the teams that they will be required to beat. It didn’t happen however, and poor perimeter defense is a huge part of it. Denver shot 14-for-25 from three, and Ty Lawson was devastating in the second half. This has seemed to be a recurring issue with the team, and hopefully they will figure things out on the outside on that end soon.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al took advantage of the nice matchup he got with the Nuggets’ frontcourt. He finished with a line of 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. Was it a little disheartening that it took him 21 shots to get to those 21 points? Sure, but he also only shot one free throw despite playing inside a decent amount. His last shot of the game also could have been kicked out to Korver, but he was still solid on both ends despite those two critiques. 8/10

Paul Millsap: Millsap also took advantage of Denver’s frontcourt and he did so in a big, big way. Paul’s statline is above, but he was also 10-for-15 from the field and a solid 2-for-3 from deep. Everything that Millsap seemingly shot for a long period of the game was finding net, and he seemed to always grab his rebounds through traffic. Interesting to note that he missed split his late free throw and missed a late shot after going down with some sort of knee pain. One has to wonder if that affected how he finished, but regardless, he was stellar all night. 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre had another tough night from deep, but finally found the bottom of the net with a right corner three in the third quarter. Still, he took another four tonight after taking four against the Kings, and if he can’t make more than one out of eight he probably should cool it on the deep ball. His cuts, however, were solid, and he gave Denver’s defense problems with his off-ball movement. Defensively, Carroll wasn’t the issue. He also wasn’t really a solution either, and needs to take a step up on that side of the court. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Offensively, Jeff keeps putting in strong nights as a play-maker. He had another 11 assists tonight, and seems to like what Bud has been giving him as a passer. Scoring wise, Jeff had more downs than ups. He was avoiding contact with JaVale McGee tonight, and kept trying to float the ball over the top ineffectively. He also got completely torched defensively by Lawson, and really needs to play to higher level when the guy across from him is so good. He also can’t be slow up and down the court like he was tonight, Denver air or not. 2/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle was the best perimeter player on the Hawks at both ends. He was efficient scoring, going 6-10 and 2-4 from deep. He also was clearly the best defensive perimeter player, as he didn’t look as lost off the ball as others did tonight. Adding in two steals and two blocks helps too. 7/10 Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 57-25 (3rd in West)z-nuggets

Playoff Result: Lost in First Round

Key Additions: Nate Robinson (free agent), J.J. Hickson (free agent), Randy Foye (free agent), Brian Shaw (coach), Tim Connelly (general manager)

Key Losses: Andre Iguodala (trade), Corey Brewer (free agent), Kosta Koufos (trade), George Karl (coach), Masai Ujiri (general manger)

Projected 2013-14 Record: 36-46 (9th in West)*

What to Expect: “So much of coaching is you cheat your family,” George Karl muttered solemnly to a room full of reporters. He paused, fighting back tears, “This is not about me. This is about a lot of people.” Karl, the 62-year-old head basketball coach of the Nuggets, was accepting his 2013 Coach of the Year award. Less than a month later, he was fired by the organization that he had just led to a franchise record 57 wins. His firing is a cold reminder that the NBA is a business. And when winning regular season games doesn’t equate to playoff victories – Karl was 21-38 in the playoffs with the Nuggets, only escaping the first round once in nine seasons – the nature of business, that only the strong survive, takes over. Continue Reading…

Long road trips are never easy for any team in the NBA team, and the Hawks are no different. On this latest road trip, the Hawks have gone 3-2, which is not bad at all. However, they have lost two straight to the Suns and the Lakers. Tonight they face a very tough Denver team on a road back-to-back, which is the hardest regular season game to win for any team.

If the Hawks are going to win tonight they’re going to need to fix some problems that they had in last night’s game against the Lakers. For instance the Lakers went 10/21 (47%) from three-point range last night. That is inefficient defensively and you are going to lose a lot of games allowing this to happen. When you get 34 assists on offense in one game, you need to win that game.

You need to execute down the stretch; the Hawks, for as well as they played last night, just didn’t defend the three-pointer and they didn’t execute when they needed to the most. The game was relatively close down the stretch and it was a very winnable game. If the Hawks had just executed correctly (particularly on that final play), I’d be spending more time on the good things they did, like the assists, the way the offense ran, and the amazing shooting. Instead, I’m talking about the bad things; thus is the ways of the NBA.

The Nuggets are going to be a tough team for Hawks as they are not coming off a back to back and are one of the best home teams in the NBA (25-3). The reason I was driving home the 3 point shooting issue: the Nuggets shoot 14 three point attempts per-36 minutes. This isn’t a huge number, but it’s enough that if they get warm from there, it could be dangerous. The Hawks defense will need to be on top of their game defensively, because the Nuggets share the ball; they are third in the league in assists per game (24.3), and that passing can really give a lot of teams a headache.

The Hawks want to finish this road trip strong and they have a chance to do that tonight. As long as they defend a little better and play offense the same way they did last night, it’s not insane to say they have a good chance at winning tonight.


DEN(9-10) 104 – 108 (10-5) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 25 pts, 12 rebs, 4 asts, 4 stls
T. Lawson (DEN): 32 pts, 7 asts, 5 stls

The Hawks played one of their most exciting games of the season, outracing the Nuggets and disproving Lawler’s Law by going to the by now patented Josh Smith-Al Horford high-low late in the game. Meanwhile, Corey Brewer scored every other time I looked at the TV.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smoove had a very active night and, for the for the most part, chose his shots wisely. He scored some huge baskets down the stretch, one as a recipient from Al Horford in a beautifully executed high low, and the other on a break away, and-1 dagger dunk that put the Hawks up 5 with under 30 seconds to go.   7/10

Al Horford: Horford was an absolute beast on the boards and, as always, took advantage of transition opportunities by setting up shop on the block and sealing his man while the guards advanced the ball. He had one of the most important assists of the game when he found Josh Smith for a dunk late in the 4th quarter, and aside from his always stellar passing, he found a way to strip the ball from Denver’s bigs more than a few times. 9/10

Zaza Pachulia: It was one of those classic Zaza games where he just energizes the team, grabs a bunch of gritty rebounds, and somehow scores 11 points, all 11 of which coming in some awesome way. 7/10

DeShawn Stevenson: DeShawn hit 3 of 5 three pointers, so that right there is more offensive contribution than you’d expect, but his defense wasn’t as good as it has been in past games. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Since his hot start to the season, Teague has struggled more and more shooting the ball, and it showed tonight as he went 4-16 from the field. He let Ty Lawson abuse his defense throughout the first 3 quarters and didn’t really get anything going until the 4th. While he wasn’t great in the final period, he ran the offense well and hit a big 3-pointer late, while also doing a better job on Lawson. 5/10 Continue Reading…


Because who doesn’t pose mid-jump in the middle of a field with a basketball?

According to Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, rookie John Jenkins has been called back to the Hawks’ roster after a two game stint with Atlanta’s D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam.

In those two games, Jenkins averaged 25.5 points (22 in the first, 29 in the second), 3.5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest.

The Hawks are “hopeful,” according to Vivlamore, that Jenkins will make it back in time for their nationally televised game against the Nuggets on Wednesday night. With Kyle Korver out for the birth of his child, Coach Drew might find some minutes for the three-point sniper out of Vanderbilt and see what he can do coming off some screens.

He’s no Kyle Korver or Anthony Morrow yet, but Jenkins can shoot the ball, shoot it quickly, and shoot it well. There’s a place on every team’s roster for a guy like that, and there’s no way to gain experience other than to actually get out there and do it.

And besides, if the whole John-Jenkins-playing-basketball-thing doesn’t work out, at least we have his rookie photoshoot pictures!