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The Hawks signed forward DeMarre Carroll today according to Carroll’s twitter account.

The deal is assumed to be worth two years, $5 million.

Carroll last season averaged six points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season. With the Hawks, he’ll probably see a lot of time at the 3 but will be able to play the 4 if they wish to go small. Carroll’s primary role will likely to be a wing defender.

With the signing of Carroll, the Hawks have also waived Deshawn Stevenson. This is a good move, because it clears over $2 million off the books and gets rid of an aging Stevenson who did not play well last season.

Mack the odd-man out?

Bo Churney —  July 26, 2013 — 4 Comments

With the Pero Antic signing, the Hawks now have 10 men on guaranteed contracts for the 2013-14 season. Jared Cunningham’s contract can still be bought-out and DeMarre Carroll still hasn’t been signed, but for the most part, the ATL roster is taking shape.

So where does this leave Shelvin Mack?

Mack is one of three un-guaranteed contracts left on the roster, with Mike Scott and DeShawn Stevenson. Mike Scott’s performance in Summer League could push the team to pick up his option and the fact that Stevenson is still on the roster seems to indicate that the team is leaning towards keeping him.

Then you have this news on the Hawks looking to buy-out Lucas Nogueira’s contract with his Spanish team, Estudiantes. While Lucas could be better served by getting another year of playing time over in Europe, you have to consider this: Nogueira’s biggest weakness so far has been his lack of strength. He shows great instincts both offensively and defensively in the pick-and-roll, runs the floor well, and can protect the rim. Isn’t it a possibility that he’d be better served working with an NBA training staff for that year?

Anyways, if that does happen, the Hawks would have 15 players under some sort of deal: Horford, Teague, Korver, Millsap, Brand, Williams, Stevenson, Schröder, Nogueira, Jenkins, Scott, Antic, Cunningham, Mack, and Carroll.

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As discussed last week, the Hawks run two high-low sets in order to free Al Horford for some easy baskets: the elbow pick-and-roll and the pin-down-and-slip. These two sets work remarkably well and are usually reserved for late game situations– they are the Hawks’ go to plays, if you will.

But what happens when opposing defenses figure it out? What happens when those defenses crack the code and stop Horford on the role or contain him off the pin-down? How do the Hawks respond and/or use other sets with similar starting patterns to deceive the opposition?

Well, clearly, there are a lot of questions and, as you might imagine, there are also a lot of answers. When the Hawks run these plays, there are actually a bevy of offensive options at their disposal; it just so happens that the preferred option is usually available. But as you’ll see in the video below, when that primary target is unavailable, there are other ways to beat the defense.

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This isn’t exactly what the Hawks needs.

Zaza Pachulia is still battling Achilles issues, so naturally, he should sit out as long as he needs. That is not an injury that you should mess around with.

Ivan Johnson is not with the team due to personal reasons. It is unsure what his availability will be for tomorrow night’s game against Brooklyn.

DeShawn Stevenson is on his usually rest for back-to-backs. He will be ready for the game against the Nets.

In lieu of these injuries, Johan Petro (!) will get his first start of the season. Petro is averaging two points and two rebounds in 18 games this season. Petro will join Teague, Harris, Smith, and Horford in the starting lineup.

In Atlanta’s tilt Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Hawks will be a bit short-handed along their front line.

With Horford and Pachulia out, Ivan Johnson will make his first career start at center and DeShawn Stevenson will return to the starting lineup after missing the last three games.

Devin Harris also returns to the floor after suffering a vicious ankle injury in the third quarter of Saturday’s contest against the San Antonio Spurs. Harris returned to practice Tuesday after missing the game Monday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The game tips off at 7:00 pm ET from Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.

The NBA– more thani anything– is a league of relationships. It is predicated on the idea that players, coaches, and fans will respond to one another– that they’ll know each other and vice versa. These relationships, this communication, is what drives the story lines of the NBA, and those story lines are what make a meaningless game in December interesting.

The Hawks beat the Wizards on Tuesday night, and no one really cares all that much. The Wizards are the worst team in the NBA and the Hawks, while solid this year, have a history of being largely erratic. People don’t want to watch that combination– at least based solely on those qualifications. But beyond an outer lining of what seems like a useless mid-winter game, inside of that shell, there is meaning. Maybe not significantly to the standings, maybe not significantly to half of a fan base, but in everything and every game, these inter-connected relationships produce meaning.

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FINAL

WAS(3-19) 95 – 100 (15-7) ATL

Key Performers:

L. Williams (ATL): 24 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, 1 blk
J. Crawford (WAS): 27 pts, 11 rebs, 11 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks were able to overcome a Jordan Crawford triple double and a strong night from Nene thanks to their again stellar defense. There were a few moments when it looked like the game might be slipping away, but someone, whether it was Teague, Smoove, or Lou, was always ready to pull Atlanta back, settle things down, and make a play.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith had an absolutely miserable airball in overtime that gave the Wizards life when they should have already been dead, but I say that first because everything else was great. He rebounded well, played strong defense most of the night, and with all things considered, stood by decent shot selection. 8/10

Al Horford: Horford had one of his worst games of the season in terms of scoring tonight, but he made up for it with activity in other areas. He pulled down 11 rebounds, had 6 assists, and was huge on defense down the stretch. It clearly wasn’t a night to remember for Al, because 5 points on 2-11 shooting just isn’t going to cut it, but he found ways to contribute when there was a lid on the basket. 6/10

Kyle Korver: If there is a cardinal rule of not leaving shooters open, then there’s even a more important rule, and that’s don’t leave Kyle Korver open. And if he’s coming around a screen then you better hurry because his release is quicker than a mongoose and all he needs is 2 seconds and he’s shooting it whether you like it or not and it’s going to go in so nanny nanny boo boo. So, anyway, yeah. 16 points on 5-6 shooting with 7 rebounds. I like it. 8/10

Devin Harris: In what looked like another great start, Harris poured in 8 points before tweaking his ankle. He was 3-6 from the field and was connecting from long range. He’s really been turning a corner recently, so lets just hope that ankle is okay. INC/10

Jeff Teague: After the game, Teague told me that he didn’t think it was a charge on the last Hawks possession of regulation. I don’t know if he’s right, but that mistake was enough to earn him a seat on the bench for all of overtime. There’s no problem with that either, because Lou Williams was playing incredibly well and Korver was automatic. Before that, though, Teague was looking good. He found himself in some foul trouble, but he had 6 assists and scored 13 points. He was jawing with ex-teammate Jordan Crawford for a little bit in the third quarter, which prompted somewhat of a back-and-forth. Teague held his own in that stretch, despite what the final statistics of the game say. 6/10 Continue Reading…

 

 

RECAP: Hawks 92, Heat 101

Daniel Christian —  December 11, 2012 — 1 Comment

FINAL

MIA(14-5) 101 – 92 (12-6) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 20 pts, 11 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls
L. James (MIA): 27 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts, 2 stls
[FULL BOX SCORE]

In a battle for the early season lead of the Southeast division, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade made sure that everyone remembers just how good they really are. The Heat tormented the Hawks defensively and were their usual flying death machine of an offense, creating said offense through that aforementioned defensive prowess.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: It was another solid night for Horford, who scored 20 points on 8-14 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds en route to his sixth consecutive double-double. He abused Bosh early in the third quarter and set the stage for what looked to be an intriguing finish. However, eventually, Miami put the clamps on him, as well as the rest of the team, and they proceeded to put the game out of reach. Horford, though, was far and away Atlanta’s best player on the night. 8/10

Josh Smith: Smoove tied his career high of 4 3-pointers made in a single game, but don’t let that fool you. It wasn’t a great night for Smith, and you should know that because of the fact that he took 5 3-pointers, regardless of how many actually went in. It sends the message that he’s settling. And he was settling. After connecting on those threes (some of which he was just completely wide open for), he forced more and more jumpers, and obviously, his 7-18 performance doesn’t warrant too much enthusiasm. However, he did play a solid overall game. He worked his way inside the paint more than a few times and showed us why he just won player of the week, and he also rejected the life out of an attempted Chris Bosh dunk, only moments after Smoove himself missed what would have been one of the greatest dunks of his career. And despite the fact that LeBron scored on anyone and everyone tonight, Smith probably saw the most success while checking James.  7/10

Zaza Pachulia: Am I the only one who forgot that he was even on the court? 19 minutes and nothing to show for it but 3 rebounds? After the way he’s played so far this season, he’s earned himself a mulligan, but this is the second straight time he’s been a no-show against the Heat. 2/10

DeShawn Stevenson: DeShawn, again, did not play his greatest defense, but he did connect on 4 3-pointers. He took 11 of them, but if it’s any consolation, he was wide open for all of them. I know that no one wants Stevenson shooting 11 threes, but he started off hot and to be honest, I didn’t really mind it. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Even from the biggest Jeff Teague fan there is (which I like to believe is myself), there is no denying that he’s struggled of late. Teague scored 11 points, but again did not finish around the rim on several occasions and shot just 3-10 from the field. This was a guy who started the first 8 or so games of the season in the 50-40-90 club. He’s going to go through stretches with varying degrees of success, apparently, but on an overall basis, just more efficiency in regards to turnovers and, not so much shot selection, but instead just finding the right touch on those 8-foot runners would be a nice boost to his somewhat slumping game right now.  5/10

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