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The Hawks won on Tuesday night by defeating the Boston Celtics by a score of 109-105. The Hawks won despite trailing by 23 points at one point, and Kyle Korver was a big reason why the Hawks were able to comeback. However, Boston’s Evan Turner lobbed some unkind words in Korver’s direction after the game.

Strong words from a player whose team just gave up 109 points in a loss.

Let’s just make this clear. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Pacers 101, Hawks 85

Bo Churney —  April 23, 2014

FINAL
Series is tied, 1-1

IND(1-1) 101 – 85 (1-1) ATL   

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 19 pts, 4 reb
P. George (IND): 27 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast, 4 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

That was about the worst-case scenario for the Atlanta Hawks, injury-free category. Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap were balling again in the first half, again putting the Pacers on their heels by holding the lead after both of the first two quarters. However, that all changed in the third quarter as Paul George and Indiana finally gave a glimpse of the team that we saw in the first half of the season. George’s buzzer-beating 30-foot 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter was a symbolic nail in the coffin for the Hawks, giving the Pacers a 14-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

Why was this the worst case scenario? It isn’t just the Pacers winning this game; it’s the way they did it. The Hawks had the lead for half of the game. To allow the Pacers to storm back and rout them could prove to be critical as the series shifts to the ATL.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Jeff Teague: Take note, Jeff Teague: the best defensive team in the league figured that its best strategy for limiting the Hawks was to stick one of the best perimeter defenders in the game in your path. Take that as a huge compliment. How did Teague respond? In the first half — and the first quarter in particular — Teague did exactly as he did in Game 1. He let his teammates open up lanes with their spacing, then he broke down the defense by getting into the lane. In the second half, Teague had less success, going 1-for-5 from the field as Indiana’s defensive unit clamped down and the Hawks started to miss their open shots. Overall, I still think Teague played well. 8/10

Paul Millsap: Like Teague, Millsap continued his great work from Game 1 into the first half of this game. He hit two 3-pointers, he had a couple of great takes to the basket, and he was getting to the line, all three of which are things that he is going to need to do for the Hawks to win this season. Unfortunately, also like Teague, Millsap could not get the mojo going in the second half, resulting in the Hawks losing the third quarter 31-13. 7.5/10

Kyle Korver: Korver went 1-for-5 in this game, which is something that the Hawks absolutely cannot afford for him to do. The Pacers did a good job as a whole of keeping Korver from getting open, so when Korver actually is able to get free, he’s got to connect. Hopefully the 1-for-5 night (and 3-for-12 start from 3 so far this postseason) proves to be an aberration. 5/10

DeMarre Carroll: With Paul George guarding Teague for most of the game, I thought DeMarre might be able to take advantage of having a combination of Lance Stephenson and George Hill on him. He and the team really couldn’t take advantage of this, however, and at least two of his five shot attempts on the night were extremely forced. I would be interested to see if the Hawks are able to adjust and try to open up for cutting space for DeMarre in Game 3. 9/10

Pero Antic: With how many open looks Pero is likely to get in this series, they are going to need him to do better than 2-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-5 from 3. He did good defensively, but this series quite literally depends on Pero’s ability to stretch the floor. 5/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 113, 76ers 103

Bo Churney —  November 16, 2013

FINAL

PHI(5-5) 103 – 113 (5-4)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 33 pts, 4 reb, 10 ast
E. Turner (PHI): 27 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks were all over the place — but not in a bad way — before this game. We found out that Gustavo Ayon would be starting in place of Paul Millsap, which sent me into a, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH PAUL?!?” frenzy, but Coach Bud was just testing with lineups. And, of course, we found out that Lou Williams would be active for this game, which should have been the highlight of the day. However, Jeff Teague stole that spotlight with his play on the court.

“He got going a little bit, so we stuck with him,” said Coach Mike Budenholzer. “I think the message throughout preseason and training camp was that when he’s aggressive, usually something good is going to happen.”

Teague was extremely aggressive, getting to the line 13 times and sinking 12 of those opportunities. Teague is now fifth in the league in free throw attempts, and first and seventh in the league in assists per game and points per game. So far, he’s been the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al got the start at power forward tonight against the smaller Thaddeus Young, and he started out of the gate strong with eight of the team’s first 15 points. Coach Budenholzer said that it likely wasn’t because of Al’s PF positioning that helped this, but I think it could have contributed a bit. Also, I’m really close to starting an #AlHorfordTravelWatch, because his only two turnovers in this game, again, were travels. On the positive side, at least those are very correctable mistakes. 9/10

Jeff Teague: I already gushed enough about Jeff in the opening section, but here’s some more; he’s really found a groove at getting into the lane and being able to either take it to the basket or to find a teammate. Hopefully this type of aggression can continue. 10/10

Gustavo Ayon: He did well in his surprise start, which also happened to be his first playing time of the season. He had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes, which he made the most of by getting five fouls in. I don’t know how often we should expect him to start, but I foresee a return to Horford/Millsap for the Knicks. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Forgotten in all the Jeff/Lou news was that DeMarre had a career night. He was 5-for-8 on three pointers, including one late in the fourth that gave Jeff Teague his 10th assist. His 21 points on the night were a career high. 9/10

Kyle Korver: The streak is 82 now, which Kyle decided to get out of the way in the first quarter. He didn’t have any steals in this game, but he did have a block, which actually brought down his average of two steals and/or blocks per game. 8/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: 76ers 99, Hawks 80

Bo Churney —  December 21, 2012

FINAL

PHI(13-14) 99 – 80 (15-9) ATL

Key Performers:

T. Young (PHI): 18 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast, 5 stl
J. Smith (ATL): 17 pts, 6 reb, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I’m going to be honest; the Hawks were flat-out lazy in this one. Josh stopped giving a damn after the first quarter, Lou really only cared for about a two minute stretch, and Al couldn’t do anything inside, and his season long struggle with his jumper continued. Few good things to take from this one, Hawks fans.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh was frustrating as hell in the first quarter, but he was productive, scoring 13 points on nine shots. However, after that, it was nothing but laziness from him, going 2-7 the rest of the way, and doing absolutely nothing else to make up for that. 5/10

Al Horford: Al is 9-35 in the last three games, so I guess it’s not surprising that the Hawks lost two of them, and needed OT to beat the Wizards. Thad Young wasn’t allowing Al to get anything on the inside, and his jumper continues to be lost somewhere in the Twilight zone. Hopefully the upcoming game against the Bulls will give him a bit of a spark. 3/10

Kyle Korver: Once again, Kyle was one of the few Hawks that was hustling on the floor, but he still missed several open looks that he could have easily made. Can’t knock the hustle, though. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff committed a bunch of silly fouls, which led to him only getting 22 minutes, with most of them coming in garbage time at the end of the fourth. The Hawks looked a lot better when he was on the floor, so he cannot allow himself to make mistakes like this. 5/10 Continue Reading…