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RECAP: Spurs 105, Hawks :'(

Bo Churney —  January 24, 2014

FINAL

SAS(33-10) 105 – 79 (22-20)ATL    

Key Performers:
T. Duncan (SAS): 17 pts, 16 reb, 2 ast, 4 blk
P. Millsap (ATL): 15 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Both teams were missing key players due to injuries. Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll, and Pero Antic were out for the Hawks and Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Tiago Splitter were sidelined for San Antonio. Both coaches lamented the injuries beforehand, but it appeared like the teams should have been closely matched.

It didn’t work out that way.

San Antonio stormed out to a 27-14 first quarter lead, largely thanks to three threes hit by Patty Mills off the bench in that quarter.

“Coming off the bench,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about Mills, “he really made the spread for us.” Mills finished the game with six threes and 18 points.

Tim Duncan also played a key role defensively in the first quarter, blocking two shots, which doesn’t begin to show his total impact in the quarter. The Hawks shot 6-for-20 from the field, spearheaded by Paul Millsap’s 1-for-6 effort.

Bad things continued to compound for the Hawks, as Jeff Teague left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return and will not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. Teague had been the team’s only bright spot up to that point, scoring nine points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.

“It’s tough,” said Kyle Korver on Teague’s injury. “We have to find a way. The teams we’re playing against aren’t going to feel sorry for us.” Continue Reading…

Now 12 games into the 2013-14 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks stand at a solid 7-5 record for a brand new team from top to bottom. Fans and media alike could only assume what we’d see from a Hawks squad with only six returning players and a new head coach as the season drew closer, but now we have a small – but actual – sampling to grasp this team’s developing identity. Here’s ten things we’ve learned so far.

BUDMOVEMENT is real:

The Hawks are second in the league in assist-to-FG ratio, with 308 assists to 460 field goals made. Ball movement was something this team severely lacked for years, dating back to the isolation-heavy Mike Woodson era. The amount of passing that went into every offensive possession was a quick pick-up by those watching the Hawks preseason contests, and it’s carried over to the regular season flawlessly. Surprisingly, Atlanta has also managed to rank 11th in the league in lowest turnover rate, an impressive feat with how much the ball moves.

Games are won in the second half:

A common trend in the Hawks first twelve games has been the team treading closely with their opponent or even trailing behind early in games, only to blow them away in the latter portion of the contest. The statistics back this up, with the team’s NetRTG being far lower in the first and second quarter compared to the third and fourth quarters. This explains how Atlanta has played in four games finishing with a score margin of five or less. There is no cause for alarm though, with very strong teams such as the Indiana Pacers sharing this trait.

Little is set in stone:

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Note: Budding Sets will be a new recurring feature. Here at HawksHoop, we are excited about the future under coach Mike Budenholzer, and some of that excitement is the offensive creativity that Bud brings. So, as we go along the season, there will be some light shed on the fun sets that the Hawks run.

Kyle Korver has been masterful when it comes off-ball movement, and Mike Budenholzer worked for a very longtime under the Gregg Popovich. So naturally, when the two united, the imagination flowed with wondrous thoughts of what they could bring together.

It’s early, but there is one set so far that has been used with a decent amount of frequency. It stems from a set the Spurs ran last season called Thru UCLA Second Side — thank you How U — and adds a little variation by taking advantage of Horford’s passing abilities.

The set starts off by Teague feeding Kyle the ball to one of the wings. Jeff immediately clears out to the opposite side in order to retain spacing, while Al starts setting up in position in either the post or low block. When Horford’s ready, Kyle feeds him the ball and starts to move towards Paul Millsap. Millsap — who started off in a high position — comes down and screens for Korver, and this is where the decision is made by Kyle. It is important to recognize DeMarre Carroll clearing out from the right side, towards the left corner. Without this cut, Kyle is stuck into one direction of the play instead of reading what the defense gives him. Continue Reading…