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The Atlanta Hawks (10-7) traveled to Minnesota (7-8) looking to build upon a strong win against Boston and exorcise demons from their earlier loss to the Timberwolves. They failed to do so in a 99-95 loss in Target Arena.

The T’Wolves bench accounted for 58 of their 99 point total. Minnesota was led by 13 points on just five shots from Damjan Rudez and Zach LaVine’s 18 points, six assist and five rebound night.

Reigning rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins was kept in check most of the night with an inefficient line of 15 points on 17 shots, but muscled up a bucket in the lane after taking body contact from Paul Millsap to put the Timberwolves up 98-94 with 1:24 left to go. The Hawks only netted one point in the final two minutes amid turnovers and bad shots, sealing the game for the home team.

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The Atlanta Hawks returned to the place their breakout 2014-15 season ended and suffered a similar fate in a 109-97 loss. In front of a sellout Quicken Loans Arena crowd, Kevin Love led the Cavs with 25 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James added 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks only had one lead and were never really in the game past the opening minutes.

The big story was the ejection of coach Mike Budenholzer after just one technical foul. Coach Bud was giving Ben Taylor some words after Justin Holiday was hit in the face on a drive without a whistle, and he appeared to make contact with the fifth year referee, which would warrant the immediate ejection. After the game, coach Bud stated that he did not immediately realize he bumped Taylor and that the contact was unintentional.

Kenny Atkinson took over the coaching duties from there but there would be no emotional rally from Atlanta.

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Another Hawks comeback fell short as Atlanta rallied from 15 down on the road against the Boston Celtics only to come up short again in a 106-93 loss. Mike Mucala’s free throw drew the Hawks within 86-83 with 6:43 to play before Isaiah Thomas (game highs with 23 points and 10 assists) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stifle the Atlanta rally.

Kent Bazemore’s 3-footer drew the Hawks within three again (96-93) with three minutes to play but Amir Johnson (19 points, eight rebounds, four assists three steals and three blocks) responded with a layup and added a 15-foot jumper as the Celtics closed on a 10-0 run. Jared Sullinger added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics while Jae Crowder added 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Kelly Olynyk added 15 points, three rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

The Hawks’ starters were outplayed throughout. Al Horford (13 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two blocks) was minus-4 and was the only starter without a double-digit negative plus-minus. The other starters ranged from Jeff Teague’s minus-13 to Kyle Korver’s minus-18. Paul Millsap led the Hawks in points (14) and rebounds (eight) but committed six turnovers. Continue Reading…

The Hawks erased a 34 point deficit to take a 107-106 lead over the Timberwolves with 3:33 to play on a Paul Millsap driving layup, but failed to score again in Monday night’s 117-107 loss at Philips Arena. Andrew Wiggins scored seven straight (on a career-high tying 33 point night) and Minnesota ended the game on an 11-0 run, dashing Atlanta’s hopes of pulling off the third-largest comeback in NBA history. The Hawks dropped to 7-2 and fell to second in the Eastern Conference behind the 6-1 Cavaliers, while Minnesota improved to 4-2.

The first half was about as ugly as it gets, with Tiago Splitter’s minus-3 a team best. Minnesota absolutely dismantled Atlanta’s defense, shooting 64% from the field (50% on 3-pointers) and doubling the Hawks’ 11 boards. The Timberwolves outscored Atlanta in the paint 36-20, 10-0 on second chance points and 21-2 on fast break points and the Hawks went to the locker room down 72-42.

Coach Mike Budenholzer let the starters begin the third quarter in hopes of chipping away at the 30 point deficit. Asked if he gave a big speech at halftime, Coach Bud said he simply made the decision to give the starting unit an opportunity to make a game of it in the third quarter.

“I told the guys lets give it five or eight minutes,” said Budenholzer. “Let’s see what happens. Different things happen in our league.” Continue Reading…

The Hawks couldn’t stop Hassan Whiteside, who shot 11-for-12 and scored 23 points with 14 rebounds. The Heat couldn’t stop Jeff Teague, who scored 26 points with six rebounds, nine assists and a game-best plus-20. The latter proved the decisive factor as Atlanta won 98-92 in Miami to improve to 4-1 on the young season, including a league-best 3-0 on the road.

Al Horford added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks while Paul Millsap contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kent Bazemore scored 10 points on 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point range with five rebounds and three assists.

In contrast to Teague’s huge night, Dennis Schröder struggled, shooting 1-for-6 with four points, three assists, four turnovers and a game-worst minus-12. Mike Scott and Justin Holiday scored seven points each and both posted a positive plus-minus, the latter despite shooting 1-for-5 from 3-point range. Holiday’s lone 3-pointer came with 8:02 to play in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 82-75 after the Heat reduced a 15 point Hawks lead to within four points.

Dwyane Wade scored 21 points with three assists in 27 minutes for the Heat but spent part of the second half in the locker room receiving treatment for a migraine. Goran Dragic scored 19 points with five rebounds, two assists and three steals but committed four turnovers and couldn’t keep Teague in front of him.

The Hawks once again won the rebound battle 51-49. Atlanta recorded 25 assists compared to just 13 for Miami, which had a 9-1 edge in blocks. The Hawks flew back to Atlanta this morning and will face the visiting Brooklyn Nets at 8 PM EST at Philips Arena.

I’m happy to present a guest column from Joshua Broom, who exhaustively covers the Atlanta Hawks as editor of FanSided blog Soaring Down South — BG.

By Joshua Broom

My mantra regarding this season’s Atlanta Hawks’ hopes for optimal success can be summed up sufficiently in a succinct nine word phrase: “So goes Jeff Teague, so go the Atlanta Hawks.”

Though, if we dig a little deeper, maybe the words between those quotes should be expanded a bit to read “So goes Jeff Teague’s shooting efficiency, so go the Atlanta Hawks.”

To illustrate just how prevalent a factor Teague’s overall shooting accuracy was in Atlanta’s historical 60-win regular season, we see that the 2014-15 debut All-Star shot an effective field goal percentage of 50% in those victories while knocking down a respectable 35% of his 3-point attempts.

However, in 20 of Atlanta’s 22 losses in 2014-2015, Teague’s effective field goal percentage plummeted to just 46%. Even more vexing for Atlanta was that in those defeats, their floor general’s 3-point percentage fell off drastically to a paltry 29%. Continue Reading…

Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 19 points, Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap added 13 apiece and every starter was at least plus-14 as the Hawks defeated the visiting Spurs 100-86 to remain unbeaten (3-0) in the preseason. The Spurs played without LaMarcus Aldridge (back spasms) and Boris Diaw (rest) and were led by Kawhi Leonard’s 20 points with eight rebounds.

Millsap led the team with nine rebounds, added a pair of steals and was a game-high plus-19 in 25 minutes. Teague added five rebounds and three assists and was plus-18. Korver went 3-for-6 from 3-point range and added four rebounds.

Dennis Schröder led the bench with 10 points, four assists and three rebounds. Thabo Sefolosha played his first minutes of the preseason after missing the first two games due to his trial on charges stemming from his arrest last season in New York. Sefolosha scored five points and added three rebounds in eight minutes. Continue Reading…

Last year the Atlanta Hawks took the NBA by surprise as they finished 60-22 and 12-4 in divisional play. This year poses a different challenge for Coach Bud and the team with expectations much higher than in recent seasons. Additionally, not only did the Eastern Conference get a much-needed face-lift, but the Southeast Division will also pose a much tougher challenge to these Hawks. Here’s a preview of what to expect from Atlanta’s division opponents in 2015-16:

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets fan base came into last season with high hopes coming off a 7th seed finish two years ago and the acquisition of Lance Stephenson in the offseason. So last year’s 33-49 record along with Stephenson’s 39% field goal percentage seemed like a bad joke Michael Jordan played on everyone.

In his third season, coach Steve Clifford will need to take the next step by placing more emphasis on improving the offensive scheme that ranked 28th in offensive efficiency last year. The addition of Nicholas Batum adds to an already stout defensive unit as well as a small forward that can stretch the floor. His presence on defense will be much needed with the loss of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a torn labrum and seperated shoulder, suffered in last weekend’s preseason game against Orlando, that will sideline him for 6 months. Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks held on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-96 in Cincinnati, Ohio despite allowing the Cav’s bench to close the game on a 22-14 run that included three 3-pointers by former Hawk Austin Daye. Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 17 points and added three rebounds, two assists and a steal in the preseason opener for both teams.

Al Horford added 15 points with a team-high eight rebounds and was best among Atlanta’s starters with a plus-9 net rating. Kent Bazemore started at small forward with Thabo Sefolosha in New York to face charges stemming from his arrest at the end of last season. Bazemore had a rough first half but coach Mike Budenholzer kept him in the game late as he emptied his bench. Bazemore finished with 12 points, five rebounds and a pair of turnovers to complete the double-digit scorers among the starters.

J.R. Smith led the Cavaliers with 15 points and added four rebounds, four assist, a steal and two blocks. Smith was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul in the second half after he wound up to block a Horford shot but only got Horford’s head. LeBron James shot 3-for-13 to finish with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Timofey Mozgov was the only other Cavs starter in double figures with 13 points. He added five rebounds, one assist and one block. All of Cleveland’s starters had a net rating between plus-9 and plus-11 (Mozgov’s team-high). Continue Reading…

On Monday, ESPN Insider Bradford Doolittle agreed with ESPN’s Summer Forecast that the Hawks will win 50 games in 2015-16. Wrote Doolittle:

The 50-win summer forecast might seem like a steep descent. After all, as good as [DeMarre] Carroll might be, he’s not worth 10 wins, and Atlanta did add Tiago Splitter and Tim Hardaway Jr. during the summer. Yet the forecast and my system agree that while Atlanta remains a force, last season was an outlier.

Prior to last season I took exception with low expectations from national NBA analysts, including Reggie Miller and Rick Fox, who predicted that the Hawks would miss the playoffs. In contrast to those who believed the Hawks would struggle to secure the eighth seed, I wrote that the Hawks could and should compete for the conference’s top seed:

Assuming Al Horford is able to fully recover from his most recent injury and have a healthy season, I believe the Hawks should be aiming for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

My argument was that, since the Hawks took the Pacers to seven games (and should have put them away) and the Pacers took the Heat to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Hawks should be competitive with the top teams in the East in 2014-15:

Keep in mind that the Hawks pushed the Pacers to seven games, a team that may have been better than any team in the Eastern Conference this season.

If Paul George didn’t break his leg during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas, the Pacers would have been the favorites in the East last season. Indiana would have retained continuity while LeBron James worked to build chemistry in Cleveland and the Heat dealt with his departure. If the Hawks took those Pacers to the brink of elimination, what would Atlanta be capable of with a healthy Al Horford? Last season, we got the answer: 60 wins. Continue Reading…