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The Atlanta Hawks lost a tightly contested game against the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City on Saturday evening, 104-106. The Bulls were led by Jimmy Butler’s 33 points that included two game-winning free throws that put the Bulls in front with 3 seconds left. Rajon Rondo added a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. For the Hawks, they were led by Dennis Schröder’s 29 points. 

Standings watch

With this loss, the Hawks now occupy the 6-seed in the Eastern Conference, just a game behind the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile behind the Hawks, there’s now a three-way tie for the 7-seed with Indiana, Miami and Chicago all knotted up at 37-39.

 

The Hawks have six games remaining. 

Missed opportunity

The first half of this game was a bit of a snoozer. the point guard battle of Rajon Rondo and Dennis Schroder proved to be the only real entertaining aspect of this game. Neither team was playing particularly well. That all changed in the third quarter.

The Bulls ran out to a 10 point lead before the Hawks, behind some of the best basketball they’ve played this season and scored 38 points in the third quarter which was capped off by this buzzer-beating three from Kent Bazemore.

This was part of a 38-18 run that would see the Hawks take a 10 point lead of their own with 9:31 left in the fourth quarter

The Bulls hovered within eight points for the next few minutes but after they came within five, the Hawks reeled off another four unanswered to take a 100-91 lead with 4:54 remaining, leading to a timeout. The Bulls responded with this lovely out-of-the-timeout play that results in a three in the corner from Denzel Valentine that gave the Bulls life. 

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Happy Friday!

It’s that time of the week again, This Week in the Hawks Episode 5 covers a wide range of topics including:

  • The All-Star reserves and why Paul Millsap deserved his spot
  • The Hawks’ pending D-League move
  • Game recaps including the comeback against the Bulls, Wade’s and Butler’s comments
  • Stats from the week
  • A look at the Hawks’ upcoming fixtures

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The Atlanta Hawks managed — somehow — to escape the United Center with a comeback victory against the Chicago Bulls, 119-114. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 40 points while Dwyane Wade scored 33 points. Only one other Bull scored in double digits outside of Wade and Butler: Doug McDermot with 10 points.

The comeback/collapse

A basic summary of this game prior to this comeback: The Bulls led this game the whole way and the Hawks had done a decent job sticking within a run of the Bulls, but couldn’t mount that run to pull ahead/away from the Bulls because they had trouble slowing down Butler and Wade/getting stops. Summary over.

Dwyane Wade sunk a jump shot that put the Bulls up 110-100 with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, leaving the Hawks staring down the barrel of a second consecutive defeat. Coach Bud called for a timeout at this juncture.

In what was an astonishing minute and 19 seconds the Hawks clawed their way back within a point of the Bulls, 110-109. The Hawks eventually won the game 119-114 behind a 19-4 run over the final three minutes having trailed by 10 points with just three minutes left.

The Bulls should’ve closed out this game. Why didn’t they? How did this happen? Let’s break it down.

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The Atlanta Hawks just about escaped Philips Arena with a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, 103-93. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, one of five Bulls who scored in double digits.

A great start and a real messy ending

What a game this was.

The Hawks blew the Bulls out of the water in the first quarter, outscoring the Bulls 35-13 in a quarter that was capped by a buzzer-beating three by Tim Hardaway Jr. followed by a shimmy.

“I like the ball in my hand in that situation. I kind of like to shoot far, half-court shots, when the clock is running down. I have confidence in myself that every shot I shoot is going in. Thankfully it went in.” — Tim Hardaway Jr.

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The 2014-15 regular season is over.

Just last year, the Hawks were fighting until the end of the season to secure a playoff berth and sneak into the postseason as the 8-seed in the East.

How things have changed in 365 days. The Hawks — having already secured the 1-seed in the East with 60 wins — have been taking things lightly for a while now, prepping their stars for rest in hopes of a deep playoff run. That rest included Wednesday night’s game against the Bulls, even though all five regular Hawks starters played at least 20 minutes. But when the fourth quarter started and no Atlanta starter was to be found on the court, the message from the team was clear:

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Hawks Outlast Bulls for 17th Win

Bo Churney —  December 15, 2014

After having their nine-game win streak broken in Orlando, the Hawks were able to rebound (figuratively, not literally; the were outrebounded 57-40) against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls with a scrappy 93-86 win.

The Hawks were led by Al Horford, who had one of his best all-around games of the season. Horford tallied 21 points on 10-for-19 shooting, 10 rebounds, six assists, and two steals. It was Horford’s second 20-point/10-rebound game of the season. The six assists were a season-high for Horford, who appeared to take extra effort in trying to control the offense in the fourth quarter in order to try and keep Chicago’s defense on its heels.

“We talked about wanting to have great pace coming out tonight,” said Coach Budenholzer. “The first quarter, scoring 28 points against a really good defensive team… we got some baskets in transition. The one Al got sticks out. Paul’s sticks out to me. It probably ended up being the little bit of cushion that we needed, that allowed us to get the win.”

The Hawks received two solid performances off of the bench tonight, one being from Elton Brand. Brand only played 13 minutes, but he made his presence known, scoring eight points and loudly stuffing a shot attempt by Pau Gasol. Brand followed up that block with a jumper less than a minute later, which gave the Hawks a nine-point lead early in the game. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Bulls 100, Hawks 85

Bo Churney —  February 12, 2014

FINAL

CHI(26-25) 100 – 85 (25-25)ATL   

Key Performers:
J. Noah (CHI): 19 pts, 16 reb, 11 ast, 3 blk, and a partridge in a pear tree
L. Williams (ATL): 13 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks started off this game with three quick buckets in the paint, appearing to have a good game plan for getting through Chicago’s tough defense. Those turned out to be the easiest points the Hawks got all night, as Joakim Noah, who was everywhere, and crew dominated Atlanta for the majority of the night. The Hawks were outrebounded by a 58-27 margin and allowed 100 points to one of the worst offensive teams in the league. Not a lot of good to be taken from this one, as the Hawks have now lost four straight games and have dropped to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Pretty bad night from Paul, who actually hit three three-pointers, but was just 3-for-9 on twos. Millsap seemed very hesitant on open shots and ruined the Hawks’ rhythm with his weird decision-making when they were only down eight in the fourth. He had looks on open looks from three, but he passed them up and tried pump-faking, which was odd, because he always ended up in a worse position than before. One time he did actually pull the trigger on a three… he was heavily guarded by Noah and there was a lot of time on the shot clock; just an odd night overall. 3/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre was dribbling way too much in this game, which was more of a sign of a failed team effort than something that was his fault. He still had a decent night of 11 points, two boards, and two dimes, and I can definitely say that the team’s poor defensive effort wasn’t his fault. 7/10

Kyle Korver: Ditto for Korver on the “too much dribbling” thing; that’s usually a sign of an impending disaster for the Hawks. The Bulls didn’t give him much room to operate, but he was still able to knock down a couple of long-balls and extend #KyleStreak to 119 games. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff Teague got a flagrant foul on Taj Gibson late in the game, which is about the most aggressive thing I’ve seen Jeff do since mid-December. Teague was actually 6-for-9 from the floor and looked like he should have been able to create more opportunities for himself, but he just didn’t do it. 5/10

Gustavo Ayon: *looks at Joakim Noah’s line, looks at Gustavo, looks back at Joakim’s line* Yeah, Gustavo had a very, very bad game. It was worsened when it appeared in the first half that he was the only one of the floor that wanted to actually do anything on offense. Bonus point for effort? 4/10 Continue Reading…