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Note: This is a season-long series in which Caleb Cottrell and Brandon Barnes will discuss what they notice from the Atlanta Hawks.

Caleb Cottrell: Welcome to the second edition of PAC-and-Forth, everyone! I’m joined by esteemed HawksHoop colleague Brandon Barnes. The Hawks are doing their thing, winning nine straight games to improve to a smooth record of 30-8. Not only are the Hawks winning, but they have been talked about more and more lately.

Song of the Week: 

CC: This one is pretty obvious for me, and a bit of a throwback. DJ KHALED. All I Do Is Win is pretty self explanatory. This song is basically the Hawks theme song since, well, all they’ve been doing is winning lately. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Bulls 105, Hawks 92

Bo Churney —  April 2, 2014

FINAL

CHI(43-32) 105 – 95 (32-42)ATL    

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 22 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl
D. Augustin (CHI): 23 pts, 5 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This was actually a really fun game for about the first 18 minutes. Both teams were playing great offense, the Hawks were making their 3s… the game was just brimming with excitement. Then the offense stopped working, the Hawks started carelessly turning the ball over, and the Bulls were able to take advantage. DJ Augustin was on fire, making four back-breaking 3-pointers. Overall, the Bulls were 12-for-25 on 3-pointers, a consequence of the Hawks collapsing on defense a bit too much and subsequently losing open shooters. With the Knicks win, the Hawks are now tied for eighth spot in the East.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Another good game from Paul, who was tasked with guarding Joakim Noah for several portions of the game. Millsap just didn’t get enough help from his starting frontcourt mate Pero Antic, who…. I’ll get to that later. 9/10

Jeff Teague: Things the Hawks really should not do: waste good games from Jeff Teague. Jeff didn’t score in the fourth quarter, but for most of the game he was aggressive with his takes and he wasn’t too awful on defense. He was the only Hawk to post a positive plus-minus with plus-1. 8.5/10

Pero Antic: That was not great. In 10 minutes, he was 0-for-2 from the field (including a missed WIDE OPEN LAYUP) and he had only one rebound. He did make some creative passes, but he just awful during his time on the floor and he was benched for the second half in favor of Elton Brand and Mike Muscala. 1/10

DeMarre Carroll: Not much of a game from DeMarre. Chicago usually did well at keeping him from getting open looks on the perimeter. On a positive note, he did finish his only transition attempt on the night… he got the and-1, too! 6/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle was on fire early, hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter. After that, he was actually pretty awful. He only made one 3 after the first and he made some absolutely dreadful passes; you don’t why four turnovers out of a guy who is not one of your primary ball-handlers. 4/10 Continue Reading…

Hawks-Bulls Preview

Bo Churney —  April 2, 2014

At this point, with the way the season is gone, I have no preference on the Hawks making the playoffs. If they miss out and get a lotto pick, I think that is good for the team. If they happen to make the playoffs, I think it is good for the team.

However, if the team really does want to make the playoffs, they will want to put a competitive effort up against the visiting Chicago Bulls. The Hawks have usually had trouble with Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and the Bulls, meaning that this game could quickly turn into a bloodbath.

So what are the keys for the Hawks to win this game?

First, the Hawks will want to try and get Joakim Noah out of the lane as much as possible. This means no more 1-for-8 performances from the field, Pero Antic. Of course, consistently pulling Noah out of the lane is harder than it sounds; Noah can move with great quickness and can easily recover back into the positions that Coach Thibodeau’s defense requires from him. It’s why the Bulls are second in the league in defensive efficiency. Continue Reading…

A bit of an aside from basketball, but Al Horford is appearing in a video campaign by NBA Cares and WildAid called “No Hype”, which is a new message to reduce demand for ivory and rhino horn.

The message includes five other NBA players as well: Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Serge Ibaka, and Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. Throughout the message the players hold iconic images of elephants and rhinos from photographer Nick Brandt.

The message will air during TNT’s doubleheader today, March 13 beginning at 7 p.m. ET when the Houston Rockets take on the Chicago Bulls and again when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Here is the video:

With Horford out for the season due to a pectoral tear, it is nice to see him doing something that seems to be productive and beneficial for the world.

RECAP: Bulls 107, Hawks 103

Bo Churney —  February 26, 2014

FINAL

CHI(30-26) 107 – 103 (26-30)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Noah (CHI): 20 pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl
J. Teague (ATL): 26 pts, 2 reb, 7 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks have had a few heartbreaking losses this season and I definitely think this one fits the bill. Atlanta led by as many as 14 in the first quarter, but they allowed Chicago to score 34 points in the second, giving the Bulls a 54-51 lead at halftime. From there, it seemed that just enough would go Chicago’s way to keep the Hawks from winning. First was DeMarre Carroll fouling Kirk Hinrich on a three-pointer with 40 seconds left, then there was Jeff Teague stepping out of bounds with 12 seconds left, and finally, there was Mike Scott getting egregiously fouled on a three-pointer when the Hawks were down three, but that foul went uncalled, allowing the Bulls to secure a victory.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Jeff Teague: It was one of those weird half-aggressive games from Teague. He did a lot of things well and was the power behind the Hawks scoring over 100 points against a Chicago team that they often struggle with, but Jeff also made mistakes at a couple of key points that resulted in the Hawks losing. Teague did have 11 points in the fourth, but he also had three turnovers, including the one outlined above. He also had some mismatches that he didn’t always take advantage of (i.e. with Noah) that could have resulted in even more points from him. Overall though, still a good game. 8/10

DeMarre Carroll: Yes, his foul with about 40 seconds left was his fault. Kirk may have jumped into DeMarre a bit to sell it, but the absolutely last thing you can do in the final minute of a basketball game where you have a lead is to foul a shooter while he’s attempting a three-pointer. Tonight just wasn’t DeMarre’s night, as he also struggled to finish in transition, which could have easily been prevented if he just slowed the ball down on a couple of possessions. That said, I will cut DeMarre some slack because he was clearly playing out of position for most of the night, as he spent a lot of it matched against Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. 5.5/10

Kyle Korver: Korver started off red-hot, making three three-pointers in the first few minutes of the game. After that, however, there wasn’t a lot going for him. Korver and co. were able to create some great open looks for Kyle, but after those first three, Kyle had some trouble knocking those looks down. It could have been worse, as the Bulls did the same for Dunleavy, but he also missed some clean looks. 5/10

Elton Brand: Hopefully Elton Brand can play Wednesday night’s game against the Celtics, but I have no idea what the Hawks are going to do if he can’t play at least 35 minutes. (At least Dexter Pittman looks in great shape. No seriously, he looked alright.) E.B. did some great work on the rebounds, coming down with 13 of them for the game, many of which were contested rebounds where he was surrounded by several Bulls, but still managed to grab the board. He also had a couple of nice blocks and was a team-high plus-6 for the game. I guess the only consolation for Elton is that he doesn’t play for Thibodeau, right? 8/10

Shelvin Mack: For most of the night, Teague and Shelvin did a good job at limiting Hinrich and DJ Augustin. The Hawks guards really outplayed their counterparts by a wide margin, which I would have thought would have been enough for the Hawks to win if you told me that in the beginning. Shel was his usual conservative self when he was the primary ball-handler, turning the ball over zero times in his 27 minutes of play. He also had 17 points to round out a rather strong offensive effort. 7.5/10 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…

RECAP: Bulls 91, Hawks 84

Bo Churney —  January 5, 2014

FINAL

CHI(14-18) 91 – 84 (18-16)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Dunleavy (CHI): 20 pts, 3 reb
P. Millsap (ATL): 16 pts, 12 reb, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

It is really becoming evident just how much the Hawks miss Al Horford. The Hawks had 17 offensive rebounds in this game… and lost because the Bulls had 20 offensive rebounds. Mike Dunleavy had a big night with 20 points, as Chicago continued to run him off of screens late in the game as their primary source of offense. The Hawks offense, however, really did not have a primary option, as the Chicago defense did a great job of keeping the Hawks’ shooters under wraps.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Another bad night from the field from Millsap, as he couldn’t get anything to go around the basket. He did do some nice work on the boards, grabbing six offensive rebounds, but his offense was just… ugh. Sure, there was a lot of contact on some of his plays, but the officiating was like that for both sides. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Like Millsap, Teague couldn’t get anything to go on offense. Jeff committed four turnovers and simply had trouble running the offense with only Millsap as a pick-and-roll option. What was surprising, however, is that Teague did a good job on the Chicago guards on defense. 5/10

Pero Antic:At the end of the game when the Hawks were having trouble getting stops and controlling the boards, I was confused as to why Pero Antic wasn’t on the floor. Pero nine points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes and the Hawks could have really used his spacing and defense for the stretch in the fourth quarter where the Bulls were doing whatever they wanted. Hard to imagine that “The Hawks needed more Pero Antic to win” would have been a thing before the season started, isn’t it? 8.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: A solid 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals from DeMarre. That’s exactly the kind of nights the Hawks need from the small forward. Also, as with every game, DeMarre had a dumb play in transition that was very facepalm worthy. Regardless, still a good overall night from the Junkyard Dog. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Horford’s absence is seemingly having a strong effect on Kyle’s offense. Teams have been able to keep him locked down since Al went down, and that doesn’t really come as a surprise. Without Horford, it’s going to be a lot harder for Korver to continue to find ways to get open on a consistent basis. 6/10 Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 45-37 (5th in East)z-bulls

Playoff Result: Lost in Second Round

Key Additions: Derrick Rose (from injury), Mike Dunleavy (free agency), Tony Snell (draft)

Key Losses: Nate Robinson (free agency), Marco Belinelli (free agency), Derrick Rose return date jokes

Projected 2013-14 Record: 54-28 (3rd in East)*

What to Expect: If there’s anything to expect from the Bulls, it’s lock-down, terrifyingly good defense. Derrick Rose, no Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau’s Bulls are an elite defensive team that makes a struggling Rose-less offense obsolete. Last year’s Bulls were 6th in DRTG per Basketball-Reference, the year before second and in 2011 first. But with Rose’s return this upcoming season, Jimmy Butler improving and Chicago adding a couple of floor-spacers, their stifling defense will likely now be backed up with a very star-driven offense – making for a scary prospect.

It would be unjust to say this team won’t be contending this season, with no real glaring flaws to be addressed. Spacing issues aren’t nearly as drastic as they once were with this team. The returning Rose has no rust to shake off, as far as we’ve seen in the pre-season. There are health questions, with Noah and Rose both with their fair share of injuries in recent years, but a lot of which are isolated incidents and in reality it could happen to any team. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Bulls 97, Hawks 58

Raj Prashad —  January 15, 2013

FINAL

CHI(21-15) 97 – 58 (21-16) ATL

Key Performers:

A. Horford (ATL): 6 pts, 11 reb, 1 ast, 2 stls
C. Boozer (CHI): 20 pts, 13 reb, 3 asts, 1 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Monday night, it was nearly a historically pitiful performance for the Atlanta Hawks against the Chicago Bulls. Atlanta scored 20 points in the first half, setting a franchise record for fewest points scored. The Hawks scored just five points in the second quarter, narrowly missing the Los Angeles Clippers’ NBA record of 19 in a half. Chicago held Atlanta to a franchise low points allowed in the game and it was the second lowest output in Hawks franchise history (Shot Clock Era). So, there’s that.:

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Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith, known for his defense and ability to control the game in transition, was virtually nonexistent. Carlos Boozer worked him all night long in the post, as Josh notched nine points on 14 shots and the forward limped to 26 minutes of play on the evening. It was a tough night from the opening tip as Smith played all 12 minutes of the first quarter and the Bulls opened an 11-point lead, setting the tone for the game.  4/10

Al Horford: If there was any silver lining in the game, Horford played well on both ends of the court. Out of 28 points scored in the paint over the first half, Horford allowed Bulls center, Joakim Noah to score only four of them as he controlled the paint and matched up well with the big. Big Al scored six points and grabbed 11 rebounds, holding Noah to nine and 16, respectively. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle showed up and did what he does nightly– took shots and played some sort of defense. Korver wasn’t aggressive, though, taking only five shots and he let Luol Deng walk all over him. Deng hasn’t been talked about much this season, but is a vital piece to the Chicago offense, and he showed it, dropping 18 points on the Hawks. 5/10

Devin Harris: Since returning to the floor against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Harris has been wildly inconsistent. He was originally expected to face a minutes restriction, which was thrown out the window once he made any impact whatsoever. And after scoring 24 and eight in the previous two games, Devin went scoreless with three fouls and two turnovers. He also had a cheap shot on former Hawk, Kirk Hinrich, with the game out of hand. 2/10

Jeff Teague: As a point guard for a contending team, it is Teague’s responsibility to slow the pace when necessary and set the offense up. He played solid on defense, but his inability to control the offense and RUN A SET (especially in the second quarter) added onto Atlanta’s miserable night.  4/10 Continue Reading…

In an effort to play more up-tempo from the start, Larry Drew is starting Lou Williams tonight at shooting guard vs. the Bulls. The rest of the lineup will be Teague, Korver, Smith, and Horford. This will be Lou’s first start in the NBA since the 2009-10 season when he was with Philadelphia.

It’s hard to argue with adjustment. Chicago plays a great defensive game under Tom Thibodeau, and putting Lou Williams in with Teague should keep the ball-movement at a maximum, while also show-casing Lou’s driving abilities.

This goes against my suggestion of starting Zaza, but it’s based on the same principle: creating a mismatch. My idea was more about creating one defensively, and LD decided to go with the offensive tweak. We’ll see how it works.

Some more nuggets from this game:

  •  This will be the first matchup between brother Jeff and Marquis Teague in the NBA. Marquis is a backup guard for Chicago.
  •  Of course, the more premier matchup will be between former Gators Al Horford and Joakim Noah. They won two national titles at Florida and always seem to take their best efforts against each other. It should be fun to watch.
  •  TI is doing a halftime show and is giving away free downloads and other stuff. All I got was his entourage blocking my car when I was in the media parking lot.