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Via today’s press release from the team:

“ATLANTA, GA —– Atlanta Hawks guard John Jenkins underwent successful lower back surgery this morning. The surgery was performed by Dr. Hal Silcox from the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic.

Jenkins will undergo a period of rest and recovery, followed by treatment and rehabilitation, and will miss the remainder of the season.

The second-year guard appeared in 13 contests this season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes.

Back surgery is no joke, so hopefully John will be able to fully recover and be able to resume his career in a normal manner. In terms of the team, this isn’t the worst thing in the world, as Jenkins would still be buried in the rotation if he were healthy.

I predicted big things for Dennis Schröder at the start of the season. With the Hawks announcing that Schröder will be assigned to the NBA Development League, I’m sure a lot of people, including Schröder himself, must be disappointed. They shouldn’t be, because the D-League is exactly what Schröder needs to take the next step in his career.

I watched the D-League extensively last year due to my fascination with Royce White, so allow me to make a few observations. The D-League has a scarcity of size because most big men who can play at that level already have multiple contract offers overseas. Front court players toiling in the D-League are typically either draft picks on assignment or players who do not wish to play overseas.

As such, the fact that Mike Scott was sent down last season and lit the D-League up doesn’t prove much. There simply isn’t much NBA-caliber post defense to be found. What Schröder will encounter, however, are a bunch of undersized scoring guards (think Jared Cunningham) who are trying to prove themselves on every possession. This actually makes a D-League assignment highly beneficial for Schröder because all he needs is to tighten up his handle and stop committing so many turnovers.

Send John Jenkins down to the D-League and it won’t necessarily help because D-League teams aren’t any better at guarding the 3-point line than the Hawks are. But Schröder will face a number of lightning-quick guards, all of whom have something to prove against any player with an NBA contract. Scott wouldn’t benefit as much. He needs to keep getting lit up in 4th quarters by players like Boris Diaw until he figures NBA defense out.

2012-13 Record: 45-37 (7th in West)z-lakers

Playoff Result: Lost in First Round

Key Additions: Chris Kaman (free agent), Nick Young (free agent), Wes Johnson (free agent)

Key Losses: Dwight Howard (free agent), Metta World Peace (amnesty), Earl Clark (free agent)

Projected 2013-14 Record: 35-47 (11th in West)*

What to Expect: So much of LA’s season depends on when Kobe Bryant comes back from his Achilles injury and if he can still contribute at the highest level like we are so accustomed of seeing from him.

Just my thoughts on the matter: Kobe will be slowed a little bit, but he’ll still easily have the game to be a high-scoring player. His post game was as good as we’ve ever seen from a guard last year, and I expect him to be more reliant on that than ever. However, his ability to get to the basket will definitely be effected. I think he ends up with less free throws and buckets around the rim than in the past, but he’ll still have enough post and mid-range game to get his 20-plus points per game. Continue Reading…

Everything seemed to be going well in the first half. Not only did the Hawks have a 41-31 lead, but the rooks and second year guys were doing a lot of good things. Schröder was active in both shooting and passing, finishing the half with 11 points and four assists. John Jenkins, who was still acting as the number one option, actually started off strong with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting.

Nogueira was in early foul trouble – the Summer League tournament games are reduced from 10 to six fouls – but the team of Mikes in Muscala and Scott did more than enough to pick up the slack; the two were playing well within the control of Schröder’s offense and were defending and rebound at a more than acceptable rate. Hell, even Jared Cunningham had a couple of beautiful dimes.

Then the shots decided to stop falling.

After a 15-for-31 performance from the field in the first half, the Hawks went 10-44 in the second half and overtime. Schröder was still running the offense well and getting open looks, but Jenkins and Scott couldn’t convert. Nogueira also had trouble finishing some looks around the rim, but his pick-and-roll defense and rim-protection (four blocks) were definitely the highlights.

Mike Scott finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. Muscala wound up with a team-high 12 boards, which means I get to post this.

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The Hawks’ next game is on Friday at 6PM EDT against the Sacramento Kings.

The Hawks had the late night game on Sunday, playing the Miami Heat’s summer squad. There was a decent amount of excitement in the Cox Pavilion preparing to watch the rookie duo of Schröder and Nogueira again, and they weren’t disappointing.

In the first quarter the Hawks offense got off to a very slow starting, not scoring their first field goal until Sergiy Gladyr hit a three with 4:56 left. Up to that point, the team was getting solid play from the defense. Schröder was swarming, forcing the opposing point guards into coughing the ball up. The looks the team had been getting were open, but the scoreboard still said 9-1. The Gladyr three took the lid off the rim however, as it led to the Hawks scoring 11 points in the last 5 minutes to be down 16-12.
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The Hawks’ Summer League roster got a boost before the game started with the announcement of Lucas Nogueira being cleared my FIBA.

They carried that momentum for the first quarter, starting off with the Mike Scott-John Jenkins two-man game that the two second year players have worked on relentlessly. The crowd was then treated to a passing display between ATL’s new rookies in Dennis Schröder and Nogueira, who showed a soft touch on the dimes out of the high-post. A combination of mostly Lucas dunks and Jenkins jumpers gave the Hawks a 24-22 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

That progress was soon halted, however. The Clipper started a fury in the transition game, led by Samardo Samuels and DaJuan Summers. It wasn’t quite lob city, but LA used a series of turnovers to run and get easy dunks. A 28-4 run gave the Clippers a 55-37 halftime advantage. The Hawks couldn’t quite recover from this singular run, and eventually dropped the game, 90-83.

The second half gave us some of the most positive highlights from the Hawks in the form of the Schröder-Nogueira pick-and-roll. Lucas showed his best offensive skill in cutting to the basket, and even threw down a thunderous alley-oop on Samuels. Continue Reading…

hh-logo-DRAFTAs big a fan as I may be of the hiring of Danny Ferry and the new direction of the Atlanta Hawks, I have one main axe to grind: the selection of John Jenkins in last year’s NBA Draft. In Part I of this series I included some notes on incumbent players. My notes on Jenkins were, to put it mildly, unflattering.

The reason I was and remain disappointed in the selection of Jenkins is because last year, like this year, the draft had good depth. Jenkins was universally projected as a second round pick and I felt several players picked after him, including two of Jenkins’ former teammates at Vanderbilt, had a better chance to be long-term contributors at the NBA level. Festus Ezeli is completely undeveloped on the offensive end but has the size, athleticism and instincts to guard the best centers in the game, as he showed in the playoffs against Tim Duncan. Meanwhile, it’s too early to say if Jeff Taylor will stick as a rotation NBA player, but his defensive potential is worlds better than Jenkins’.

To understand why I prefer players like Taylor over Jenkins, please take a few moments to peruse this excellent analysis by former SI.com and current Grantland writer Zach Lowe. Today’s NBA game has become hugely dependent on the 3-point shot. But streaky volume shooters who can’t guard their position (Jenkins, Jannero Pargo, Willie Green) are a dime a dozen. What’s rare and precious is to find players who can both shoot with accuracy and guard NBA wings. The discovery of two such talents, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, has extended the Spurs’ championship window by years. Continue Reading…

FINAL

PHI(31-47) 101 – 124 (43-36)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Smith (ATL): 28 pts, 12 reb, 4 asts
St. T. Young (PHI): 28 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I’m going to sound a lot like Larry Drew here, but this was one of the most complete efforts by the Hawks this season. Thaddeus Young was getting everything that he wanted, but that did not discourage the Hawks at all. Admittedly, the defense could be better, but the Hawks shot 53% from the field, were 18-for-19 from the line, and had a total of 34 assists on 49 made baskets. And finally, one of my favorite stats of the night: the bench scored 53 points, one of their highest totals of the season.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Yes, Smoove was hitting his jumpers (he was 4-for-7 on those), but he was also extremely patient with his moves in the paint. Usually he either goes completely aggressive or totally passive, ending up in a completely erratic night from Josh. Not today; he knew when to attack, and when to hold up. The 28-12-4 line was one of his best of the season, but he could have been a little stronger in trying to contain Thaddeus Young. (hence the -0.5) 9.5/10

Al Horford: Al didn’t really do anything notable… and he still ended up with 16 points and nine rebounds. He was extremely quiet in the first half, but he got some good looks off the pick-and-roll in the third quarter. With the effort, he’s still on pace to be the first Hawk to average a double-double since Dikembe Mutombo did it at the turn of the millennium. 8.5/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle’s streak marches on to 71 games, but this is the first game that I can think of where the team schemed to get him a three-pointer for the sake of extending the streak. After missing on his only three-point attempt in the first three quarters, Coach Drew placed Kyle back in the game in the fourth (with the team up by 20 or so) and had Kyle fire off two shots in a couple of minutes. I’m glad the streak continued, but he really wasn’t a factor in this game. 4/10

Devin Harris: Via John Schuhmann, the Hawks are now 23-9 (.719) when Devin Harris starts, 11-13 (.458) when he comes off the bench, & 9-14 (.391) when he doesn’t play. Gee, I believe somone wrote something about how aweseome Devin Harris has been this year… oh yeah, that was me. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Despite zero attempts from the free throw line for Jeff, he was still showing some aggressiveness on the court. He was able to get to the rim easily and transition, and made all of the right passes on the night, finishing 11 assists and zero turnovers. This was only Jeff’s fifth game of the season with zero turnovers. 8.5/10 Continue Reading…

Doctors confirmed earlier today that the injury in Lou Williams right knee is a torn ACL. He will miss the rest of the regular season.

Lou had become a great spark plug for the Hawks in his first year here, averaging over 14 points per game (mostly off the bench) on a career-high 3PT%. The injury will be a huge blow to the team, as Lou was 3rd in points and assists.

In his absence, the Hawks will likely rely on John Jenkins and Anthony Morrow, the latter being whenever A-Mo returns from his litany of injuries.

In other news, the Hawks starting lineup for tonight will be Teague, Korver, Smith, Horford, and Pachulia. Devin Harris will come off the bench to serve as the 2nd team’s primary ball-handler. DeShawn Stevenson is out after receiving a cortisone injection in his knee on before the game against Brooklyn. Horford will have no minutes limit after missing yesterday’s game.

For the Spurs, Manu Ginobili is out with a hamstring injury. Duncan is also being held out for rest.

FINAL

HOU (17-14) 123 – 104 (19-10) ATL

Key Performers:
C. Delfino (HOU): 22 pts, 4 rebs, 8 asts
A. Horford (ATL): 18 pts, 13 rebs, 4 asts, 1 stl

[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks, plagued by poor perimeter defense, allowed Carlos Delfino and James Harden to rain fire from outside the arc. Atlanta cut Houston’s lead to 5 in the fourth quarter, but Jeremy Lin’s stout defense and more defensive lapses from the Hawks enabled Delfino and the Rockets to put Atlanta away for good.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith’s strong defensive presence inside was one of the main reasons the Hawks were able to cut into the lead in the third quarter. He never played in the fourth as LD was resting Josh’s sore knee so he’d be available for tomorrow night, but 17 points and 7 rebounds in just 23 minutes isn’t too shabby. He also hit the jumpers he took, and while his shot selection wasn’t stellar, there’s no point with arguing the results. He was 5-12 from the field, but most of the misses, surprisingly, were within 15-feet. 6/10

Al Horford: Horford played a fantastic game as he initiated the offense early and was a beast on the boards. He hit his mid-range jumpers and played strong defense, but like Smith, he didn’t see any run in the 4th quarter. He played 31 minutes, and he was awesome in all 31. 9/10

Lou Williams: There are times when Lou Williams just cannot seem to miss. And for a stretch in the second half, it was one of those times. Lou caught fire from the perimeter and single-handedly resurrected a dead Atlanta offense. He came off of screens for his patented drifting three-pointers, he penetrated the lane for floaters and layups, and he seemed to cause quite a few Houston defensive breakdowns. He was the spark in this game, and had he played in the fourth quarter, the Hawks might have won this game– or at least seen a more friendly final score. 8/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza had one or two nice moments tonight, but for the most part, he was beat up inside by Greg Smith and Omer Asik. Both of those guys out-muscled and out-rebounded him in what was a difficult night for Pachulia. 2/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was a wreck to start the game, turning the ball over and missing from all over the field, but he initiated the Hawks second big 2nd half run. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, he was playing pesky defense, initiating the fast break, and finding open players. He finished with 9 assists on the night, but his 5 turnovers and 4-17 shooting line was the real story. Had he not struggled so much so early, Atlanta might have been in a better position going into the half.  5/10

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