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Monday afternoon’s game against the New York Knicks marked the Atlanta Hawks’ 41st game of the regular season, the halfway point of the Hawks’ regular season. It has certainly been a topsy-turvy 41 games to say the least and with the Hawks not in action until tomorrow, now seems like a good time to breakdown the Hawks’ season so far using a number of different headings and awards.

Team stats

Let’s go through the splits — and where in the league the Hawks rank — first and then we’ll have a lovely little chat about it.

(Stats courtesy of NBA.com and basketball-reference and are correct as of January 16th)

Record: 24-17 (4th in the East, 11 overall)

PPG: 103 (19th)

FG%: 45.6% (14th)

3PM: 9 (19th)

3P%: 34.6% (23rd)

FT%: 71.8% (28th)

RPG: 44 (13th)

ORPG (offensive rebounds per game): 10.6 (12th)

APG: 24.1 (6th)

SPG: 8.7 (3rd)

BPG: 5.1 (10th)

TOV: 15.5 (25th)

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It is done. The Atlanta Hawks announced today that swingman Kyle Korver is headed to Cleveland in a three player deal with the Cavaliers. The Hawks receive a future first round pick (2019, protected 1-10), forward Mike Dunleavy and guard Mo Williams.

Korver spent five seasons with the Hawks and averaged 10.7 points per game on 46% shooting from the field and 44.6% from three-point range. In his time with the Hawks, Korver set a then NBA record for most consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made with 127. Korver also made one All-Star appearance in his time with the Hawks in 2014.

Very quickly on the return for Korver: once fans get over the initial shock they will see that this is actually a decent deal for the Hawks. Korver was getting up there in age, was heading for free agency this summer (although I do believe he would’ve re-signed with the Hawks) and may have been heading for a payday that the Hawks might not have necessarily wanted to commit to (since Korver is 36 in March, even a two year deal would take him to 38).

In terms of what is heading to Atlanta with regards players, Mo Williams will not feature in the Hawks’ plans, Coach Bud made that clear today:

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The Atlanta Hawks keep on rolling. The Hawks dialled up their fifth consecutive victory after topping the New Orleans Pelicans 99-94 at the Smoothie King Arena on Thursday night. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 20 points and 19 rebounds while Jrue Holiday added another 18 points.

The Hawks traded who??

Ah… Not to spend too long on this subject, this isn’t exactly the place/article to do that (since it’s a game recap) but reports came flooding in last night — as the Hawks were warming up for this game — that a deal was being finalised to send Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kyle was quickly told of the trade.

As a result, Korver did not play in this game but it was great to see him still involved on the bench, cheering for his teammates. DeAndre’ Bembry played Korver’s minutes yesterday and he did well, scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting in 14 minutes.

Per Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, the locker room wasn’t a happy place to be postgame, despite the Hawks picking up their fifth straight win.

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The Atlanta Hawks racked up their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday night, defeating the Orlando Magic 111-92 at the Amway Center. The Magic were led by Jeff Green’s and Aaron Gordon’s 15 points apiece while Evan Fournier made his return — following a five game absence — with 14 points off the bench.

Revenge game and defense

They say elephants never forget. I have no idea who said that and why they said that but the Atlanta Hawks certainly didn’t forget December 13th, the day the Orlando Magic came into Atlanta and hung 131 points on the Hawks in a 131-120 loss for the Hawks. It certainly gave the Hawks motivation heading into Orlando on Wednesday night:

“For sure, we were a little (ticked) off.” — Dennis Schröder

Over the last three games prior to this game the Hawks’ defense has been pretty good, allowing 99.3 points per 100 possession. Last night the defense efficiency was 94.5 points per 100 possessions. The Hawks forced the Magic into some tough shots and their defensive intensity has certainly improved since these two teams last met.

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The Atlanta Hawks snapped an 11 game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs in a thrilling encounter at Philips Arena, the Hawks emerging with the 114-112 overtime victory. The win was also Coach Mike Budenholzer’s first victory against the Spurs (the team with whom he was an assistant coach for 19 years) and Gregg Popovich, his first in six attempts. The Spurs were led by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 27 points while Tony Parker added 22 points.

Bud finally beating Pop: The best win of the season? 

It has to be right up there with that Cavs game, right? Either way, it was definitely the best home win of the season…

Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a huge three-pointer (which we’ll get to) to tie the game up at 100 apiece before Kawhi Leonard missed a game winning shot and the game went to overtime.

This was agonising to watch live. The shot is halfway down and the roll could’ve gone in any direction, so you’re left in agonising suspense. I mean, check the replay and look how far down this shot was. That’s a tough break if you’re the Spurs.

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The Atlanta Hawks avenged the ghosts of Christmas past/December 2nd (the day the Hawks lost by 36 points at home to the Pistons) and knocked off the Detroit Pistons 105-98. The win is Atlanta’s second in succession and — given the Hawks’ yo-yo nature this season — their first back-to-back victories since November 15th (vs. Miami) and November 16th (vs. Milwaukee). The Pistons were led by a season high 22 points from The Tackle Box: Jon Leuer.

Season high from Korver and defense lifts Hawks to victory

Kyle Korver poured in a season high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting, with most of those 22 points off of two-pointers rather than threes.

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Korver’s 22 off the bench helped the Hawks’ bench outscore Detroit’s bench 38-15 which was huge for the Hawks. Per Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, when Kyle was asked what the difference was to this game and the last game the Pistons played, Dennis Schröder — at his own locker — said “Kyle Korver“.

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The Atlanta Hawks’ offense sputtered down the stretch as they dropped another home game to another team below .500, this time to the Minnesota Timberwolves (who were 8-19 heading into this game), 94-82. Karl-Anthony Towns posted a nasty double-double, 17 points and 18 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins scored a team high 19 points. Per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Towns is the first NBA player this season to record three consecutive games of at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game. The last player to do it was… Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014.

Offensive woes in final period

Despite a woeful start to this game (the Wolves quickly running out to 12-2 and 15-4 leads respectively), the Hawks — again without Dwight Howard — were in a decent position to win this game, tied at 80 apiece with 5:41 remaining in your own building. Thennnn… the offense broke down, the Hawks only scored four points the rest of the way while the Wolves scored 12 points to take them to victory, only their 10th victory of the season.

So, what happened? The Hawks could have easily won this game… what happened down the stretch? Let’s go through it chronologically.

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The Atlanta Hawks came through in the clutch to pick up a huge victory against the OKC Thunder — in OKC — 110-108 on Monday night. The Thunder will be disappointed, falling short despite 46 points from Russell Westbrook. For the Hawks, they bounce back following their home loss to OKC on December 5th and, more recently, their home loss against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday evening.

More lineup changes and a Paul Millsap clinic

Dwight Howard was a late scratch from this game with a sore back and Bud went with a different lineup in his absence this time around. When Dwight sat out against the Bucks on November 16th with a calf injury, Coach Bud inserted Mike Muscala into the starting lineup alongside Paul Millsap. This time Bud went with a different lineup: he went with Paul Millsap at center and surrounded him with wing players. Even before the Dwight news broke, we knew that Kent Bazemore was returning to the starting lineup. So, Baze started alongside Thabo Sefolosha and Kyle Korver with Paul Millsap starting at center.

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