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The Hawks picked up their fifth straight victory over a playoff team on Tuesday night by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 107-104. The Hawks have 14 of 15 games after a 7-6 start to the season.

“In these last couple of weeks, we’ve shown improvement on the defensive end of the floor,” said head coach Mike Budenholzer. “As far as the thing we point to the most, the fact that we have different guys who step up every night and make big plays throughout the game. We’ve got a good team.”

Atlanta took a quick lead in the first quarter behind 18 points in the paint and a balanced scoring effort from the starters. The Hawks then stretched their lead out to as many as 10 in the second quarter before the Clippers came roaring back, responding with a 17-0 run to give L.A. a 47-40 lead with four minutes to go in the half. The Clippers increased their lead to as many as 10 before Paul Millsap hit a couple of free throws to close the half with 57-50 ATL deficit.

Things looked extremely bleak to start the second half, as the Clippers opened with back-to-back 3-pointers from Chris Paul and a put-back dunk from DeAndre Jordan to extend their lead to 13 within a couple of minutes. The Hawks sustained the blows, however, as Al Horford hit a couple of jumpers and DeMarre Carroll exploded for 10 points in the quarter to revitalize the Atlanta crowd and help whittle the Clipper lead down to just two points by the end of the quarter. Continue Reading…

After Bruce Levenson announced he would be selling his stake in the Atlanta Hawks back in September, the franchise’s future has been in flux. Former Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins has interest in buying the team, as well as former NBA star Chris Webber. The mayor of Atlanta has said he would like the team to be sold by the end of the year, which means we may see a resolution to the ownership issues in the coming months.

Professional sports franchises have sold for astronomical amounts recently, so many have wondered how much the Hawks would sell for. A post from MidLevelExceptional.com stated that Atlanta could be the franchise that bucks this recent spike in price, using low attendance as a reason for a lower price.

When it comes to NBA franchises and their price tags, there are two recent examples when it comes to buying and selling. The Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million back in April, after being valued at just $405 million by Forbes. The Clippers have just recently sold to professional hype man Steve Ballmer, and their price reached a record  $2 billion. They were valued at just $575 million, which shows how overvalued franchises have become in professional sports.

So will the Hawks reverse the trend?

According to Sports Business Journal, it doesn’t seem likely.The SBJ is reporting that the Hawks will sell for a minimum of $750 million, and that price has the chance to rise to the $1 billion mark. Valued at just $425 million, that would mean the trend would indeed continue with Atlanta carrying the baton.

Despite low attendance and being a nationally maligned team, there are a few things to remember when it comes to the sale of the Hawks. First off, there are only 30 teams in the NBA. That means only 30 individuals in the world can call themselves a majority owner in the NBA. Secondly, the league is growing both financially and globally. They recently signed a gigantic nine-year, $24 billion TV deal with Turner and ESPN, giving the league an unprecedented amount of money for the right to broadcast their games. There is real value to owning a franchise in the NBA.

It is important to remember that this is not the same ol’ Hawks. This team is starting to make real strides both on and off the court. With Mike Budenholzer as head coach, the system is aesthetically pleasing to watch, and should soon start to attract more fans. With the combination of two of the top 30 players in the league and legitimate depth, the Hawks could be in for a special season. They also are installing some state of the art arena operations — like a new scoreboard and player introductions.

As potential owners start to be revealed, and the ownership problem begins to end, you can expect the price to be on par with the recent purchases in professional sports. Although they may not be going for $2 billion, $750 million is certainly nothing to scoff at.

In his interview with the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin mentioned that the Hawks have no shortage of potential buyers.

“I had over seven phone calls directly today from multi-billionaires,” Koonin said. “It blew my mind some of the people who wrote me today.”

Levenson does not own a majority of the team, but he does own a large enough percentage to be labeled as the “controlling owner” and has been the Hawks’ representative in NBA owners meetings. The main ownership group of the Hawks, formerly known as the Atlanta Spirit, consists of Levenson and six other partners.

The news that the Hawks have a lot of interest on the market is good news for Hawks fans. The common opinion of fans around Atlanta is a general disapproval of the ownership group, stemming from the team’s recent sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, and due to the group’s general lack of identity and relationship with the city of Atlanta. Continue Reading…

FINAL

LAC(44-20) 109 – 108 (26-35)ATL

Key Performers:
B. Griffin (LAC): 27 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast
K. Korver (ATL): 17 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Another depressing loss for the Hawks, who just can’t seem to catch a lucky break over this stretch of 14 losses in 15 games. The Hawks were doing well in the first half — forcing turnovers and making the extra pass — but definitely left the Clippers open far too often. In the second half, it was more of the Blake Griffin show, as Griffin bullied his way to a game-high 27 points against whoever the Hawks threw at him. The Hawks still had a chance to win or tie late, however, but Jeff Teague missed a free throw with 1.2 seconds left that doomed the Hawks.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Once again, Millsap’s defensive presence was welcomed back as he was forcing a lot of turnovers (five steals), but in the man-to-man concept, he could not contain Blake Griffin; Blake is just too big and too athletic for Millsap, who boasts decent size and ability himself. On the other end, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan also did a good job at keeping Millsap away from the rim. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff… Jeffrey… just… how? Jeff had a nice floater to tie the game at 107, but with the chance to tie the game and likely head into overtime, Teague choked on the first free throw by missing, then again on the second by inadvertently making it. (he actually banked it in!) For his entire game, there wasn’t much to be impressed with, as to put it simply, Jeff Teague is not as good as Chris Paul. 4/10

Pero Antic: Pero was re-inserted back into the starting lineup, finally giving the Hawks their regular post-Horford injury lineup for the first time since January. Pero was a key offensive player, as he scored 16 points and made three three-pointers, forcing the Clippers to extend out to the arc to cover him. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre actually did extremely well, scoring 19 points on 14 shots. However, even with that efficient performance, I’m still not sold on DeMarre Carroll being the team’s leading shot taker. Sure, it almost worked here, but the point is that the team shouldn’t be at a point to where it is looking at DeMarre to make things happen off of the dribble. 7/10

Kyle Korver: Believe it or not, the Clippers did a good job and keeping Korver contained for most of the game. Kyle did have 17 points, but he only took seven shots, making six. Some may see this as a failure, but keeping Korver to just seven shots when he’s hitting like that is actually better than you might thing. Kyle was also making a lot of the right passes, coming up with six assists against only two turnovers. 7.5/10 Continue Reading…

The injured Hawks started their west coast road trip with a loss against the Phoenix Suns. While losing to the Suns is not a bad thing these days, it’s the overall picture that makes it a rough loss. The Hawks have lost 11 of their last 12 largely due to injuries and tired legs. February and March is a rough time for any NBA team. Throw in injuries and you’re gonna have some problems. That’s why this upcoming road trip is so huge for the Hawks. They don’t have to win every single game, but a single win over the next three could go a long way.

It won’t be an easy road with the Hawks playing in Portland tonight to take on the Blazers. While Portland has appeared to have fallen back down to earth a bit, they are still one of the better teams in the NBA using an arsenal of – point shooters. They use LaMarcus Aldridge and his mid-range shooting ability to space the floor for their 3-point shooters. The Blazers problem is their defense is far from good and their bench isn’t that great.

Were the Hawks at full strength I’d say they had a really good chance at winning and possibly even be the favorites. However, no Horford, Millsap likely out, no Antic, and no Ayon, leaves them in a tight spot. They finally have three big men on the roster, but they’ve gone from having two all stars, a serviceable vet in Elton Brand, and a serviceable rookie to playing the vet major minutes while trying to scrape by on big men that were at the end of the bench earlier in the season. That is not an ideal situation for any team. Continue Reading…

FINAL

       LAC(12-7) 97 – 107 (10-10) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 25 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, 3 blk
B. Griffin (LAC): 24 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks came ready to play tonight, that’s for sure. The Clippers didn’t make a single three in the first half and they had trouble keeping Paul Millsap under control from destroying them all game long. While a late Clippers run closed it to 79-74 with 11 minutes to go, the late efforts weren’t enough as the Hawks piled a nice lead back on and closed the game out with ease. I’ll be honest, it was nice having a game that didn’t go until 0.4 seconds left. I still have fingernails to chew on.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: On a night where Big Al was 2-for-10 outside of the paint, he provided a solid presence down low. While he wasn’t main course of the Hawks “meal” this evening, he was certainly my favorite side dish. Lil’ Tito (Because I’m new here at HH, I’d like to warn you that I tend to call Al Horford “Lil’ Tito” more often than not) had a relatively quiet 21 points and 9 boards in a night where only had one turnover and also recorded a defensive rebound while sitting down. True story. 7.5/10

Jeff Teague: Five personal fouls tonight for Teague in a game where he only attempted five shots. Yikes. He had four turnovers in the game, but, in my opinion, only two of them were really his fault. One pass mishandled by Korver and a silly offensive foul (where I think Jamal Crawford just slipped) don’t count in my box score. Oh, and his pick-and-roll defense was sub-par tonight (Hint: I used “sub-par” because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings). Other than that, Jeffrey scored six points and dropped six dimes. He had a nice isolation three pointer that impressed me, but other than that, he was “eh” in a game where he didn’t need to be great. 4.5/10

Paul Millsap: Trill recognize trill, as it has been all season for Paul Millsap. The 9.5 million dollar man battled it out with Blake Griffin (until Blake got scared and had Jared Dudley switch over). In what I believe to be his second-best game of the year, Millsap put up a very solid stat line of 25 points (on 60% shooting), nine boards, six assists, three blocks, and one steal. I’m going to dock him just a touch because of what Blake Griffin did on the other end, but you have to tip your hat to Blake for making some tough, awkward shots down low. 8.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: The Junk Yard Dog was must’ve been feeling trashy tonight because he was in his element all night long. He made both of his three-point attempts and shot 4-for-6 overall. 12 points and seven rebounds is exactly what I want to see from DeMarre. He must’ve read Bo’s recap of the Spurs game, because his transition game was flawless. Well, flawless as in “he didn’t have any chances to over-dribble”. Actually, he didn’t have any fastbreak chances at all. He also shot a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line, something Paul Millsap can’t say tonight (0-for-2). 6/10

Kyle Korver:The Streak is back! The Streak is one away from owning the record! The Streak is the only reason Kyle’s father came to watch his game tonight! While the last statement is probably, no, make that definitely not true, what is true is that “The Streak” is a nickname I am seriously considering. It was just another hot shooting night for Korver, hitting six treys and scoring 23 points. Ho hum. He still needed 51 more points to catch his mom’s career high. So, with that information handy, do we consider tonight’s performance a family failure? All jokes aside, Kyle played a very nice game and his hands were all over the place, as per usual. He’ll go for the record on Friday as he tries to make it his 90th consecutive game with a triple. 7/10 Continue Reading…

HH Team Preview: LA Clippers

Chris Barnewall —  September 17, 2013

2012-13 Record: 56-26 (4th in West)z-clippers

Playoff Result: Lost in First Round

Key Additions: Chris Paul (re-signed), JJ Redick (trade), Jared Dudley (trade), Doc Rivers (coach)

Key Losses: Eric Bledsoe (trade), Caron Butler (trade)

Predicted 2013-14 Record: 58-24 (1st in West)*

What to Expect: The Clippers made some big splashes this offseason. The additions of JJ Redick and Jared Dudley improved their team immensely, but they still have some problems. While the offense is going to be hot fire, the defense is going to suffer at times. The team will be able to rain 3s and move the ball with ease, but how will all these players mesh with their new coach in Doc Rivers? They also have a bench to be concerned with.

It is in my opinion that no team made a better trade over this offseason than the Clippers when they traded Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler for JJ Redick and Jared Dudley. Two incredibly efficient players, Dudley had an effective Field Goal percentage last season of 54% and Redick had an eFG% of 52%. The two can absolutely stroke it from 3 and are awesome off the ball. They are going to add a lot of movement to the Clippers this season and that’s got to make Chris Paul happy. They aren’t other worldly defenders but Redick and Dudley decent enough on defense. Redick will chase your man all over the court with his speed and Dudley will use his strength to matchup with anybody that tries to overpower him. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 104, Clippers 93

Bo Churney —  November 25, 2012

FINAL

LAC(8-5) 93 – 104 (8-4) ATL

Key Performers:

Z. Pachulia (ATL) 19 pts, 12 rebs, 3 asts
B. Griffin (LAC): 22 pts, 11 rebs, 7 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

This was easily the best game the Hawks have played all year, which isn’t entirely reflected in the final score. Atlanta outscored LA 64-36 in the middle two frames, fueled mostly by Jeff Teague, Zaza, and, for the third quarter, an efficient (!) Josh Smith. The Hawks are now on a five-game winning streak.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Hardly played in the first half due to a classic “Horford Treatment” case. However, it appears to have worked, as he scored all of his 17 points (on 7-8 shooting) in the 2nd half. And then there was this… 8/10

Al Horford: It’s hard to back up 26/13 in this league, but he could have played better. He let Blake punk him a couple of times early, but Al kept mostly kept Blake out on the perimeter later, where Griffin was still making shots. He still looks timid pulling the trigger on jumpers this year, which I hope gets straightened out sooner rather than later. 5/10

Zaza Pachulia: Zaza missed two free throws late to deny him a 20-10 game, so I’m kind of disappointed in him… (not really) 10/10

Jeff Teague: Friday’s and Saturday’s games are JT’s first back-to-back double-doubles of his career. He had 19 points and 11 assists against the Clippers. However, he also had a couple of nice passes to fellow Wake Forest alum Chris Paul. (and five TOs total) Still, Jeff was aggressive for most of the night, which is usually tons better than the alternative. 8/10 Continue Reading…