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The Atlanta Hawks dropped their second game in a row since the All-Star break ended, losing 105-86 against the Orlando Magic on Saturday evening. Terrence Ross led the Magic with 24 points while Nikola Vučević added 16 points and 14 rebounds. For the Hawks, THJ led the way with 15 points while Dwight Howard, Dennis Schröder, Paul Millsap and Taurean Prince (who was probably the only bright spark from last night) all scored 11 points each.

Bad Q3 leads to another blowout

The Hawks found themselves in an 11 point hole early in this game but did very well in the second quarter to not only to fight back but to take nine point lead for themselves. The defense was rolling, it looked like the Hawks had figured out their issues. But then Dwight Howard picked up his third personal foul with 4:23 left in the half and the Magic proceeded with a 16-5 run to take a three point lead into the half with Dwight picking up a fourth foul before the half ended.

“I thought the loose ball foul just under the five minute mark was tough. We were up nine. He gets the rebound and goes back up and we are up 11. Then they just beat us to a couple rebounds and another foul and they drive it and he gets his fourth. Them getting to the free-throw line was a big part of that 16-5 run.”

— Coach Mike Budenholzer

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The Atlanta Hawks dropped their first game after the All-Star break in spectacular fashion, falling to a 108-90 home defeat against the Miami Heat. Tyler Johnson led the way for the Heat with 23 points off the bench on 9-of-11 shooting while Goran Dragić added 17 points. Paul Millsap, probably the only Hawks who actually played well, scored 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 19 of those coming in the first half. Were it not for these 19 points in the first half, the Hawks would’ve easily been trailing by 25 points at least…

New faces, same old Hawks…

New Hawk Ersan Ilyasova couldn’t help the Hawks overcome their Achilles heel last night: defending the three-point line.

The Heat became the sixth team this season to set a season-high in three-point makes with 17 as the Heat shot 17-of-37 from behind the arc, 46%. It was truly something else watching the Heat shoot open three after open three. In fact, just over 30% of the Heat’s three-point shots were open, 14% — as classified by NBA.com — were open (the closest defender is 4-6 feet away from the shooter) and 16% of the Heat’s three-pointers were wide open — again, classified by NBA.com — (closest defender, 6-10 feet).

This is just not acceptable for what the Hawks are trying to achieve and where they’re trying to go. Time after time after time they’ve let teams ignite from three. Hey, guess what? Professional basketball players can make wide open three-pointers.

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Happy Friday! This Week in the Hawks Episode 10 is here for your listening pleasure. Bo Churney of FanBuzz joins me as we discuss the trade deadline and the moves the Hawks made: Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Scott and the reported efforts the Hawks made to try acquire Paul George and Jimmy Butler. We also talked about the Hawks’ decision to fill their two free roster spots with Lamar Patterson and Ryan Kelly, who were signed to deals on Friday too and the breaking news of Dennis Schröder’s one game suspension against the Miami Heat on Friday.

Thanks again to Bo for hopping on and thank you for listening! If you enjoyed, a share on Twitter is always appreciated.

PhilipsArena.com

A quick ‘before we get things started’ note: the figures that I discuss, such as average ticket price, come from official Atlanta Hawks pocket/media guides (media guides prior to 2010-11 can be found here) and these revealed (under the ‘Philips Arena’ section) what the average ticket price for each area in the arena, as such, was.

Example from the 2013-14 season Hawks media guide (the Hawks removed this information in their media guides from the 2015-16 season onwards):


On November 1st 2016, the Atlanta Hawks and the city of Atlanta announced plans to renovate Philips Arena which are expected to cost $192.5 million, with the city of Atlanta pledging $142.5 million while the Hawks would come up with the remaining $50 million.

As you can see, the Hawks have grand plans to make Philips Arena the place to be on an almost nightly basis and, if the team is any good, the arena will really draw the people in. You also have the likes of Sir Foster, who provides a one of a kind experience, as well as the Hawks’ legendary 3D court projections and these, in addition to all the other factors, may lead to more people wanting to become season ticket holders, thus increasing demand. And, as we know, when the demand for something is high it drives the price up and the Hawks are, perhaps, trying to get an early start on this process by raising ticket prices for next season.

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Happy Friday and happy All-Star break!

Episode 9 of This Week in the Hawks covers a whole range of lovely topics including:

  • Mike Budenholzer confirming that Paul Millsap will not be traded
  • Some Larry Sanders talk
  • The Hawks looking to add talent ahead of the trade deadline, what they need and what’s out there
  • Game recaps from the Hawks’ three game Western Conference road trip
  • And some team and player stats from the last five games

Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed, perhaps consider giving this an ‘aul ReTweet and apologies again for any audio issues, still figuring out the kinks of a new setup. You know how it goes.

Happy Friday! Episode 8 of This Week in the Hawks is now available for your listening pleasure, if you can call it that.

In the final push before the All-Star break, I talk about:

  • Lamar Patterson being signed to a second 10 day contract and why I’m worried for him
  • The Hawks “changing course” with Thabo Sefolosha’s rehab
  • Trade chatter
  • Game recaps from the week
  • Stats from the last five games and where the Hawks rank in relation
  • Twitter questions including Tiago Splitter, the Hawks’ position in the East and how ticket sales/arena renovations may have forced ownership to step in
  • A look ahead to the Hawks’ three game Western Conference road trip that will carry the Hawks into the All-Star break

Thanks for listening, if you have any questions for the show feel free to leave them either in a comment here or to my Twitter (@Graham_Chapple). If you enjoyed, consider perhaps sharing on Twitter or Facebook, helps get the word around.

Have a safe weekend!

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The Hawks got back to winning ways on Wednesday night with a 117-106 victory against the Denver Nuggets at Philips Arena. In the absence of Emmanuel Mudiay and Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 24 points while Nikola Jokić added 18 points and 15 rebounds. For the Hawks, they were led by Paul Millsap’s 23 points while Dennis Schröder added a double-double of his own, 24 points and 10 assists.

Finishing the right way

The Hawks had built a 20 point lead over the Nuggets in the third quarter but the Nuggets would comeback and make things a little interesting for the Hawks. Their fourth quarter high 12 point lead had been whittled down to just four points (105-109) with 2:56 remaining in the game and in possession of the ball. Gary Harris missed a three-pointer that would’ve cut the lead down to just one point and that’s when Paul Millsap took matters into his own (“f***ing amazing”) hands scoring on the following trip plus the foul.

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(stats courtesy of NBA.com and are correct as of February 7th/prior to fixtures on February 8th)

On Wednesday February 8th, Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reported that Thabo Sefolosha would miss his sixth straight game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday evening with a left groin strain that he aggravated in the blowout loss to the Washington Wizards on January 27th. No matter what injury you carry, missing six straight games is no joke and we’ve officially moved into the “O.K., now I’m actually worried” phase with Thabo here with coach Bud telling reporters, prior to Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz, that the Hawks were looking to “change course” when it came to Sefolosha, and again on Wednesday (via Chris Vivlamore).

“Every game or every day we were ramping him up and seeing if he could get ready and if he would be available. I think we are backing off how much we ramp him up and maybe say let’s take a few days and a few games and see if the less workload and less ramp up can that get him to where he is ready to go here shortly.” — Coach Mike Budenholzer

When you have to “change course” when it comes to rehabilitation…that’s never a good thing.

The Hawks have dearly missed what Sefolosha brings to the table and, while Tim Hardaway Jr. has done a very admirable job in place of Sefolosha, the Hawks have been worse off without Thabo.

The most obvious thing the Hawks have missed in Thabo’s absence is his defense. The Hawks rank in the top five in defensive rating (103.3) for a reason and Thabo is a huge reason why. If you look at the stats for all the different lineups defensively, you’ll see Thabo at the top of pretty much all of them. Let’s go through some.

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The Atlanta Hawks brushed aside the Orlando Magic, 113-86, on Saturday evening at Philips Arena in a wire-to-wire victory. The Magic were led by Aaron Gordon’s 16 points while both Jeff Green and Elfrid Payton added 12 points. For the Hawks, five players scored in double digits, Paul Millsap leading the way with 21 points in three quarters.

Dennis Schröder registered a double-double, 17 points and 10 assists, one of which was an absolute beauty.

Oh, yes.

Hawks’ heavy lifting in first half leads them to victory

How long have folks wanted to see the Hawks actually start a game with energy? Well, fans got their wish last night, the Hawks flew out the traps, making 13 of their first 15 shots. The Hawks quickly ran out to a 13-4 lead forcing Magic coach Frank Vogel into a timeout, one of the many timeouts he would call in the first half. The Hawks would finish the first quarter with 35 points on 68% shooting while assisting on 12 of their 15 made baskets. For reference, the Hawks registered just 13 total assists last Wednesday against the Miami Heat, so it was good to see the ball moving as it was.

The Hawks built upon their 11 point lead in the second quarter, stretching it to 17 points by the 5:30 mark before making a 20 point game and then, just to cap off a great half for the Hawks on both sides of the floor, the Hawks ended the quarter on a 9-0 run behind a Tim Hardaway Jr. three-pointer to take a 26 point lead into the locker room at the half.

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