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The Atlanta Hawks’ road trip hit a nasty bump as they were absolutely crushed 68-95 by the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Gordon Hayward scored a game high 24 points while George Hill added another 23 to the Utah cause as the Hawks’ starters combined for just 37 points.

Utah’s outstanding defense

Look, the Hawks’ offense wasn’t great, but a huge reason as to why that was the case was the amazing defensive display that the Utah Jazz produced. You know, sometimes you lose a game not purely because you didn’t play well but because the other team was simply better — this was the case last night. Gobert, Hood, Hill and company played an absolute blinder on the defensive end, holding the Hawks to season lows in scoring (68 points), 11 assists and field goal percentage (32%).

As Mike Conti of 92.9 The Game pointed out on Twitter, these numbers were not only season lows, but all time lows under Coach Mike Budenholzer (2013-present).

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Hawks Tune Out the Jazz

Bo Churney —  January 3, 2015

The Hawks started their three game road trip in Utah on Friday night and took care of the Utah Jazz by a score of 98-92.

Jeff Teague led the way for Atlanta with 26 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Teague got a lot of his work done early, scoring 18 in the first half with an array of drives to the basket and outside shots. He was a big reason why the Hawks were leading by as many as 19 in the opening quarter.

The Jazz were able to quickly fight back from that huge deficit, getting the Hawks’ lead down to as few as three in the second quarter. Utah’s Dante Exum, Trevor Booker, and Rudy Gobert were able to outpace the Hawks’ bench, with Booker providing some offense, Gobert the defense, and Exum a mix of both. Gobert, a 7′-1 center from France, had four blocks in the game.

Exum, a rookie from Australia, had a career game from off the bench. The number five pick from the 2014 Draft scored a career-high 13 points and also chipped in two assists and three steals. Exum’s length was somewhat problematic for Atlanta’s Dennis Schröder, which effectively disrupted the Hawks’ second unit and allowed Utah back into the game.

The two teams essentially traded runs in the second half, with the Hawks starting theirs first and stretching the lead to as many as 20. But once again, Utah’s second unit was able to fight back into the game and get the deficit back down to double digits. The Hawks potentially played Mike Scott to a fault here, as a lineup with him and Al Horford as the big man struggled to work against the length of Rudy Gobert. With Pero Antic an apparent healthy scratch, this would have been a good time to use the long and athletic Mike Muscala, but coach Budenholzer stuck with his guns and played with Horford and Scott. Continue Reading…

Hawks Workout Gobert

Bo Churney —  June 18, 2013

The Hawks decided to not make their draft workouts open to the media this year, but that doesn’t stop the potential prospects from taking to Twitter to let us know what’s going on.

Gobert’s draft stock has been up and down over the past several weeks, but you still can’t teach height. The 7’2″ Frenchman has a 9’7″ standing reach, which is one of the highest ever for an NBA player. It’s rumored that even if he’s drafted, Gobert will spend at least another season in Europe to improve on his offensive skills, which are extremely raw for the time being.

In other draft news, Chad Ford released the fifth version of his mock draft today. He projects the Hawks to take Duke’s Mason Plumlee at 17 and Giannis Antetokounmpo at 18. Ford also mentions that the Hawks would be interested in Kelly Olynyk, Jamaal Franklin, and Tim Hardaway Jr. Gobert and Gorgui Dieng are also still available at those two picks in Ford’s mock.