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The Atlanta Hawks dropped the first game of their three game road trip against Sacramento Kings on Friday night, 108-107. The Kings had three players who scored 22 points: Darren Collison, Ben McLemore and DeMarcus Cousins. For the Hawks, they also had three players who scored 20 or more points in the form of Dennis Schröder (20), Paul Millsap (25) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (28).

Hawks on the other side of a 20 point comeback 

The Hawks, twice this season, have recovered from a 20 point deficit and emerge with a victory, but last night they got a taste of their own medicine. The Hawks were seemingly in full control of this game as they stood tall with a 22 point lead (71-49) with 7:02 remaining in the third. The Kings looked defeated and their star man, DeMarcus Cousins, looked a man out of sorts. The Hawks should’ve absolutely closed this game out. So, how did the Kings do it?

The Kings found a lineup that worked and just rolled with it for, pretty much, the rest of the game. It was that 4-man lineup of Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver that just got things done for the Kings. Together, they scored 43 points on 58% shooting from the field, shot 60% from behind the arc and registered a plus/minus rating of plus-10. They also registered an offensive rating of 135, a defensive rating of 102 and a net rating of +32 in 16 minutes of play.

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The Atlanta Hawks’ fourth quarter comeback fell short against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night as they split the season series with one win apiece, each taking care of business on their home floor. In this long regular season, every game is but a chapter of a long novel that is the NBA season. You have the same main characters who appear in every chapter, but the content of each chapter differs. When we look back upon the chapter of the Atlanta Hawks’ visit to Sleep Train Arena, what are thing main points to take away?

Hawks hosed by bad call late in fourth quarter

Let’s set the scene — There’s 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter and the score is 86-85 in favor of the Kings. The Hawks have just secured a rebound following a DeMarcus Cousins miss. This next possession is obviously very important, as the game is tightly contested. Dennis Schröder dribbles the ball past half court and waits for his teammates to take their positions. Al Horford heads towards the paint and Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore head to their positions on the wings. Schröder gives the ball to Paul Millsap near the elbow. Millsap drives toward the rim and has the ball slapped out of his hands and out of bounds. The call on the floor is Hawks ball with 12 seconds on the shot clock.

However, the officials decided to review, and rightly so. I say “rightly so” because there were less than two minutes remaining, meaning the officials can review the play and consult with the Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J. over any plays they’re unsure about. Replay showed the ball was clearly touched last by Rondo. Millsap doesn’t touch the ball after it is slapped out of his hands. Even the Kings broadcast team, who initially believed it hit Millsap on the knee, conclusively agreed, “that’s going to be Atlanta ball.” Continue Reading…

Paul Millsap sank a one-handed running shot with 15.7 seconds remaining to put the Hawks up 101-97 and Atlanta (9-5) was able to hang onto the lead against the Sacramento Kings (4-8) in what felt like a must-win game for both teams. Millsap’s 23 points (9-for-19), 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks were just enough to stop the bleeding for his shorthanded team, which had lost three straight, in a 103-97 win at Philips Arena.

“Paul really stood out,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer during the postgame media availability. “I think our focus, our attention to detail was closer to where we need it to be. It’s good to get a win. I think we obviously needed that.”

Sacramento has been facing issues of their own, evident during several moments of on-court bickering in the third quarter between DeMarcus Cousins (24 points, 12 rebounds), Rudy Gay (14 points, six rebounds) and Rajon Rondo, who recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The Kings still managed to outscore Atlanta 27-19 during that period and entered the final quarter down only 81-79. Continue Reading…

Even with Kyle Korver out to injury and Al Horford out for rest purposes, the Atlanta Hawks hung on to Monday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings to get the 110-103 victory.

The first quarter of this game helped signify that it would be a close affair all night. The Kings were shooting well and playing with pace on offense. DeMarcus Cousins was a load early on both offensively and defensively; at one point, he blocked shots on consecutive Atlanta possessions and simply made the Hawks look silly in their offensive attempts. Thankfully for the Hawks, DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap were able to make shots and take advantage of some mismatches, leading to the two scoring eight points a piece in the quarter.

The Hawks started to pull away in the second quarter, largely thanks to the play of one Jeffrey DeMarco Teague. Teague’s agressive play, combined with the defensive intensity of Kent Bazemore, allowed the Hawks get an advantage, resulting in a 53-47 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was a repeat of the first… almost literally. The Kings won the first quarter 29-28 and they won the third quarter by the same score. Jason Thompson and Andre Miller started making their impacts in this period, as their play sparked a 16-7 mini-run by Sacramento that allowed the Kings to stay in the game. This run was despite DeMarcus Cousins nearly having a meltdown, as the former Kentucky product recorded four turnovers, four fouls, and one technical foul in the period. Continue Reading…

The Hawks opened the game with two straight DeMarre Carroll threes and didn’t stop shooting until the final buzzer, running up a season-high 130 points against the Sacramento Kings Monday night at Philips Arena. Each of the five starters shot at least 50% as the Hawks rang up 42 assists, tied for the fourth-highest total in Atlanta’s history. Atlanta hit 20 3s, a franchise-record for a single game, and notched their 50th win of the season, marking the first time since the team moved to Atlanta that the Hawks were the first team in the league to reach 50 wins.

The Hawks came out firing in the first quarter, assisting on 12 of their 13 field goals and shooting 57% in the quarter, including five 3s from Carroll and Kyle Korver. Korver had been struggling since the All-Star Break, shooting just 31% from 3 and 32% overall since the extended time off. Korver finished 6-for-8 from 3 as the Kings lost him numerous times in transition and in the half court offense. Korver has recently said that his shooting troubles date back to before the break, so this big game should do wonders for any issues through which he’s been working.

Atlanta scored 76 points in the first half, their highest total in a half all season, racking up 25 assists along the way. The Hawks shot 62.5% from the field in the first half, including 12-for-19 on 3s, as the ball continued to find open shooters while the Kings scrambled on defensive rotations. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 124, Kings 107

Cole Patty —  December 18, 2013

FINAL

  SAC(7-17) 100 – 124 (14-12)ATL

Key Performers:
A. Horford (ATL): 25 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast, 4 blk
D. Cousins (SAC): 28 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The first quarterof this game was a nice sample tasting of Atlanta’s season. Coming out of the gates with a roaring start, the Hawks were outpacing the Kings handily for the beginning nine minutes of the initial period. This lead to an 26-12 lead, and Mike Malone burning a second timeout fast. After that timeout however, things started to unravel. Isaiah Thomas got loose, and Atlanta’s offense stagnated behind three turnovers in the last two-and-a-half minutes in the quarter. At the end of the first, the Hawks fourteen point lead was reduced swiftly down to two.

For the second and third quarters, the game went back-and-forth. Atlanta pushed away every Sacramento attempt to overtake the lead in the second, until finally relinquishing it at the very end to be down 54-53 at halftime. As for the third, the ball-movement for the Hawks stagnated and they found themselves down 74-69 before closing down the gap to 87-85 at the end of the third.

The last period was all about Mike Scott hitting the two threes early and never looking back. The Kings were playing the second game of a back-to-back, and the Scott deep balls seemed to be the backbreaker. Atlanta didn’t surrender the lead the rest of the way, putting them two game over .500.

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Al Horford: Early on, Al didn’t have his mid-range jumper going. It wasn’t too much of a detriment however, as his 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks statline lead the way for the team. He got all five of his assists in the first half, showing a resolve to help the team when he wasn’t making shots himself. He had a couple non-statsheet hustle plays to take note of too. A few rebounds he tapped back allowed for a couple extra possessions. Boogie certainly played a strong game and got some offensive rebounds himself, but that isn’t all on Horford. 8/10.

Paul Millsap: Millsap’s three ball was instrumental in the Hawks getting out to a hot start. He hit two threes at the end of that initial run, and he made one more in the second quarter. His three offensive rebounds were also key in neutralizing the strong effort the Kings made on their own offensive glass. Outside of that, it wasn’t his best game. There were a lot of moments where he tried to do too much with the ball either forcing a bad shot, a risky pass, or turning it over with a charge. 6/10

Jeff Teague: Risky passes defined Teague’s game. He tied his regular season career high with 15 assists, but with that also came six turnovers. What really stood out was his effort on the glass. Jeff being able to track down loose balls to secure possessions is what kept him valuable when he had some rough stretches. He also was nice defensively in the first quarter, and shot the ball extremely well early. A really solid night for Teague, here’s to hoping he keeps finding the 50/50 balls on long rebounds. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre guarded Rudy Gay tonight, to mixed results. Rudy went 8-13, but it isn’t all on Carroll. When in more halfcourt one-on-one situations, Gay was 4-8 outside the restricted area. Offensively, Carroll posted a strong 6-9 from the field. A pretty average game for the Junkyard Dog. 5/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle was fantastic tonight. His 8-10 mark from deep was influential on the win. A few off-ball lapses on McLemore defensively, but it was not a glaring issue tonight. 9/10. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 105, Kings 100

Bo Churney —  November 6, 2013

FINAL

SAC(1-3) 100 – 105 (2-2)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 25 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast, 4 stls
I. Thomas (SAC): 26 pts, 2 reb, 5 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

There are a lot of good things to take away from the Hawks game, even if the Kings managed to make it a game late in the fourth. In the second and third quarters, we witnessed the Hawks playing what I believe is called “defense”. The Hawks only gave up 33 points between these two quarters, which in large part was thanks to proper rotations and good interior defense on Cousins. Of course, they’re is still plenty of room for improvement (68 in the first and fourth quarters), but at least they showed SOMETHING positive on that end of the floor.

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Al Horford: Easily his best game of the season. Al had 27 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and a dime on the night on 11-for-19 shooting. On the defensive side of the floor, he stymied Demarcus Cousins, causing plenty of visible frustrations for the Sacramento big man. He also hit a corner three and there is no way this link goes to my piece talking about Horford and threes. (spoiler alert: it does go to that) 10/10

Paul Millsap: Speaking of ATL big men hitting threes, Paul had two of those tonight, including a step-back in the corner with the shot clock running down in the fourth. Millsap’s night was also his best of the season, as he had 25 points to go with 11 boards, four assists, and four steals. Heck, he even hit most of his free throws!! 10/10

DeMarre Carroll: In the preseason, I was encouraged by DeMarre’s shooting touch and the appearance of a new form. It’s not working out too much lately, as he went 3-for-11 from the field in Sacramento, including an 0-for-4 effort from three. He definitely should be cutting to the basket more; he doesn’t need to be shooting four threes a game like he’s averaging so far. 3/10

Jeff Teague: Another double-double for Jeff, but this was definitely an erratic effort from him. After three quarters, he had 17 points, 10 assists, and only two turnovers. At the end of the game, he had 18 points, 10 assists, four turnovers. The Hawks probably could have used Dennis over Jeff at some points late in the fourth, as Jeff just looked completely gassed from chasing Isaiah Thomas around. 7/10

Kyle Korver: Whenever Kyle is dribbling… I’m not a huge fan. He had three turnovers in this game, largely a result of situations where he was dribbling. Otherwise, he had an average night with nine points on four shots, plus “meh” defense. 6/10 Continue Reading…

The problem with the Hawks last year wasn’t just that they weren’t getting to the line; they couldn’t make anything once they got there. The team was 26th in the league in both free throws per field goal attempt and free throw percentage.

Something welcoming has developed, though. Through three games this season, the Hawks are getting to the line at an average of 30.7 times per game, up from 19.7 last season. One problem stays the same, however; the Hawks are shooting 66% from the charity stripe, good enough for 27th in the league.

The biggest offenders? Well, Josh Smith may have left, but his replacement, Paul Millsap, is filling this void just perfectly. Millsap is shooting 47.4% from the line so far, which is extremely concerning considering that he’s getting to the line over ten times per game. That is a lot of points left on the board for Atlanta.

Al Horford hasn’t been much help in this area, missing half of his attempts through three games. While it’s great to see the Hawks get to the line so much, this amount of misses is eventually going to lead to losses, if you want to argue that it already hasn’t. (see: Lakers)

Tonight, the Hawks will take on the Kings in Sacramento, would should give Atlanta plenty of opportunities to remedy their free throw woes. The Kings do have some offensive firepower with DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas, but what they offer on defense is… well, it’s not great. Teague, Millsap, and Horford will have plenty of chances to pound the ball instead, get some buckets, and hopefully, get to the line where they can actually convert.

This will also be a good game to see if the Hawks can get something cooking defensively. Converting to a new defense with a new coach and a lot of new players is hard, but the team needs to stop leaving shooters open in transition and off of the pick-and-roll. It still may take a while to get the defense completely going, but at some point, we need to see some improvement.

Tonight’s game starts at 10PM EST.

HawksHoop Hangout: Win vs. Kings

Bo Churney —  February 23, 2013

RECAP: Hawks 112, Kings 96

Daniel Christian —  November 17, 2012

FINAL

SAC(2-7) 96 – 112 (4-4) ATL

Key Performers:

K. Korver (ATL): 22 pts, 7 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl
J. Thompson (SAC): 19 pts, 10 rebs
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Welp everyone, the the Kings are still terrible. Especially on defense. The Hawks had 3 players score 20 or more and 5 drop 15-plus in a 112-96 victory on Friday night.

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Josh Smith: Smith finally put together his first really strong game of the season, sticking with Tyreke Evans all night defensively and not taking a gazillion jumpers en route to chalking up 19, 8, 6, and 3. 8/10

Al Horford: Horford finally attempted more shots than any other Hawks player, and while he wasn’t 100 percent or playing as well as usual, look what happened! He had 20 and 10 on an off shooting night. Lets keep getting him the ball. 7/10

Zaza Pachulia: It was a solid night for Pachulia who, along with Horford, did a solid job controlling the boards and the Kings’ front court. 7, 7, and 4 are fine numbers, but you’d like to see him do better than 3-6 from the line. 5/10

Kyle Korver: Korver was lights out from beyond the arc, connecting on all 5 of his 3-point attempts and making 7 of 9 field goals. If you get this guy open looks, he will not miss. He also dunked! Did you know Korver could dunk?! 9/10

Jeff Teague: Teague got off to another hot start, scoring 13 first quarter points (6-7) and absolutely abusing Isaiah Thomas’ defense. He sat the end of the first and most of the second, then played a little bit of the third, and then missed the entire 4th quarter again. It’s one of the more perplexing storylines of the Hawks’ season thus far. Why is one of Atlanta’s best playmakers on such a short leash? He had 15 points on 7-10 shooting in 19 minutes. (He did have 5 turnovers, though). #FREEJEFFTEAGUE  6/10 Continue Reading…