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Think back to the year 1997. Seems like a long time huh? Were you alive? Were you in school? Maybe you were a little baby crying in the crib. Well that’s the last time the Atlanta Hawks franchise walked in an arena and beat the San Antonio Spurs on the road. You see it’s been so long the since the Spurs lost to the Hawks, they played in the old Alamo Dome.

This span extended to 19 straight games on Monday night as the San Antonio Spurs tied the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA beating the Hawks 107-99. The two teams are now 52-14 with sixteen games remaining.

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder had 22 points and 10 assists to lead Atlanta, while Tim Hardaway Jr. continued his solid play with 17 points. Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore combined for 31 points, but had only five rebounds between them. The loss snapped Atlanta’s three game winning streak.

Kawhi Leonard made his triumphant return from a concussion scoring 31 points for a Spurs team that were uncharacteristically sloppy at times during the game. They had a season high 23 turnovers, missed shots they usually make and looked out of sorts at times. Normally a performance like this would incite anger from Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks couldn’t stop the San Antonio Spurs from moving atop of the Western Conference as the Spurs topped the Hawks 107-99 in San Antonio. The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard’s 31 points while Patty Mills — in place of the injured Tony Parker — scored 15 points and dished out nine assists. For the Hawks, they were led by Dennis Schröder’s double-double, 22 points and 10 assists.

The streak continues

February 15th 1997. That was the date the Hawks last beat the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio and last night that losing streak (now 19 games) continued.

Without LaMarcus Aldridge (get well soon) and Tony Parker, this was as good of a time as ever for the Hawks to, perhaps, emerge from San Antonio with a victory but, alas, it was not to be. Kawhi Leonard was just so good, a truly special talent and an MVP candidate. His contributions on both ends of the floor were a huge reason why the Spurs won this game, as is often the case.

Threes the key

You can look at this game in two different ways: The Hawks either lost this game because they couldn’t contain San Antonio’s three-pointers, or because they couldn’t hit their own threes. The Spurs hit a season-high 16-of-34 (47%) from behind the arc while the Hawks only hit 6-of-22 (27%) from behind the arc, San Antonio outscoring the Hawks 48-18 from three. Take your pick, either way, the three-pointer was the difference.

After, seemingly, taking steps forward when it came to defending the three — holding Memphis and Toronto to a combined nine threes — the Hawks appear to have taken a step back in San Antonio.

We’re going to take a look at some of San Antonio’s threes.

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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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In a deal that nobody saw coming, the Atlanta Hawks have received Tiago Splitter in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

This trade caught a lot of people off guard as nobody really expected Splitter to be going anywhere, let alone to an Atlanta team that has a top five center in Al Horford. That said, this gives them a little flexibility the recent departure of DeMarre Carroll. With Carroll gone, the Hawks were looking to replace his defense, and finding a perimeter defender to the level of Carroll was going to be difficult to say the least. Atlanta also had to take into consideration their lack of rim protection last season. With Splitter, the Hawks managed to address two issues with their roster at the same time.

Not only that, but should Paul Millsap leave, Atlanta could have a gaping hole at power forward in their rotation of bigs. With the addition of Splitter, the Hawks can just slide Horford over to his more natural position power forward and fix that hole. Although the loss in depth would be very noticeable.

The Atlanta Hawks announced today that they have signed sharpshooter Jarell Eddie of the NBA Development League’s Austin Spurs to a 10-day contract.

Sure, why not?

The Hawks had an open roster spot after sending Adreian Payne to Minnesota last month and head coach Mike Budenholzer decided to use it on a standout from his old regime’s farm system. (If you didn’t like people comparing the Hawks to San Antonio, then this news probably isn’t great news for your cause)

Undrafted in 2014, Eddie was a member of the Hawks’ training camp squad and appeared in three pre-season games with before being cut and ending up in Austin. Champion of the D-League’s Three-Point Shootout this year, Eddie averaged 11.9 points per game and shot 42.2% from the outside the arc to go along with 3.3 boards and one assist in 25.6 minutes of play.

When looking at motives for the move, you can’t blame Budenholzer for taking a flyer on a guy in the Spurs’ D-League system that has improved his outside shot since his senior year of college. Only time will tell if the player hailed as a Danny Green-like project by turns out to be a good pickup.

There’s a nice little nugget from Eddie in that same Spurs article where he states, “Shooting’s a premium at the NBA level. With the release that I have and the size that I have, I’ve always had the mindset the I’m an NBA player. Now, it’s clear that if you keep working in the D-League, someone will spot you.”

While other teams might’ve spotted that sweet stroke, the Hawks are the first to capitalize.

The 23-year-old Jarell Eddie will wear #3 for the Hawks, so we’ll see if the 6-7′ Virginia Tech alum can provide some of the same offensive punch that pre-ACL LouWill had for the Hawks two years ago.

In the next 10 days, the Hawks take on the Cavaliers, Sixers, Kings, Nuggets, and Suns. You’d think that the NBA-leading Hawks can find a few minutes for Eddie – and the rest of the lesser-used bench – in a few of those contests.


Coming into last season, there was an immense amount of mystery surrounding what the Atlanta Hawks were going to become. Gone were the likes of Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, Mike Woodson, and all remnants of the last seven years. They were bringing in a rookie head coach, a few mid-level free agents, and overall this was the beginning of something new.

Most pundits and fans projected that longtime Spurs’ assistant Mike Budenholzer would simply pour this roster into the mold of Gregg Popovich’s system, and we would all see the second coming of San Antonio’s culture. At first, one would assume that Budenholzer’s time in San Antonio would lead to a mimicking of their system, but a closer look at the Popovich coaching tree reveals that it was far from a lock. Coaches like Mike Brown, Jacque Vaughn, Monty Williams, Brett Brown and others have come from the same place, but had a differing style of play. At the very least there were no copies of the system out there.

Of course, we’ve all seen how Budenholzer has built his style around his old stomping ground, and that led to countless comparisons to San Antonio. At first, seeing the ball zip all over the court was a new and welcoming sight for Philips Arena. Through the month of November and some of December last season, the Hawks were sitting third in the Eastern Conference. Having 30 assists in one game no longer brought shock when it came to this team, and it was clear that the culture had changed — and it had changed fast.

As we all know, Al Horford missed the rest of the season, the Hawks were decimated by injuries and ended up finishing under .500. They did make their seventh straight trip to the playoffs though, and pushed the top-seeded Indiana Pacers to the brink of elimination. Continue Reading…

The Hawks lost a nail-biter in San Antonio on Wednesday night, coming up short on the final possession of the game in a 92-90 loss. The loss marks Atlanta’s eighth consecutive loss to the Spurs, who rode their huge rebounding and free throw disparities to the win. The Spurs shot 38 free throws to the Hawks’ 11, though San Antonio left a lot of points at the stripe with 11 misses. The Hawks were down as many as 17 in the first half and fought back to take a late lead, but couldn’t find the winning touch despite a great night from DeMarre Carroll, who had 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with five rebounds.

The first half went about as poorly as the Coach Bud and the Hawks could have hoped, yet they went into the break down just 10 points after a late run in which all five starters put the ball in the basket in the last 2:31 of the second quarter. The Hawks shot 16-for-45 in the first half, including just 2-for-8 from 3. Kent Bazemore gave the Hawks six minutes off the bench in the first half and provided some good defense on Tony Parker, who had his way otherwise with 13 points in the first half.

Atlanta cut the San Antonio lead to six at the end of the third quarter behind strong play from the bench. Dennis Schröder hit his first field goal of the season off a nice feed from Thabo Sefolosha, and the addition of Sefolosha and Bazemore in the latter half of the quarter really turned up the heat on the defensive side of the ball. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Spurs 105, Hawks :'(

Bo Churney —  January 24, 2014


SAS(33-10) 105 – 79 (22-20)ATL    

Key Performers:
T. Duncan (SAS): 17 pts, 16 reb, 2 ast, 4 blk
P. Millsap (ATL): 15 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl, 2 blk

Both teams were missing key players due to injuries. Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll, and Pero Antic were out for the Hawks and Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Tiago Splitter were sidelined for San Antonio. Both coaches lamented the injuries beforehand, but it appeared like the teams should have been closely matched.

It didn’t work out that way.

San Antonio stormed out to a 27-14 first quarter lead, largely thanks to three threes hit by Patty Mills off the bench in that quarter.

“Coming off the bench,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about Mills, “he really made the spread for us.” Mills finished the game with six threes and 18 points.

Tim Duncan also played a key role defensively in the first quarter, blocking two shots, which doesn’t begin to show his total impact in the quarter. The Hawks shot 6-for-20 from the field, spearheaded by Paul Millsap’s 1-for-6 effort.

Bad things continued to compound for the Hawks, as Jeff Teague left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return and will not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. Teague had been the team’s only bright spot up to that point, scoring nine points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.

“It’s tough,” said Kyle Korver on Teague’s injury. “We have to find a way. The teams we’re playing against aren’t going to feel sorry for us.” Continue Reading…

Antic, Carroll Injury Updates

Bo Churney —  January 24, 2014

Pero Antic will be out 2-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his right ankle. Antic suffered the injury against Brooklyn in London, where it was originally believed to only be an ankle sprain. Antic had taken on a larger role since Al Horford’s injury and was averaging 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in the month of January.

DeMarre Carroll, according to the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore, will miss Friday’s game against San Antonio and Saturday’s game against the Bucks with an irritation injury in his right hamstring. Carroll suffered his injury against the Magic on Wednesday and attempted to play through it before exiting the contest in the third quarter. Carroll’s injury is particularly damning because he is easily the Hawks’ most effective wing on defense. According to, the Hawks’ defense gets 7.7 points worse per 100 possessions when DeMarre is off the court.

The Hawks will start Teague, Williams, Korver, Millsap, and Ayon against the Spurs, according to Vivlamore.

RECAP: Spurs 102, Hawks 100

Bo Churney —  December 3, 2013


SAS(15-3) 102 – 100 (9-10) ATL

Key Performers:
T. Duncan (SAS): 23 pts, 21 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk
A. Horford (ATL): 18 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl

This one was definitely a heartbreaker for the Hawks. After trailing for much of the game, the Hawks were able to grab a lead in the third quarter. However, the Spurs went on a 21-5 run at the end the of the third and beginning of the fourth to separate themselves. But the Hawks fought back and eventually tied the game with 4.7 seconds left after a three from Jeff Teague. However, Tim Duncan just too much, as he hit the game winning jumper on a pindown play with 0.4 seconds left to lift San Antonio the victory.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: The Boss was the best player on the floor for the Hawks on the night, but I had the feeling that there was still more things he could of done. He defense was good, but he and the Hawks were worked on the boards throughout the game. Obviously rebounding is a team effort, but a couple of plays stick out where Al should have been able to secure the defensive board, but he just fumbled the ball to the Spurs. Very costly in a two-point game. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Going up against Tony Parker isn’t easy, and Jeff did a very respectable job. His defense wasn’t too bad, and Jeff finally had some touch from behind the arc, going 3-for-4 on three-pointers. The Spurs defense didn’t allow him as many opportunities in the lane as one would want from Jeff, but he still had 19 points, seven assists, and four free throws on the night. A good job overall. 8/10

Paul Millsap: Millsap may have hit a couple of very clutch three-pointers to give the Hawks a chance to steal one, but his overall night was brutal. he was 6-for-20 from the floor and he was outplayed by Tim Duncan in nearly every facet of the game. Splitter and Duncan played very well on Millsap inside and Paul’s jumpers didn’t fall enough to make up for that. Tough night, even with the 14 boards. 5/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre scored the Hawks’ first seven points and finished with a very strong stat line of 17 points, eight rebounds, and two assists. He did a good job defensively with keeping Parker and Leonard – his primary assignments on defense – in check. That said, I’m still annoyed by his transition game; DeMarre in transition sounds like it should be great, ala Corey Brewer, but DeMarre often tries to handle the ball too much, which should be a no-no in this offense. Not only is it a pass-heavy offense, but out of all of the guys in the starting lineup, DeMarre should be the last guy trying to run the break. 7.5/10

Lou Williams: The Hawks really need Lou’s minutes restriction to be lifted soon. Not because Lou lit it up in this game (he was 5-for-14 from the field), but because Cartier Martin isn’t exactly the option you want out there when you have Lou Williams idling around. On the topic of this game, Lou was 0-for-6 on threes, most of which were open looks. Part of that could be attributed to the rehab, but Lou shooting that poorly is an anomaly; 10 points and four assists (no turnovers) under those circumstances is still good. 6.5/10 Continue Reading…