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Note: Budding Sets will be a new recurring feature. Here at HawksHoop, we are excited about the future under coach Mike Budenholzer, and some of that excitement is the offensive creativity that Bud brings. So, as we go along the season, there will be some light shed on the fun sets that the Hawks run.

Kyle Korver has been masterful when it comes off-ball movement, and Mike Budenholzer worked for a very longtime under the Gregg Popovich. So naturally, when the two united, the imagination flowed with wondrous thoughts of what they could bring together.

It’s early, but there is one set so far that has been used with a decent amount of frequency. It stems from a set the Spurs ran last season called Thru UCLA Second Side — thank you How U — and adds a little variation by taking advantage of Horford’s passing abilities.

The set starts off by Teague feeding Kyle the ball to one of the wings. Jeff immediately clears out to the opposite side in order to retain spacing, while Al starts setting up in position in either the post or low block. When Horford’s ready, Kyle feeds him the ball and starts to move towards Paul Millsap. Millsap — who started off in a high position — comes down and screens for Korver, and this is where the decision is made by Kyle. It is important to recognize DeMarre Carroll clearing out from the right side, towards the left corner. Without this cut, Kyle is stuck into one direction of the play instead of reading what the defense gives him. Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks have opened up this season near the bottom of the league in defensive rating, a disappointing mark for a team hoping to make the playoffs. However, this fact should be taken with a grain of salt. The process is far more important than the result at this point in the new NBA year, with many more games left to play. After all, the Hawks are still growing accustomed to a system replicating one perfected by this generation’s basketball dynasty.

Despite the sheer amount of points the Hawks have given up, there isn’t a whole lot of reason to worry. Note that this system being installed is six regular season games old to his team, not nearly enough time for Atlanta’s revamped roster to have it down without flaw. How long this will take can only be guessed, and it might not even happen this season. This is a strategy coach Budenholzer has carried over from his days a Spurs assistant, to a roster lacking the talent San Antonio has had over it’s decade-long dominance. The real question isn’t when, but will; will this Hawks roster be able to run such a sophisticated system decently?

Looking at how Atlanta’s defensive strategy and execution, we can deduce where the problems lie. First thing you’ll notice is that they’re giving up long twos and not allowing teams to attempt corner threes. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Spurs 98, Hawks 93

Raj Prashad —  January 20, 2013


SAS (32-11) 98 – 93 (22-18)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Smith (ATL): 21 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl
T. Parker (SAS): 23 pts, 4 reb, 12 ast, 1 stl

With news breaking before the game that Lou Williams would be out for the season with ligament damage to his right knee, Atlanta knew it would be playing with their back against the wall Saturday night versus the Spurs. Despite Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili resting, Tony Parker still had a huge night for the Spurs as the San Antonio reserves made life difficult for the Hawks. The Spurs led by 10 at the half, and coasted to a five-point victory, sending Atlanta into their eighth loss in their last 10 games.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: It was a tough night for the power forward. Josh Smith held only one rebound at the half and went through the motions throughout the game, unable to take advantage of his speed in transition or size in the post. Smith took over the second half though, with 13 points and seven rebounds as Atlanta fought to stay in the game. He wasn’t bad defensively, either, with most of the opposition’s points against him coming on bad rotations or slow close-outs. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Evidently the Spurs had no idea Korver shot three-pointers. For the 34-consecutive game, the forward hit a three-point shot. He connected on five treys, with all of them coming on either kick-outs or catch-and-shoots. Korver also played big on the boards, grabbing nine rebounds and played pretty solid help defense throughout the night. 8/10

Devin Harris: Devin started pretty slow, scoring only one point and dishing one assist at the half. But in the third quarter, he was supremely aggressive against the Parker and the Spurs, scoring 12 points to keep the Hawks close. He also sprained his right ankle yet again, meaning Atlanta is down to one healthy point guard on the roster. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was pretty solid for most of the night on both ends of the court, but faltered on the offensive end when it counted. He missed four-consecutive shots that could have been a seven-point swing and truly the difference in the final score. A missed jumper can be accounted for, but Teague would go on to get blocked at the rim, miss an open layup and miss an open three. As he mentioned in post game, Teague will have to be more aggressive moving forward without much depth at the position. 7/10

Zaza Pachulia: Coach Drew got his money’s worth with Zaza’s performance yet again. Pachulia grabbed nine rebounds, crashed in the paint and did just enough to get by on the offensive end. 6/10 Continue Reading…