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Despite a spirited effort from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Hawks walked off the court of Philips Arena with their 16th straight win by a score of 112-100.

The Hawks shot 61% in the first quarter, but Minnesota slowed the game down from the start and was creating good shots on offense. Despite the Atlanta’s shooting and only three turnovers, the Hawks led just 25-24 at the end of the first quarter.

“They executed,” said Mike Budenholzer on his opponents. “They were very good tonight… They are cutting off the ball and slashing and getting to the basket, and guys are finding them.”

The Hawks’ defense started to clamp down in the second quarter, however, as the Hawks used their activity and quickness to continuously deny the Timberwolves’ chances at getting open looks. The offense in the period was a group effort led by the frontcourt, where seven of the Hawks’ nine assists in the quarter came from a member of the frontcourt.

The 36-23 advantage that the Hawks had in the second quarter essentially sustained them for the rest of the game. The Wolves, led by Thaddeus Young and Mo Williams, were working the Hawks well enough to keep Minnesota hanging around for most of the second half. Young had 20 of his 26 points in the second half and finished the game with a filled box scored that included six rebounds, seven assists, and a steal. Continue Reading…

FINAL

PHI(16-58) 95 – 103 (32-41)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 28 pts, 17 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl
T. Young (PHI): 23 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast, 4 stl, 3 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

For a moment it looked like the Hawks were about to encounter a disaster. They were down double-digits at the end of the first quarter and the first half, seemingly getting dominated by a Sixer team that is probably the worst team in the league as currently constructed. However, the rest of the Hawks finally decided to show up to complement Paul Millsap’s monster game and the Hawks were able to end their six-game losing streak. Lou Williams came alive in the second half, scoring 16 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter where Williams hit several clutch buckets to give the Hawks the edge over Philadelphia.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Like all of the Hawks, Millsap was better in the second half than in the first, but he was essentially the the Hawk player to have a good first half. Millsap finished the night with 28 points and 17 boards, but it was the 15 points and seven rebounds from the first two quarters that really kept the Hawks afloat in this game. 10/10

Jeff Teague: Shocking development: Teague was sleep walking for most of the game and only had small spurts where he picked up his effort and played like the he was worth the $32 million contract the team gave him over the summer. Teague had 12 points on 11 shots and five assists with four turnovers; it shouldn’t be a surprise that Lou and Dennis received a good chunk on minutes in this game. 3/10

Pero Antic: Not a good effort on either side of the floor from Pero. He was 1-for-8 from the field and made a couple of bad passes that really stuck out. (he made some good ones too, but the bad ones were ugly) 2/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre had a decent game with nine points, five boards, and four assists, but the best part of it is that his effort was pretty consistent throughout, as it always is. That is always good to see, especially when you consider that DeMarre is still dealing with a rather nasty illness that kept him out of Saturday’s game. How do I know it was a nasty illness? DeMarre showed no shame when talking about it post game in the locker room. Suffice to say… you probably don’t want to know. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Welcome back to the lineup, Kyle. He struggled in his first game back after missing six games dealing with back spasms. He started off 0-for-5 from the field, but he started to come alive a bit in the second half and showed a much more balanced effort on both offense and defense. 6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 125, Sixers 99

Bo Churney —  February 1, 2014

FINAL

   PHI(15-32) 99 – 125 (24-21)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Scott (ATL): 18 pts, 9 reb, 4 ast
St. T. Young (PHI): 29 pts, 8 reb, 5 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks got Jeff Teague back for this game, but they might not have needed him. Atlanta led by as many as 32 as the woeful (aka: tanking) 76ers just couldn’t keep up. The Hawks had seven players in double-figure scoring, including Mike Scott and Elton Brand, who each had 18 points to lead the ATL rout. Thaddeus Young, who is a saint for sticking with this awful team, had 29 points in just 30 minutes of play. (#FREETHADYOUNG)

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Not really the greatest of nights from Millsap, but he put up a rather impressive line: 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a season-high six steals. Oh, and he also threw down two massive dunks. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: Strong night from Carroll on the wing, where he led the Hawks with a plus-28 plus/minus. DeMarre had 13 points on nine shots — including 3-for-4 from behind the arc — to go with nine rebounds and a season-high four assists. (you’ll see “season-high” a lot in this recap) DeMarre’s only blemish n the night was three turnovers in 27 minutes. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Apparently Korver still receives a decent mix of cheers from the Philly crowd, which I thought was weird since he hasn’t played there in over six years. Nevertheless, Kyle burned his former team by hitting three threes, which extends his three-point streak to 114 games. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Only 12 points on 10 shots for Jeff, but his ball-handling was very strong in this game; at times, it seemed like he was the only player on the floor that wasn’t giving it away to the other team. He finished with eight assists on one turnover and had a couple of nice drives in the lane that would seem to indicate that his ankle is fine. 7.5/10

Gustavo Ayon: It seems like Ayon is starting to play better and better as he gets more playing time. He wasn’t as good as he was in the OKC game here, but he still had a solid effort with seven points and seven rebounds. He cannot, however, be turning the ball over four times in that small amount of playing time. 7.5/10

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RECAP: Hawks 113, 76ers 103

Bo Churney —  November 16, 2013

FINAL

PHI(5-5) 103 – 113 (5-4)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 33 pts, 4 reb, 10 ast
E. Turner (PHI): 27 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks were all over the place — but not in a bad way — before this game. We found out that Gustavo Ayon would be starting in place of Paul Millsap, which sent me into a, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH PAUL?!?” frenzy, but Coach Bud was just testing with lineups. And, of course, we found out that Lou Williams would be active for this game, which should have been the highlight of the day. However, Jeff Teague stole that spotlight with his play on the court.

“He got going a little bit, so we stuck with him,” said Coach Mike Budenholzer. “I think the message throughout preseason and training camp was that when he’s aggressive, usually something good is going to happen.”

Teague was extremely aggressive, getting to the line 13 times and sinking 12 of those opportunities. Teague is now fifth in the league in free throw attempts, and first and seventh in the league in assists per game and points per game. So far, he’s been the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al got the start at power forward tonight against the smaller Thaddeus Young, and he started out of the gate strong with eight of the team’s first 15 points. Coach Budenholzer said that it likely wasn’t because of Al’s PF positioning that helped this, but I think it could have contributed a bit. Also, I’m really close to starting an #AlHorfordTravelWatch, because his only two turnovers in this game, again, were travels. On the positive side, at least those are very correctable mistakes. 9/10

Jeff Teague: I already gushed enough about Jeff in the opening section, but here’s some more; he’s really found a groove at getting into the lane and being able to either take it to the basket or to find a teammate. Hopefully this type of aggression can continue. 10/10

Gustavo Ayon: He did well in his surprise start, which also happened to be his first playing time of the season. He had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes, which he made the most of by getting five fouls in. I don’t know how often we should expect him to start, but I foresee a return to Horford/Millsap for the Knicks. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Forgotten in all the Jeff/Lou news was that DeMarre had a career night. He was 5-for-8 on three pointers, including one late in the fourth that gave Jeff Teague his 10th assist. His 21 points on the night were a career high. 9/10

Kyle Korver: The streak is 82 now, which Kyle decided to get out of the way in the first quarter. He didn’t have any steals in this game, but he did have a block, which actually brought down his average of two steals and/or blocks per game. 8/10 Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 34-48 (9th in East)z-sixers

Playoff Result: N/A

Key Additions: Nerlens Noel (draft), Michael Carter-Williams (draft), Tony Wroten (trade), Royce White (trade)

Key Losses: Jrue Holiday (trade), Andrew Bynum (free agent), Nick Young (free agent), Dorell Wright (free agent)

Projected 2013-14 Record: Oh god, the blood, why?

What to Expect: What an ironic time to write about the 76ers season, as they started their marketing campaign for this season. It’s, well… refreshingly honest:

#TogetherWeBuild is a very blunt way to market this team, but one that fans won’t roll their eyes at. Why pretend that this roster is going to contend for anything that isn’t named Andrew Wiggins? Just consider who could possibly be the other starting wing alongside Evan Turner on the roster. With Jason Richardson possibly out for the entire year, the 76ers will turn to James Anderson, Vander Blue, Tony Wroten, Khalif Wyatt, Rodney Williams, or Hollis Thompson to be on the floor for the initial jump ball. That’s certainly something. Continue Reading…

FINAL

PHI(31-47) 101 – 124 (43-36)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Smith (ATL): 28 pts, 12 reb, 4 asts
St. T. Young (PHI): 28 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I’m going to sound a lot like Larry Drew here, but this was one of the most complete efforts by the Hawks this season. Thaddeus Young was getting everything that he wanted, but that did not discourage the Hawks at all. Admittedly, the defense could be better, but the Hawks shot 53% from the field, were 18-for-19 from the line, and had a total of 34 assists on 49 made baskets. And finally, one of my favorite stats of the night: the bench scored 53 points, one of their highest totals of the season.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Yes, Smoove was hitting his jumpers (he was 4-for-7 on those), but he was also extremely patient with his moves in the paint. Usually he either goes completely aggressive or totally passive, ending up in a completely erratic night from Josh. Not today; he knew when to attack, and when to hold up. The 28-12-4 line was one of his best of the season, but he could have been a little stronger in trying to contain Thaddeus Young. (hence the -0.5) 9.5/10

Al Horford: Al didn’t really do anything notable… and he still ended up with 16 points and nine rebounds. He was extremely quiet in the first half, but he got some good looks off the pick-and-roll in the third quarter. With the effort, he’s still on pace to be the first Hawk to average a double-double since Dikembe Mutombo did it at the turn of the millennium. 8.5/10

Kyle Korver: Kyle’s streak marches on to 71 games, but this is the first game that I can think of where the team schemed to get him a three-pointer for the sake of extending the streak. After missing on his only three-point attempt in the first three quarters, Coach Drew placed Kyle back in the game in the fourth (with the team up by 20 or so) and had Kyle fire off two shots in a couple of minutes. I’m glad the streak continued, but he really wasn’t a factor in this game. 4/10

Devin Harris: Via John Schuhmann, the Hawks are now 23-9 (.719) when Devin Harris starts, 11-13 (.458) when he comes off the bench, & 9-14 (.391) when he doesn’t play. Gee, I believe somone wrote something about how aweseome Devin Harris has been this year… oh yeah, that was me. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Despite zero attempts from the free throw line for Jeff, he was still showing some aggressiveness on the court. He was able to get to the rim easily and transition, and made all of the right passes on the night, finishing 11 assists and zero turnovers. This was only Jeff’s fifth game of the season with zero turnovers. 8.5/10 Continue Reading…

FINAL

  PHI(23-37) 96 – 107 (34-26)ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 27 pts, 2 reb, 11 asts
D. Wright (PHI): 20 pts, 9 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

There’s no better way to bounce back from a three game road losing streak than to come home, play a crappy team, and kick them around for 48 minutes. The Hawks overcame a sluggish start to blitz the 76ers and get back to their winning ways, which was a welcomed change of pace for John Jenkins, who turned 22 on Wednesday– no one wants to lose on their birthday. So happy birthday day, John. You’re lucky you played the 76ers and not the Heat or the Clippers or something.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: He played only 30 minutes, which is less than usual, but he scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, so no one’s complaining. His stat line was marred by the 4 turnovers, 3 of which came early during Atlanta’s putrid start, but he cleaned things up and worked his way into the paint for some buckets. He seemed to be comfortable converting that left-handed hook from the middle of the lane Wednesday night, but while his shooting was passable, his free throw shooting was once again pathetic. 1 of 6 from the stripe is just not going to get it done. 6/10

Al Horford: Another game, another double-double. Horford bossed his way to 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. He shot 10 of 17 from the field, good for 58%, and continued to connect on those pick-and-pop jumpers. Quite simply, at the moment, Al Horford cannot be stopped. He’s playing like one of the best players in the NBA.  10/10

Devin Harris: Harris arguably had the highlight of the night when he took the Sixer defense on a ride, penetrating the lane and curling out on the other side to hit a forgotten Horford under the hoop for a slam. The pass was beautiful. Other than that, Harris’ game was mediocre. There isn’t much to talk about, really. 6 points on 3 of 8 shooting and 2 assists. 5/10

DeShawn Stevenson: No one knows DeShawn for any sort of offensive prowess, but on Wednesday night he played a very smart game. He made more than a few nice passes and spaced the offense enough for four open three point attempts. He only made one, but that’s besides the point. His impact wasn’t too palpable or anything, but he came on the court and made the right plays. Although having him start likely didn’t help the Hawks’ godawful, scoreless opening 5 minutes. 5/10

Jeff Teague: Aggressive Teague is the best Teague. He broke down Philly’s defense with relative ease and looked like he was partaking in a pre-game layup drill– literally he drove into the paint for three straight uncontested layups at one point; and then Devin Harris got one on the next possession. The Sixers were playing matador defense for sure, but Teague exploited the heck out of it. He shot 10 of 15 from the field and was excellent with Horford in the pick-and-pop. The correlation between those two playing well together and the Hawks winning is definitely a positive one. 10/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: 76ers 99, Hawks 80

Bo Churney —  December 21, 2012

FINAL

PHI(13-14) 99 – 80 (15-9) ATL

Key Performers:

T. Young (PHI): 18 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast, 5 stl
J. Smith (ATL): 17 pts, 6 reb, 3 asts
[FULL BOX SCORE]

I’m going to be honest; the Hawks were flat-out lazy in this one. Josh stopped giving a damn after the first quarter, Lou really only cared for about a two minute stretch, and Al couldn’t do anything inside, and his season long struggle with his jumper continued. Few good things to take from this one, Hawks fans.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Josh was frustrating as hell in the first quarter, but he was productive, scoring 13 points on nine shots. However, after that, it was nothing but laziness from him, going 2-7 the rest of the way, and doing absolutely nothing else to make up for that. 5/10

Al Horford: Al is 9-35 in the last three games, so I guess it’s not surprising that the Hawks lost two of them, and needed OT to beat the Wizards. Thad Young wasn’t allowing Al to get anything on the inside, and his jumper continues to be lost somewhere in the Twilight zone. Hopefully the upcoming game against the Bulls will give him a bit of a spark. 3/10

Kyle Korver: Once again, Kyle was one of the few Hawks that was hustling on the floor, but he still missed several open looks that he could have easily made. Can’t knock the hustle, though. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff committed a bunch of silly fouls, which led to him only getting 22 minutes, with most of them coming in garbage time at the end of the fourth. The Hawks looked a lot better when he was on the floor, so he cannot allow himself to make mistakes like this. 5/10 Continue Reading…