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Hawks Outlast the Magic

Bo Churney —  February 28, 2015

This looked like it was going to be a blowout and quite honestly, this game should have been a blowout.

The Hawks were leading 21-5 early in the first quarter and were firing on on cylinders. Paul Millsap had 11 quick points, hitting three 3-pointers in about a one minute span in the opening minutes. Everyone was passing well and flying around on defense. Even as the Magic started to pick up their own pace, the Hawks still maintained a double-digit lead into the second quarter.

And that is where the wheels nearly fell off the wagon.

The Hawks’ second quarter can best be defined as a disaster, as the Magic outscored Atlanta 29-14 over the 12-minute frame. The Hawks shot 5-for-19 from the field in the quarter and turned the ball over 11 times. 11! The Magic, to their credit, were doing a good job at forcing the sloppiness and they capitalized off of Atlanta woes by shooting 50% for the quarter, including hitting four 3-pointers.

Whatever Coach Budenholzer said at halftime worked, as the Hawks only turned the ball over one time in the third quarter as they regained control of the game. The ball movement was crisp and the team countered the 11 turnovers from the previous quarter with 11 assists in the third. Jeff Teague, who was 0-for-6 from the field in the first half, also finally got his motor running, going 4-for-4 from the field for nine points as he was finally able to capitalize on opportunities in the lane. Continue Reading…

This Week In The Southeast the Atlanta Hawks had the second place spot in the East, and then they didn’t. While hte Washington Wizards and Hawks create distance from the rest of the division everybody else just seems to be fumbling around. The Miami Heat don’t look like they’re going to get any better and that’s a problem this early in the year. Meanwhile the Orlando Magic continue to stay competitive while the Charlotte Hornets try to right the ship.

Washington Wizards, 16-6, 2nd in the East, 3-1 this week WAS

The Wizards could have gone 4-0 this week but they lost a sluggish afternoon road game to the Boston Celtics. While losing to the Celtics is not good it’s very difficult to fault sluggish play in an afternoon game. The Wizards responded by ripping off three straight wins, including their best win of the year over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Atlanta Hawks, 16-7, 3rd in the East, 4-1 this week ATL

The Hawks win streak finally came to an end Saturday night due to a Tobias Harris game winner in Orlando. The loss was on a back to back and Orlando has been a pain for a lot of teams this year so that’s not a bad loss. Before that the Hawks were on a nine game winning streak and at one point were second in the Eastern conference. While this week didn’t feature any big time wins, the Hawks were able to keep their streak going all the way up to the final seconds in Orlando. Also of note this week, the Hawks had quite a few blowouts which is surprising since this team isn’t known for blowing opponents out of the building. It’s safe to say at this point that Atlanta is a good team.
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RECAP: Hawks 112, Magic 109

Bo Churney —  January 22, 2014

FINAL

ORL(11-32) 109 – 112 (22-19)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 24 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl, 5 blk
V. Oladipo (ORL): 24 pts, 7 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

After big home wins against Houston, Indiana, and Miami, the Hawks finally got something to show on the road against the Magic. The Hawks shot 55.6% in the first half, including a 17-for-24 effort at the rim, but only led Orlando 60-56 at the break. The Hawks then brought out the torches at the beginning of the third quarter, leading by as many as 19. The Magic battled back, however, mostly in the absence of DeMarre Carroll, who left the game due to a hamstring irritation. After taking the lead in the fourth quarter, the Magic relinquished it back to the Hawks after Pero Antic and Jeff Teague combined for six consecutive free throws to close out the game.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: If you didn’t notice the Key Performers, let’s look again at the gaudy line that Millsap put up: 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and five blocks. Wow. However, after the game, Coach Budenholzer was not talking about Paul’s stat line as much as he was Paul’s leadership, as Bud commended his starting power forward for leading the huddle and motivating the guys when it looked like the Magic might take control of the game. 10/10

Pero Antic: Pero was pretty awful early in the game and it looked like he did not have much confidence in his shot. However, he was huge in the fourth quarter, grabbing a couple of clutch rebounds and going 5-for-6 at the foul line, with the last four makes pushing the Hawks to victory. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: His injury in this game and his absence in the Brooklyn game made one thing very clear: DeMarre Carroll is extremely important to this team on both sides of the floor. Carroll was plus-18 in just 24 minutes of play, where he scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow, but it appears that his injury is not too serious. 10/10

Jeff Teague: As bad as Teague was last game… yeah, you know the cliche. Jeff finally got his scoring touch back, putting up a nice 23 points on just 14 shots. He was definitely more aggressive with the ball and he was rewarded with eight FTAs for his effort. Only two assists on the night, but he played a lot off the ball with Shelvin in the game. 8.5/10

Kyle Korver: Very nice overall effort from Korver, who put up 12 points, five rebounds, and seven dimes for the game. He also had a clutch block late in the fourth quarter on Jameer Nelson. Oh, and that three-point streak of his was extended to 110 games. 8/10 Continue Reading…

2012-13 Record: 20-62 (15th in East)z-magic

Playoff Result: N/A

Key Additions: Victor Oladipo (draft)

Key Losses: None. Seriously, they lost no one important.

Projected 2013-14 Record: 25-57 (14th in East)*

What to expect: The Magic are going to be bad. Like so bad. Like “OH DEAR LORD YOU’RE ON ANOTHER LOSING STREAK!?” kind of bad. They won’t be the worst team in the NBA this season however, that’s going to go to the Sixers or Suns. As bad as they’ll be, the Magic should still be pretty fun this season. With all of their young players a little older and a little more experienced they should have a better idea of how to play at the NBA level. There were times last season where the offense would go stagnant, less of that should happen this season.

Harris finally got his chance to shine last season after being traded from the Bucks at the trade deadline; his minutes per game went from 11 minutes to 36 a game and in the process his scoring went from five points a game to 17 a game. Continue Reading…