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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…

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…

Mike Budenholzer and Gregg Popovich shared a hug at center court before the start of tonight’s preseason game between the Hawks and Spurs. It was the first time the two had ever been coaching on opposing sides of the court.

Advantage still belongs to Popovich and the Spurs after a 106-104 victory.

The two teams got off to poor starts, turning in 44-41 first half with the Spurs on top. However, San Antonio exploded in the third quarter, scoring 38 points to Atlanta’s 26 to take a decisive hold on the game.

“We let our guard down,” said DeMarre Carroll on the Spurs’ big third frame. “We have to play with more energy. For the most part, we did a lot of great things as a team. we just have to continue to keep finding ourselves.”

Until he could watch the tape, Coach Budenholzer left his review on the third quarter simple:

“We can’t have a 38 point defensive quarter.” 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…