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Ice Trae Hits Orlando Up For 39 As The Hawks Start The Season Off Undefeated

(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks got off to a pretty good start that saw Ice Trae break some records along the way in Detroit for the season opener.  The youngster scored the most points in a Hawks’ season opener since Dominique Wilkins in 1986. The magic number 38…Trae-mazing to say the least.
But could the Hawks take that 1-0 record and boost it to 2-0. Fans were certainly ready for it as State Farm Arena was pretty much full.
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Opening night, Trae Young had 25 points in the first half and it looked as if he was on his way to another stellar night racking up a quick 13 points in just 13 minutes of play, with 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Offense looked smooth minus some senseless turnovers that Atlanta was surely hoping wouldn’t come back to haunt them. Good ball movement helped them find some easy buckets down low and one thing about this young Hawks’ team, once they get rolling their chemistry is tough to break-through. Quick baskets by De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Heurter, Jabari Parker and Cam Reddish helped push Atlanta up 46-42 with 3 minutes left in the 1st half.
Trae Young would return with 2:30 left in the first half and you have to keep your eyes on him or you might miss something. He ended the first half with 17 points playing just 18 minutes, the only Hawk in double digits after 2 quarters.
For Orlando, Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz would all end the first half with 10 points each.  But it wouldn’t be enough to grab the lead as the Magic went into halftime 2 down – 52-50.
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Trae Young added 7 quick points as the 2nd half got underway, but a series of fouls kept giving Orlando opportunities to inch closer. Alex Len had 3 but made up for it hitting a seismic 3 from the left corner that helped the Hawks stretch it out a little bit more; but Orlando quietly moved within 4, 64-60 with 6:30 to play in the 3rd quarter.
If the Hawks were getting comfortable, Jabari Parker made sure to spark things up taking up some real estate down low and dunking on quite a few folks but a bad touch foul matched with some good acting skills by Aaron Gordon made it a 2-point game real quick. 70-68. Atlanta managed to end the 3rd quarter up 77-75, so all is fair in love and basketball.
In the 4th quarter, Batman and Robin got started as Trae lobbed one up to John Collins who jammed it in. But for every point the Hawks scored, the refs found a foul to give to Orlando and before you knew it, the Magic had the lead 80-79.
At this point, the Hawks had 20 personal fouls and 14 turnovers and that cloud was starting to form. When the home team only hits the line for 9 free throws and the visiting team has 24 + , that could certainly steal your joy and the game. 6:42 left to play and the Magic had a 5 point lead. 90-85.
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Coach Pierce brought in his young boys, Young, Collins, Bembry and Parker with vet Vince Carter to regroup.  Carter’s first basket would pull Atlanta within 3, 90-87 and after an offensive charge by Orlando, there was a chance to make a move. Trae Young pulls up from the belt-line draining a 3 and tying it all up 90-90.

Carter’s leadership would prove to be pivotal.  And the fact that Trae Young doesn’t see anyone on the court is that kind of fierceness that will get you through the storm. With just a couple of minutes left, Atlanta forced a big turnover that would see Trae Young lob a high three that hit the glass and found its way in.

Post game, Vince said he was watching it come down and thought if it hits the back of the rim it’ll bounce back out to him.  But luck was on their side this time, after being on the other side of Victory several other times, and the Hawks will take it how it comes.

As for Trae, who finished the game with 39, he’s never been afraid of the big moments and said he wanted to get off to a more powerful start in his second season in the NBA. Looks like he’s doing just that.  And Coach Pierce wasn’t to upset about the fouls.  He said anytime you can get 60 in the paint, you can live with it. Final Score 103-99.
Up next, the Hawks will host the 76ers on Monday while the Magic will visit the Raptors.

Hawks Shut Down Lakers Defense, Beat L.A. 117 – 113

(Atlanta, GA) – It looks like a few days off was all the Hawks needed to get their chemistry back together and their energy back up.  Coach Lloyd Pierce said he might have to give them a few more days off if that’s what it takes to get them to play the way they did against the Lakers.
Granted LeBron James and his purple and gold squad are still trying to marry a mix of players that will put them in good standing for a playoff run but as of right now it doesn’t look like anyone is interested in advancing post regular season.
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A Lonzo Ball-less Lakers couldn’t find their way out of trouble against the Hawks, even with Lebron dishing up his usual triple double with 28 pts 16 ast and 11 rbs. The defense collapsed early allowing the Hawks to go 10-17 from the arc in the 1st quarter alone and L.A. gave up 100 pts in just 3 qtrs.
For the Hawks, they had 6 players in double digits including veteran Vince Carter who was also responsible for a couple of those 3s in the 1st quarter. Led by Trae Young, who had 22 pts and 14 asts, the Hawks were able to break-down the Lakers’ defense early and unlike past outings was able to hold onto a 5pt lead going into the 4th quarter which saw both teams struggle.
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For the Lakers, the loss was their fourth out five forcing them under .500 at 28-29. The Hawks are 19-38.  They’ll host the Knicks tomorrow night while the Lakers are off until after the All-Star break.

Hawks’ Fans Leave Happy Despite Loss To Celtics And Here’s Why…

(Atlanta, GA) – State Farm Arena was pretty packed last night when the Hawks hosted the Celtics and no it wasn’t just  because LeBron James’ old running mate Kyrie Irving was in the building or beloved former Atlanta star Al Horford or the fact that popular actress Taraji P. Henson and uber successful producer Will Packer  were courtside.  No….I believe it has everything to do with how this Atlanta Hawks team is finally starting to mesh.
They shocked the league when they blew out OKC 142-126. A win that highlighted the dynamic between a rookie and a second year player. You can’t deny the magic between John Collins and Trae Young and coming into this matchup against Boston, Hawks’ fans were anxious to see more of the same.  The effort and the growth is essentially what will ultimately define this young team this season. And boy did they come out swinging.
The Hawks needed to handle four core areas against the Celtics.  Somehow contain Kyrie or go head to head with him, watch the turnovers, use that speed that has them pushing it faster than any other team in the NBA right now and take advantage of Trae Young around the perimeter where he’s currently shooting 42%. It’s doesn’t hurt to swing that thing around to Kevin Heurter either. The boy can shoot.
Granted Gordon Hayward was out but so was Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince still isn’t 100 percent. Speaking of Prince, I know the general rule of thumb is to shoot yourself out of a slump.  But when that shot isn’t falling, pass it off. In the first half, he was 2 for 8 from the field, 0 for 5 at the 3pt line. It’s okay to find other ways to create plays and produce.
The Hawks were ahead  60-67 at the half and at times led by as much as 12.  A 3rd qtr altercation, in which Marcus Smart lost his mind and charged at Deandre’ Bembry swinging at whoever is in front of him (a ref in this case) and being so out of control that it caused a senior member of the Celtics security team to fall to the ground, looked to derail Boston. But, by the 4th quarter the Celtics would find their fire and not only tie the score but pull away from the Hawks.
Kyrie Irving was stellar as usual leading all scorers with 32. But despite the 113-106 defeat, the Hawks continued to show just how diverse and promising this team is.  Compromised of power, speed, accuracy and flash, swag or drip depending on how old you are….the Hawks looked liked a team that’s learning each other’s strengths and deepening its chemistry.  John Collins is a beast around the rim, Jeremy Lin is like a secret assassin who can kill you at the arch or flip a behind the back pass just when you think he’s going to go for the short jumper. Trae Young is shooting 42% from the perimeter right now…that’s not just good..that’s elite. And we haven’t even gone into the skill sets that Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Deandre’ Bembry bring.  Simply put, the ingredients are there.  Thee Hawks just need to perfect the recipe.
Up next, the Hawks will host the Magic on MLK day while the Celtics welcome the Heat.

Dwyane Wade Plays His Last Game In Atlanta, Solidifies Legacy

(Atlanta, GA) – Sunday afternoon the Atlanta Hawks took on the Miami Heat at State Farm Arena. This was the last time Dewyane Wade would be playing in Atlanta, so there were definitely more D Wade fans in attendance than there were actual Hawks fans. Wade showed up and gave the crowd a couple highlights and scored 11 points. The energy in the Arena was amazing. It felt like a playoff game whenever Wade made one of his amazing plays.

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Dwyane Wade at State Farm Arena, January 6th, 2019. Photo Credit/ Christopher London

Despite all the excitement the Hawks were able to go out and take care of business at home to get a dominating 106-82 point victory. The Hawks led the entire first period and through most of the 2nd, but the heat finally took their first lead around the 7 minute mark in 2nd. That lead was very short lived and the Hawks were able to take a 38-37 point lead into halftime. The Hawks picked back up on the the momentum they started the game with in the 3rd, and proceeded to take full control of the game by outscoring the Heat 41-21 in the 3rd quarter. Miami never recovered from that dominant 3rd period from Atlanta. The Hawks cruised their way through the 4th period on their way to a 24 point victory.

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Photo Credit: Christopher London

Trae Young had a great night leading the Hawks to a victory vs one of his Idols. Young finished with 19 points and swapped jerseys after the game with Dwade. DeAndre Bembry continues to show and prove. Bembry ended his night with 17 points and has really been coming into his own this season. Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce stated that Bembry will be starting these next 4 games so he has a chance to see Exactly what works for him as a starter. John Collins had a quiet night, but even his quiet night always make a huge impact.

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John Collins campaigns for an All-Star seat. Photo Credit/Christopher London

Collins contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds in this victory.In addition to this being Wade’s final game in Atlanta, the future Hall of Famer also reached another milestone. With less than a minute to go in the 3rd Wade landed the 500th 3 pointer of his career. With this shot Wade joined an elite club with only Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players to have at least 20,000 points, 5000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks, and 500 3s. This was another great motivating victory for the Hawks who had just lost really badly to the Bucks on Friday night.

The Hawks are going on a 3 game road trip starting in Toronto so that should be another interesting game. Can’t wait to see what this young team is able to do vs the best team in the league Tuesday night!

By Kennan Johnson

John Collins Scores Career High 30pts Against Nuggets

(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks cut a 4-game losing streak by beating the Denver Nuggets 106-98 at home.  Riding on the shoulders of John Collins, who has continued to increase his scoring over the last three games and hit a career high 30, the Hawks were able to dominate the 2nd and 3rd quarters after being down by 10 at the end of the first period.

Collins’ 30 pts were accompanied by 12 rebounds for a solid double-double. Collins who missed a number of games due to an injury at the beginning of the season seems to really be flourishing with that ankle inflammation and soreness behind him.  He was 12 of 20 from the floor and 3 of 6 from the three point line.

Post game Coach Pierce said, “It helps when he makes threes; he was 3 of 6 tonight. We know what he can do at the rim. But when he gets out there and their helping off of him, when he can knock some of those down, now they have to run out and guard him. I think he had a dunk where he attacked a close out because they were sprinting out to him at the three point line.”

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Nuggets Coach, Mike Malone even had to give up for Collins saying, “He did everything tonight. He hit threes, he got behind us for lob dunks, he worked the offensive glass, and he made plays for his teammates. I believe it was a career-high for John and Bembry, so anytime you give up two career-highs in the same game it’s usually not going to end well. John Collins had a heck of a game for them and he hurt us in every way possible tonight.”

That career high for DeAndre Bembry came in the form of 18 pts as Atlanta cruised to victory for a change.  We’ll see if they can hold that momentum though.

They’ve got a 3-game road trip ahead where they’ll play them Mavericks, Celtics and Nets before they come back home to host the Wizards.

Warriors Hold Off Hawks, But It Wasn’t Easy

(Atlanta, GA) – Soooo…..Stephen Curry came out the gate throwing daggers and dropping bombs which resulted in a monstrous 25 pt first half for the guard (15 of those points came in the final seven minutes of the second qtr) allowing Golden State to build a sizeable lead (62-50) in the first two quarters.

But, in front of an almost sellout crowd, the Hawks had momentum and were prepared to attack and drive just as hard as the Warriors. Atlanta was so composed, Dennis Schröder even hit a shot two steps from half court. You had to be there :).

That was towards the end of the third and added to offensive drives that would ultimately put the Hawks within 2pts with just seconds left to play. Part of that comeback was due to a Curry-less Warriors team who had to play basically the whole second half without their leader.

Even though he said he wasn’t sure whose foot he stepped on, the tweak was so apparent that he was overruled in the decision to remain in the game and had to sit the rest of it out. IMG_8130-2_previewBut when you’re the defending champs, your roster runs so deep you can afford it. The Warriors got 28 from Kevin Durant, 16 from Nick Young, 15 from Klay Thompson and a game winning play by veteran Andre Iguodala.

However, it didn’t just happen like that. During a game that had all the makings of being a blowout, the Hawks didn’t surrender. You can’t deny the resiliency of this team and when they really start to click on both ends of the court, they’re capable of beating anybody really.

IMG_8257-2_previewWith that being said,  as the game entered its final stretch, the Hawks put some plays together that made the sun come out in the center of darkness. In the final two minutes Atlanta went on a 9-0 run led by none other than Dennis Schröder (27) and Kent Bazemore (29). Just like that the score was 111-109 with 19 seconds left.

Keeping the dream alive, the Hawks would foul Kevin Durant on their next possession resulting with the MVP leaving the line 1-1. 112-109. There’s still hope. But this is Golden State. In the Hawks’ final possession a series of passes left them vulnerable and just enough room for Iguodala to force the turnover to which he finished on the rim in championship dunk fashion and that was it. Final Score 114-109.

 

 

Off The Court: Hawks’ DeAndre Bembry Arrested For Speeding

(Atlanta, GA) – Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry is facing charges after being caught speeding in Atlanta early Friday morning. Multiple reports state Bembry was caught going 128 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone. Atlanta Police says it appeared he was racing and he was charged with reckless driving and speeding.

The first round draft pick and second-year player is averaging 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18 games for the Hawks this season.
The AJC Reports: About 12:20 a.m., Atlanta police saw a purple Dodge Charger driven by small forward DeAndre’ Bembry “traveling at a high rate of speed south of Buford Highway” along with another car, Officer Donald Hannah said.“Both vehicles were changing lanes and appeared to be racing each other as they traveled on I-85 approaching the Buford Highway exit at speeds visually estimated to be close to 150 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone,” he said.
Bembry was booked and released on bond.
IN OTHER HAWKS’ NEWS
The Atlanta Hawks and guard Marco Belinelli are parting ways.  The two sides agreed to a buyout on Friday, making Belinelli a free agent.  The 31-year-old wing is averaging 11.4 points per game and is shooting 37-percent from beyond the arc.  Atlanta had previously bought his name up in trade discussions before Thursday’s deadline.  Belinelli has played for eight teams since being chosen 18th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Hawks vs Nets: Post Game With Coach Mike Budenholzer

(Atlanta, GA) –  Spencer Dinwiddie scored the go-ahead basket with 11 second left as the Nets slipped past the Hawks, 110-105, in Atlanta. Dinwiddie padded the lead late with two free throws as Brooklyn closed the game on a 6-0 run. He finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the win.

Jahlil Okafor scored 17 points off the bench in 12 minutes for Brooklyn. Dennis Schroder keyed Atlanta with 34 points and seven assists in defeat. Kent Bazemore finished with 16 as Atlanta fell to 11-and-31.
Post Game Coach Bud explains what went wrong.