(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks gave it all they had in Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the half they led 63-55 and was shooting almost 60 percent from the perimeter. At one point Cleveland was down by 11 to which J.R Smith says the feeling was to, “Keep our composure.
At times like that in the past we’ve had bad body language and allowed teams to gout there and do whatever they wanted to do. But tonight we played extremely well. The way Channing played was unbelievable. Everybody played extremely well.”
Channing Frye came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 pts. Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue says, “Channing’s an excellent three-point shooter. I thought the lineup of Kevin and Channing really gave them problems because it opened up the floor for Kyrie and LeBron to get the basket and if their bigs helped, Kevin and Channing would be wide open for shots. Channing did a great job of taking the shots and we want him to be aggressive taking the shots and he made them tonight.”
Channing would prove to be a problem for the Hawks, scoring 7 of Cleveland’s 3s (21). When it was all said and done Atlanta would lose by 13 (121-108). A disappointing loss indeed and that frustration surely took its toll, as displayed when Jeff Teague forcefully pushed/fouled Lebron James causing him to fall into some of the crowd.
Post game James talked about that flagrant foul, their uncharacteristic play, hitting the restart button in the 4th quarter and I asked him about the possibility of returning to Miami for the Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, James says they’re focused on Game 4 and that’s it. It goes down Sunday at Philips Arena. Tip-off is at 3:30pm.
(SL) – Let the games begin! It was a live one at Philips Arena for Game 1 of the NBA playoffs and the Atlanta Hawks came out aggressive and made a statement. They’ve been here before and certainly the goal is to take care of the Celtics and get to round 2. Atlanta held Boston To just 23% shooting in the first half but started slacking on defense and before you knew it their lead was down to just 3. But again, the Hawks have been here before and they were ready for battle and eventually won the war 102-101. Al Horford led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Jeff Teague grabbed a double double as well with 23 pints and 12 assists. Teague was in attack mode. Post game he acknowledges their 2nd half defensive flaws and setting the tone for the series.
Kent Bazemore was also on fire pulling in a season high 23 points and 8 rebounds. Coach Mike Budenholzer talked about Baze’s focus and gives him credit for stepping up and helping the Hawks come alive for game 1.
(SL) – It was a good one and a preview of what we can expect for the playoffs! I think everyone is ready for the 2nd season and The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers gave us a peek at what we can look forward to Friday night at Philips Arena. Where do I start? The Hawks got off to a strong start but by the
end of the 1st quarter, Atlanta was reminded why the Cavs are the top team in the East. Somewhere between the 1st and 2nd quarter Cleveland managed to get ahead by 21 points, but by halftime the Hawks had cut that lead down to 14 with aggressive play by Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague. As the 3rd quarter got underway, Paul Millsap continued to lead offensively and as they headed into the 4th the Cavs only led by 7.
Cleveland would lead by 11 in the 4th, but Atlanta fought back and forced their way into overtime. It would end with Al Horford missing a 3 at the buzzer. Paul Millsap scored a season high 29 points 12 rebounds (yes another double double) and Jeff Teague was pure Nacho with 28 points and 9 assists.Al Horford and Kyle Korver both chipped in 14 points. It was devastating loss indeed considering the Cavs pulled out the win only shooting 39.8%
from the field. Iman Shumpert said their defense came up big when they needed it. Defense along with Lebron James’ 29 points and 16 rebounds and 9 assists was a recipe for victory and landed King James at #11 on the NBA’s scoring list. Kyrie Irving, despite all the drama involving his ex-girlfriend had a good game too scoring 20 points. Kyrie was only 5-23 from the field but made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 20 seconds of OT.
Those free throws are why Lebron James says they felt comfortable putting the ball in Irving’s hands at the end. Lebron said, “I’ve never known him to miss a free throw in OT.” Clutch indeed. Outside of a good game, halftime was pretty entertaining too with the King of The South,
TI, performing for a sellout crowd.that included his three sons who were courtside watching their pop do what he does best. Also in attendance, singer and songwriter, The Dream and rapper Future.Up next, the Hawks will play Phoenix on Tuesday while the Cavs will go head to head with Charlotte on Sunday.
(SL) – As the regular season approaches an end the Hawks and the Wizards will go head to head two more times with the series currently tied after Washington took the W Monday night at Philips Arena.117-102 was the final score but it didn’t seem like the Wizards would pull that far ahead until the 4th quarter. ATlanta played well with Al Horford 1 assist and 1 rebound away from a triple double. He confirmed the last quarter wasn’t one of their best saying, “We just didn’t get good shots. We have to give them credit defensively. They did a good job there.” He went on to say that the Wizards were more aggressive in the second half. Horford said, “They were all over us, a lot of pressure. It’s something we’ll make some adjustments and hopefully be better come Wednesday.”Dennis Schroder wasn’t as effective off of the bench as he has been. He had 9 points, but 4 turnovers. Tim Hardaway Jr., continues to make his presence felt though. He was once again the 2nd highest scorer for the Hawks coming off the bench and hitting 16 and shooting 75% from the field.On the other side, John Wall was John Wall completely healthy and a force on the court. He had 27 points and 14 rebounds while Bradley Beal pitched in 25 points. Marcin Gortat was also a problem with Jeff Teague saying, “Gortat is probably the best screener in the league. I’ve probably never seen anything like it. They make contact. He does his job very well.” As for Wednesday, Teague said they need to be more active on the defensive end, try to get around those screens and try to make it tougher on them.” True indeed as the Wizards took 12 more shots (91-78) than the Hawks and shot 52% from the 3pt line. The Hawks and Wizards will go at it once again in D.C. Wednesday at 7pm inside the Verizon Center.
(Atlanta, GA) – After coming back from a 12 day trip that produced 3 wins for Atlanta, the Hawks were more than happy to be back home against the Grizzlies Saturday night and even more elated after taking another W.
This wasn’t just any victory thought. The Hawks need one more victory to earn a sot in the playoffs and they managed to do solidify positioning against a shorthanded Memphis team.
The injury list for the Grizzlies is long. Centers Chris Anderesen and Marc Gasol are out along with forwards Zach Randolph and Brandan Wright. Guards Mike Conley and Vince Carter were also on the DNP list.. And let’s hope Lance Stephenson doesn’t join them after falling on his wrist. Stephenson said, “I’ll be all right .” He led the Grizzlies with 18 points coming off of a career high 33 points against the Pelicans.
Atlanta took full advantage of the shortage though. Careful not underestimate a disadvantaged Memphis team, the Hawks played defensive smart ball and rolled right through.
Thabo Sefolosha said, thinking a few key players are out and it’s going to be easy is a trap you don’t want to fall into . Sefolosha logged his first double double of the season.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 21 points while Al Horford 19 and Jeff Teague put 18 on the board. Kent Bazemore was scoreless but productive in defense contributing to Atlanta’s 12 blocks and 27 assists.
Atlanta is right back at it Sunday hosting the Pacers while Memphis will take a day off before taking on the Rockets in Houston.
(SL)– It was ugly from the 3pt line, but the Hawks were strong enough in other areas to take a victory over the Bulls. Chicago was without Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler and Atlanta took full advantage. Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg said, “Right from the beginning, they out muscled us,” Hoiberg said. “They got second-chance opportunities pretty much every time down. We’d get an initial stop, then we couldn’t get the ball. Ball movement was not good on the other end.
“I don’t get it. We had three good games, we made a lot of progress, and we took a step back today.”When asked about his team’s turnovers, “We had 21,” Hoiberg said. “And that’s what we’ve talked about for two days is taking care of the basketball. We’d averaged just over 20 against this team, and you just don’t give yourself a chance to win when you have careless turnovers like that. It leads to transition baskets. You’re taking the ball out of the net. I don’t know … too careless.”
The Bulls have struggled against the Hawks all season.Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 19pts, 9 assists and 2 steals while Al Horford chipped in 18 pts. Paul Millsap struggled a bit hitting only 3 shots out of 12, but was big on the boards with 13 rebounds.At the half, the Hawks were 2 for 20 from the arch but Coach Bud says they were good looks and he wasn’t mad at the attempts. In the end though, Atlanta pulled out a 103-88 victory. It’s a much needed win as the Hawks try to position themselves for some playoff action.
It won’t be easy though. After Sunday’s match against the Hornets, the Hawks will prepare for a long trip out West that includes games against the Lakers, Clippers and the Warriors.
(SL – The Atlanta Hawks are on a roll. Putting their troubles and trade rumors behind them, Coach Bud’s Boys seem to have just one thing on their minds…winning. The Hawks have won their last 3 games and look to bring home another one when they play the Orlando Magic Sunday.
But, let’s talk about what happened last night. Paul George and the Indiana Pacers hoped to cramp Atlanta’s style but even with a hot 31, George could not lead the Pacers to victory after defeating the Hawks twice this season. Paul Millsap was right there to answer everything George dished out.
And Al Horford, who has been at the center of trad talks had a huge 4th quarter for Atlanta to secure a nice lead and eventually the W. His jumper with just 1:19 left was huge and put the Hawks up 95-90. Horford finished with 21-points, 7 rebounds and 6-assists.
Atlanta recovered from a rough 1st half that included several turnovers and and even though they were out rebounded the Pacers couldn’t keep up with the drive and transition that the Atlanta Hawks are known for. Can they keep it up is the question? Jeff Teague believes if they stay focused they can. A lot of the Hawks’ problems have long been rumored to be mental. The talent is there and Teague, once again, gave Atlanta
several reasons to reconsider swapping him out. He had 16 points to help Horford and Millsap who scored 24 lead Atlanta past Indiana and maintain that 3rd place spot in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta will play Orlando in Orlando Sunday at 1pm and again at home Monday at 8pm.
(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks played like they had something to prove Monday night inside Philips Arena. After not being able to finish in the win column the last couple of games, the Hawks seemed determined to change things around against the Dallas Mavericks. Kyle korver and Jeff Teague got things moving early setting the pace and attacking the basket early..
Jeff Teague was driving, shooting and dishing giving several reasons why Atlanta should take his name out of trade talks. Teague had 32 pionts, 8 assists, was 5-6 from the 3-pt line,, 12- 15 from the floor and 3-3 from the FT line. Teague had that look in his eyes but as usual kept a calm demeanor but his attack was ferocious. He was only 2 away from his career hight but Teague wasn’t concerned about that. Post Game he said he just wanted to win. I caught up with the point guard in the locker room where he commented on the Hawks play offensively and defensively as well as building on their win against the Mavericks.