(SL) – The great comeback indeed! The Hawks were phenomenal against the Wizards during game 3 of the playoffs. After falling 0-2 and determined to get their MMA skills up, it looks like Atlanta came ready to battle. John Wall didn’t have much help making it an easier win than anticipated. Post Game with Atlanta’s ball master and the golden kid as they talk about resetting the series and leaving their mark on Washington.
(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks struggled out of the gate against the Washington Wizards. The end result wasn’t pretty. 112-86. Post Game I talked to Paul Millsap about their difficulties.
Wizards’ Forward Markieff Morris helped lead Washington over the Hawks who before this game had led the Wizards by a game and a half in the East. Post game, Markeiff explained the importance of winning this game and how the offense clicked.
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(SL) – Sadly, this past week the basketball world lost a legend. Beloved NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager lost his 2 year long battle with cancer. The Atlanta Hawks paid their respects before the game with a moment of silence and a touching tribute dedicated to the memory of Sager. Hawks cheerleaders wore bright, colorful Sager like T-shirts to show their respects, and Harry the Hawk even showed up dressed in his most outlandish getup, attempting to impersonate Sager whom will forever be known for his flashy and eccentric suits, as well as his cool, calm and collective sideline demeanor.
Saturday night the Hawks welcomed the 14-13 Charlotte Hornets to Philips Arena for the first time this season. The Hawks lost 100-96 back on November 18th when these two teams met in Charlotte. Since Atlanta last played Charlotte, the Hawks have only been on the winning end of 4 of their last 16 games, and unfortunately for the Hawks, the struggle to get back on track will continue as they also lost this game 107-99.
The Hornets held on to the lead throughout most of this game. The Hawks did make a strong push in the 4th taking the lead twice, but just weren’t able to maintain it as the Hornets continued to get key rebounds and keep the Hawks from scoring points when they desperately needed them the most. This made it nearly impossible for Atlanta to get any momentum going. Former Hawks forward Marvin Williams put the final nail in the coffin after making a 3 pointer with 27.8 seconds remaining in the game, to put the Hornets up 102-97.
(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks got back on the win column at Philips Arena defeating the Houston Rockets 112-97 . Coming in Dwight Howard dispelled rumors that he and James Harden had beef. But he sure played like he was sending a clear message to the Rockets and Atlanta….Daddy’s home! It was a good one in the ATL as Millsap, Howard and Kent Bazemore got to work early jumping out on Houston and they never looked back.
(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks took on their last West coast opponent in Philips Arena when they hosted the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night. It was a beautiful and horrible start all at the same time, but in the end everything would work out.
A 16-3 run put the Hawks in front of the Suns halfway through the 1st quarter, but a timeout by Phoenix proved to be effective in calming things down. The Suns responded with a 13-2 run that included three shots from the arc to retake the lead at 22-20. Defense was not a strong point for the Hawks, allowing 38 points in 12 minutes, 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. Phoenix was on fire, but when the dust settled, the Hawks regrouped.When the 4th quarter started, everything started to click for the Hawks. Atlanta with a 26-6 spurt gave the home team a 96-79 lead with less than five minutes remaining and seemingly dimmed all the light in the Suns. They simply had no comeback. As usual,Paul Millsap was that dude, finishing with 13 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists , while Al Horford had (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Kent Bazemore (16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) put together most of rest. Defensively, the Hawks will have to pull it together for playoffs. Atlanta will have to be strong in all areas if they plan on making it past the 1st round.
(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) – The Atlanta Hawks weren’t playing any games Sunday against the Indiana Pacers. The Hawks came out swinging and never looked back. After jumping out early and allowing the Pacers to make a little bit of a run heading into halftime, they still managed to sit comfortably ahead by 14 (52-38) at the halfway mark. And then the 3rd quarter came and Atlanta went on a 20-0 run and it was officially over. Continued good play from Thabo Sefolosha who was one shot from being perfect from the field and Kris Humphries who continues to help the Hawks solidify its 2nd unit defense also helped push the Hawks to victory. Just to give you an idea of how good Atlanta was they had 15-3s, 50 rebounds and assists all of which hint at the accuracy, good ball movement and board domination that was executed by the Hawks.
Post Game Coverage: I caught up with Thabo and Paul to discuss some of those key points.
(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks stole the show at this year’s Atlanta Sports Council’s Atlanta Sports Awards. Paul Millsap was nominated for Athlete of the Year, Hawks’ Coach Mike Budenholzer was in the Coach of the Year category and the Atlanta Hawks also had a nod for Team of the Year and were successful in winning all three.
After winning Athlete of the Year, Millsap said , “I was shocked. There are so many great athletes in this city.”
Millsap was the leading scorer for the Hawks who won 60 games and reached the Conference Finals in 2015.
“I’m very appreciative of Atlanta,” Budenholzer said. “I love living here. I love coaching here”The Coach of the Year and Team of the Year awards included nominees at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. The council also handed out awards for Collegiate Athlete of the Year and High School Athlete of the Year. The night concluded with two special presentations, highlighted by former Braves pitcher and Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award.