(SL) – After losing Game 4 100-99, the Atlanta Hawks’ season is officially over. A few questions on everyone’s mind: What is the missing link? Al Horford’s free agency? And will Kent Bazemore stay in the Atl? See the video below to see what Kent himself has to say about what could or could not be next season.
(SL) – When Kyle Korver hit the court Tuesday night you could tell he was in a zone. He looked intense and although he was probably walking at a normal pace as he made his way through the line, the ferocious look he had in his eyes made it look as if he was walking in slow motion.
Korver was indeed about to make a movie. Out the gate the 3 point king was draining threes and forcing the Celtics to reevaluate any defensive measure they thought they could angle. Korver had 17 pts, 7 rebounds and shot 5-7 from the arc helping the Hawks take game 2 in the NBA playoffs 89-72. Yes, Korver had the same number of 3 pointers as the entire Celtics team. Korver also had 1 BS to add to a franchise record 15 blocks for the Hawks.
Post Game I asked the 3pt king about his shooting and the intensity he carried for the night:
Celtics Coach Brad Stevens was asked if they were slightly misled by Korver’s 2 pts in game 1 and he quickly responded with, “No.” Stevens said that Korver is the type of player that’s a part of Boston’s daily conversation. He said there were no excuses for what happened. Atlanta dominated the game and that’s it.
Coach Brad Stevens Part II
The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas who scored 16 points. Boston was held to just 72 points for the game and shot poorly from the 3 pt line (5-28). They shot just 32 % from the field.
(SL) -The NBA Playoffs continued Tuesday night with the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics facing off for game 2 at Philips Arena. But it wasn’t much of a match with Atlanta coming out the gate early and setting the tone for a complete blowout. Boston never had a chance after being limited to just 7 – 1st quarter points. Something that Celtics 2nd unit leader Evan Turner says was just downright unacceptable.Post Game I asked Boston Guard Evan Turner about The Celtics’ slow start:
Overall, the Hawks would hold them to just 72 points for the night..a serious compliment to the defensive effort by the Atlanta. Coach Mike Budenholzer talked about the way the Hawks started the game and their defensive focus.
The Hawks hope to maintain their momentum as they prepare to travel to Boston for game 3 on Friday. Tip off is at 8 pm.
(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) – 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.
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(SL) – Kris Humphries offically touched the rim in Philips arena Saturday night after signing with the Atlanta Hawks while they were on that 12 day road trip. Humphries has been making his presence known getting into the offense and adding more power down low. The PF/C was a contributing factor in Atlanta’s win over Memphis. Post game I caught up with Kris who I must say is a character. lol. As he talked about adjusting to Atlanta’s system he reminded everyone about daylight savings time lol.. Welcome to the A, Kris!
(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.