Hawks Update – Week of April 7th
The Atlanta Hawks are battling it out in the Eastern Conference, looking
to hold on to the final sport in the playoff picture. The New York Knicks are hot on their heels, and the Hawks are going
to have to play well down the stretch to capture a spot in the postseason. The Hawks have been up and down this season. Early
in the year they looked like one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, a club capable of perhaps earning a seed high
enough to grant them home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. However, they lost one of their best players
to injury when Al Horford went down, and Atlanta has been a different team since then. Offseason addition Paul Millsap and
emerging point guard Jeff Teague have helped keep the ship afloat, and they'll hope to keep them above water for just a little
Atlanta helped their cause last week by winning two of their three games, one of which was a huge victory
against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have one of the best records in the Eastern Conference, though they have been struggling
as of late. In this contest, Atlanta jumped out to a 22-point lead by the end of the first quarter and the Pacers were never
able to battle back. Teague led all scorers with 25 points in the game. He has been up and down this season, and there has
been speculation about whether he is the long-term solution at the point in Atlanta, but without him this team would not be
contending for a playoff spot. Millsap notched a double-double in this game, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards. The
Hawks will look to close out the regular season with some big wins.
Hawks Update – Week of March 31st
Atlanta Hawks are fighting to stay in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, but they did not do themselves any favors
last week by losing all of their games. They are fending off the Knicks, but New York is playing well and the Hawks are going
to have to step it up to assure they make the postseason. The Hawks lost to a good Phoenix Suns team early in the week, as
Phoenix is fighting for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs thanks to a surprisingly good year out west. The team got
guard Eric Bledsoe back from injury recently, and the Suns youngster made the Hawks pay in this one to the tune of 20 points,
six rebounds and four assists. Bledsoe's presence could be what pushes the Suns into the playoffs. Against the Suns the Hawks
got solid games out of Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, but they could not eclipse the Suns.
Atlanta took on another
playoff hopeful in the Western Conference player in the week when they faced off with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers
got a great game from star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who tallied 25 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Damian Lillard added 21
points of his own, as the Hawks struggled to contain the reigning Rookie of the Year. This duo has been a huge reason for
the Blazers' success this season. Atlanta saw Jeff Teague score 22 points against Portland, but he did not get enough help
from the rest of the lineup. This Hawks team is going to have to come together for the final games of the 2013-14 season,
or they may find themselves on the outside looking in come playoffs time.
Hawks Update – Week of March
The Atlanta Hawks finished last week hanging on to the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture after
splitting their four games for the week. The Hawks kicked off the week with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on the road.
The Bobcats sat one spot ahead of the Hawks in the conference standings, as Charlotte is having a solid season thanks to the
offseason addition of big man Al Jefferson. Jefferson was able to score 16 points against the Hawks, but Atlanta held him
to 6 of 15 shooting from the floor, making him work for his buckets. Paul Millsap was huge for the Hawks in this contest,
dropping 28 points and leading the team to victory. Center Pero Antic got the start for Atlanta, posting a double-double thanks
to 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Korver played well in the game as well, scoring 10 points to go along with nine rebounds
and four assists. This was a nice win for the Hawks, as it allowed them to gain from ground on Charlotte in the ranks.
Hawks picked up another win later in the week when they defeated the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena. The Raptors are fighting
for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, as they've experience a surge since making some moves around midseason.
One player having a fine season for Toronto is DeMar DeRozan, who was able to put up 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists
in this game, but it was not enough for Toronto to overcome the Hawks in overtime. Hawks point guard was magnificent for the
team, scoring a game-high 34 points and adding five assists and four steals. Millsap notched a triple-double, totaling 19
points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The Hawks will continue to ride Millsap down the stretch.
Hawks Update –
Week of March 17
The Atlanta Hawks are coming off an excellent week in which they held on to the final playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference thanks to victories in all three of their games. The Hawks started the week off with a 112-110 win
over the Utah Jazz. The Hawks saw sharpshooter Kyle Korver catch fire in this one, as the former Jazz player was able to post
26 points on eight of twelve shooting, which included a perfect four of four mark from distance and a flawless six of six
mark from the free throw line. Korver has been a valuable player for the Hawks. While he is not a star player, he plays hard
every night and can catch fire at a moment's notice. He is also a player on a very reasonable contract. Paul Millsap also
had himself a nice game for Atlanta, dropping 23 points and eight rebounds. Millsap has been a huge get for the Hawks, as
the team landed him at a bargain in the offseason. General manager Danny Ferry is proving to be a shrewd and opportunistic
executive for this organization.
The Hawks also took down the Denver Nuggets last week. The Nuggets are fighting hard
to get back into the playoff picture out west, but the Hawks would not let them earn the victory in this contest. Atlanta
got a nice game out of Millsap against Denver, as the Louisiana Tech product dropped 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Korver shot the ball well in this game too, hitting six of his eight shot to rack up 18 points. Atlanta was able to corral
Denver's best player, holding point guard Ty Lawson to just two points on 0-12 shooting from the field. The Hawks will look
to continue their strong play.
Hawks Update – Week of March 10
The Atlanta Hawks are coming off
yet another tough week, and are clinging to a loose hold on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks started
off the week with a loss against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers have taken the Western Conference by surprise this
season with their sustained success. Portland did not make the playoffs last season but look like a different team in 2013-14.
The team has seen LaMarcus Aldridge take his name to the next level, gaining nationwide recognition as a star player for the
first time in his career, and Damian Lillard is having an even better season than his Rookie of the Year campaign. The Hawks
did a good job containing Portland's two stars in this game, but they couldn't find their rhythm on the offensive end of the
court. The Hawks were without forward Paul Millsap, who was out of the game with a knee injury, and the team only saw one
starter score in double figures in the contest.
Two nights later the Hawks fell to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors
are fighting to make the playoffs this season after winning a playoff series last year, and this team is looking for their
best player to help this team win consistently. Steph Curry was held in check by the Hawks in this game, but the Warriors
saw a great all-around effort from their starters and their bench. Millsap returned for this game, and posted a solid 16 and
seven, but it was not enough for the Hawks to prevail. Atlanta needs to fix something soon if they're going to remain in the
playoff hunt. By the end of the week the Hawks had lost 14 of their last 15 games.
Hawks Update – Week
of March 3
The Hawks have continued to struggle lately as they lost both of their games last week. The Hawks kicked
off the week with a contest against the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have been on a tear as of late, and the Hawks hung tough
in this one despite ending up on the losing side. Chicago got 20 points and 12 boards from center Joakim Noah, who has been
playing extremely well as of late. Noah has helped keep this Bulls team afloat after losing Derrick Rose to injury and Luol
Deng to trade, as he plays hard every single play and contributes in a variety of ways on both ends of the court. Mike Dunleavy
didn't shoot that well from the floor, but ended up with 22 points in the game. Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague had himself
a nice game in this one, scoring 26 points and adding seven assists, but it was not quite enough to give Atlanta the victory.
The Hawks were without Paul Millsap due to a knee contusion.
Atlanta fell to the Boston Celtics the following night
in what has to be viewed as a disappointing loss for the Hawks. The Celtics do not look like a playoff team in the Eastern
Conference this season, and the Hawks need to beat teams like that if they're going to hang in there and reach the postseason.
The Hawks simply couldn't handle the guard play from Boston, as Rajon Rondo dropped 22 points and 11 assists, and Jerryd Bayless
led all scorers with 29 in the game. Atlanta got another nice game out of Teague, and DeMarre Carroll played very well, but
Boston ran away with this one.
Hawks Update – Week of February 24th
The Atlanta Hawks have been
struggling as of late after playing well throughout much of the first half of the season. The team entered last week on a
five-game losing streak and would extend that streak to eight before breaking it. The Hawks were saddled with a tough match-up
on February 18th when they had to go to Indianapolis to play the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers had the best record in the Eastern
Conference at the time, and have looked like the best teams in the East for the entire season. The Pacers jumped out to an
early lead in this one, scoring 12 more points that Atlanta in the first quarter. And while Atlanta would only lose by 10,
they just couldn't dig themselves out of that early hole. Kyle Korver helped to keep the Hawks afloat in this game thanks
to 7 of 10 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 7 from distance, that resulted in 19 points on the night. He was one of
only two Hawks starters to score on double figures in the game. The Atlanta bench did some solid damage in the contest, seeing
Mike Scott and Lou Williams chip in some scoring, but it wasn't enough. Paul George led the Pacers in scoring with 22.
Hawks got a much-needed win against the New York Knicks four days later. The Knicks have not exactly been the epitome of winning
basketball as of late, but a win is a win, especially when you're losing. Carmelo Anthony led the game in scoring with 35
points on the night, but as has been the case too often with this Knicks team he received little help on the offensive end
of the court. Mike Scott was the star of this contest, as he got the hot hand off the bench and canned six of his seven three-point
attempts on his way to 30 points.
Hawks Update – Week of February 17th
The Atlanta Hawks are shooting
for the top half of the Eastern Conference standings by season's end this year, and would greatly benefit from earning home
court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The team has weathered quite the storm this season after losing longtime
Hawk Josh Smith in the off-season to free agency and then Al Horford to injury early in the 2013-14 campaign. The signing
of forward Paul Millsap has proven to be one heck of a bargain for savvy general manager Danny Ferry, who has this team pointed
in a great direction with plenty of flexibility. The Hawks are competitive and rebuilding simultaneously, something that is
extremely difficult to accomplish in the National Basketball Association. Playing in the Eastern Conference helps on the front,
but it is impressive nonetheless.
The Hawks have been struggling to win games recently, though, evidenced by the five-game
losing streak that the team took into the All-Star break. The last game before the break was a loss at the hands of a Toronto
Raptors team that has been surging as of late. DeMar DeRozan lit it up in this contest, scoring 31 points on the night. DeRozan
has played much better since the Raptors shipped Rudy Gay to Sacramento, as he's got a lot more freedom with the ball in his
hands as the top scorer on the roster. Gustavo Ayon played very well in this game against Toronto despite being quiet for
much of the season. His 18 points and 10 rebounds were the lone bright spot for the Hawks in this loss, and he has proven
with multiple teams that he can produce when given the proper minutes. Ayon could be a guy that sticks in the front-court
rotation if he continues to perform. The Hawks need to halt their losing ways of late, though, if they're going to have a
real shot in the postseason.
Hawks Update – Week of February 10th
The Atlanta Hawks did not have
a great week last week, losing all three of their contests. While that is obviously not what the team wants to see on the
court, they still found themselves above the.500 mark following the three losses and firmly in the mix for a playoff seed
high enough to earn Atlanta home court advantage in the first round of the postseason. The Hawks started out the week with
a match-up against the Indiana Pacers. This was no easy task, as the Pacers have the best record in the Eastern Conference
and are widely considered a legitimate threat to the Miami Heat's reign over the Eastern Conference. The Hawks fought hard
against Indiana, falling by a mere four points in the end. Atlanta did a nice job bottling up Pacers star Paul George, holding
him to 6 of 16 shooting from the field. David West was able to pick up the slack, though, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10
boards. The Indiana defense proved to be too much for Atlanta, as no Hawks starter was able to score in double figures. The
fact that the Hawks were able to hang with what could be the best team in the East was a kind of victory in itself.
also matched up with the New Orleans Pelicans, and again were bested by a small margin. The Pelicans were able to take home
the 105-100 victory behind another great performance from second-year big man Anthony Davis. Davis dropped 27 points in the
contest and added 10 rebounds as he continued to show that he is one of the NBA's rising young stars. The Hawks actually entered
the fourth quarter with a lead in this game, but ceded 34 points to New Orleans in the final period of play to lose their
grip on the contest. Atlanta saw DeMarre Carroll score 22 points in the game, and Carroll has been a pleasant surprise for
the organization in 2013-14. Paul Millsap continued to pick up the slack left in the wake of Al Horford's season-ending injury,
scoring 26 points and notching 10 rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks - Schedule in 2013-14
The Atlanta Hawks
are looking to soar above the competition by playing well on the court this season. The Hawks have a roster that has experienced
a lot of turnover over the last two years, and fans are eager to see how their new-look Hawks perform on the hardwood in 2013-14.
The Hawks play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, a division that features some of the better teams in the
conference, including the NBA Champion Miami Heat. The Hawks played well last season, notching a 44-38 record on their way
to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Hawks will be leaning heavily on players like Paul Millsap and Jeff
Teague this season to make a return trip to the postseason, and by the look of the conference that is a totally reasonable
goal. The Hawks have a lot of young talent on their roster as well, and they have stockpiled some draft picks in an effort
to rebuild this roster on the fly without sacrificing many wins in the process. The Hawks have a home schedule filled with
tough match-ups this season, and they'll need to see their most loyal fans packs into the stands at Philips Arena for all
the biggest games. This should be a great season of Atlanta Hawks hoops.
The Hawks have their sights set on the Southeast
Division title, but they'll have to go through the Miami Heat to reach that goal. That is going to be no easy task, as the
Heat have won the last two NBA titles, but the Hawks are not about to back down from the challenge. The Heat will come into
Philips arena several times this season to take on the Hawks, and those will be huge games for Atlanta. The Hawks will look
to ground LeBron James, considered by many people to be the best basketball player in the National Basketball Association.
James is one of the more versatile players in the league and has no real weakness, so there is only so much a defense can
do to slow him down. However, if a defense does succeed in that task they still have to worry about Dwyane Wade and Chris
Bosh. That is what makes the Heat so tough, that and the fact that they're one of the best defensive teams in the league as
well. Beating the Heat will be no easy task, but the Hawks will look to rise to the occasion every time Miami comes into their
house in 2013-14.
Another team that the Hawks will have their eye on is the Washington Wizards. The Wizards got off
to a slow start last season but finished the 2012-13 season strong thanks largely in part to their young back-court. The Wizards
have a well-rounded roster that features a nice combination of veteran leadership and young talent, a combination that could
have them contending for a spot in the postseason. As a division rival of the Hawks, Washington poses a threat to Atlanta's
standing in the Southeast this season. With a young tandem in the backcourt that includes John Wall and Bradley Beal, the
Wizards definitely look to be a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks might not be able to match up with the
Wizards from an overall talent standpoint, but they should be able to contend with this squad through grit and good coaching.
The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team that is a part of the National Basketball Association.
The Hawks play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, and find themselves matched up with divisional opponents
like the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards more than any other teams. The Hawks are in the
middle of a major makeover right now, seeing the core of their team from the past few seasons move on to different teams.
The team saw forward Josh Smith move on after nearly a decade with the team, and Atlanta brought in Paul Millsap to replace
him on a reasonable contract. The team also re-signed point guard Jeff Teague to a new contract, and he has responded by playing
very well thus far in 2013-14. The team lost cornerstone big man Al Horford for the season to an injury, but this well-coached
group looks like they're going to persevere and continue their run at the playoffs.
National Basketball League is the cream of the crop when it comes to hoops, and everyone who has been to an NBA game in person
can attest to that. The NBA features players from all over the globe that have reached the pinnacle of their craft. The overall
talent level of the NBA is what makes every game so interesting and fun to watch. When you're there in the stands at Philips
Arena for a Hawks game, you'll see why so many people head out to games all the time.
current Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford play his college ball?
The answer is the University of Florida, where Horford
teamed up with Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer to bring the program a National Championship.
Atlanta Hawks are a pro basketball team that is a member of the National Basketball Association, the best hoops league on
the planet. The Hawks were founded in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons and underwent several name changes before becoming the Atlanta
Hawks in 1968. The team has had some great players over the years, including Doc Rivers, Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis.
The Hawks have won their division title four times over the course of their history.
are as dedicated as they come, heading to arenas all over the country throughout the season to see their favorite teams in
action. Fans of the Atlanta Hawks are no different, and that's something you can see when you head out to a game at Philips
Arena this season. These fans love to see fast breaks that lead to huge slam dunks, and you can join them in the stands.