Hawks Update – May 5th
The Atlanta Hawks took the top-seeded Indiana Pacers to the brink of elimination in
the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, and even though they were not able to oust Indiana this season has to
be viewed as a success for the Hawks. The Hawks came into 2013-14 with many people expecting them to be one of the worse teams
in the NBA, but Atlanta looked like a solid club form day one. The team experienced a tough loss early on when they lost star
big man Al Horford to a torn pectoral muscle that ended his season, but they kept on chugging along. One reason they were
able to make the playoffs without their best player was the acquisition of Paul Millsap. Millsap signed a two-year deal with
Atlanta in the offseason, and that move has turned out to be a great one for the organization. The Hawks also saw point guard
Jeff Teague put up his best year as a pro, rewarding the team for awarding him with a nice contract extension in the offseason.
Teague and Millsap proved to be a good enough duo to lead this team to the playoffs.
The Hawks enter the offseason with
a solid roster, but not one that is ready to contend for the NBA Championship. They have some nice pieces, and the team could
see their two first-round picks from the 2013 NBA Draft hit the court for more playing time in 2014-15. The team certainly
would like to see what they have in point guard Dennis Schroeder, who has massive upside. The team will have the 15th pick
in the 2014 NBA Draft, and could land a solid building block in that spot. The 2014 Draft looks like a deep one, so the Hawks
will look to capitalize on that.
Hawks Update – April 28
The Atlanta Hawks come into the 2013-14
season pretty low expectations in general, but the team exceeded them all. Despite losing arguably their best player, Al Horford,
to an injury early in the year, the Hawks were able to land the final sport in the postseason in the Eastern Conference. That
drew them a first-round matchup with the Indiana Pacers. While the Pacers did post the top record in the conference in the
regular season, the team struggled down the stretch and looked beatable heading into the series with Atlanta. Atlanta confirmed
that quickly by taking Game 1. Jeff Teague was masterful in the contest, notching 28 points and five assists. Teague's athleticism
proved to be too much to handle for the Pacers. Forward Paul Millsap added 25 points of his own, as he has proven to be a
fantastic acquisition for this organization.
The two teams would trade off the next three games, evening the series
a 2-2, setting up a Game 5 showdown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hawks played hard in this contest, and
it paid off, as the team was able to capture the victory in convincing fashion. The Pacers were able to outscore the Hawks
by 10 points in the fourth quarter, yet the final score sat at 107-97 in Atlanta's favor. That shows how dominant the Hawks
were through three quarters. Bench player Mike Scott got red hot from deep in the first half, hitting several three-pointers
and racking up 17 points before halftime. Benchmate Shelvin Mack also had himself a nice game, notching 20 points and five
assists. The two teams headed to Philips Arena for a potential close-out game, but the Pacers were able to squeak out a victory
on the Hawks' home court. The clubs will head back to Indianapolis for Game 7.
Hawks Update – Week of April
The Atlanta Hawks may have been the last team to earn a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they're
the team making the most waves in the first round. The Hawks kicked off their series with the number one seed Indiana Pacers
with a stunning victory in Indianapolis. The Pacers have experienced some inner turmoil as of late, and Atlanta capitalized
on that quickly. Point guard Jeff Teague led the charge for the Hawks in this one, racking up 28 points on the night. Paul
Millsap, who has proven to be a huge pickup for the team, added 25 points of his own to go with eight boards. Pacers star
Paul George was able to score 24 points in the game, but he shot just 6 of 18 from the floor, as the Hawks did a good job
in making him work for his scoring opportunities. Atlanta definitely turned some head with this victory.
While the Hawks
would lose Game 2 to the Pacers, they came right back at Indiana once the series moved to Philips Arena. Atlanta took it to
the Pacers in Atlanta, taking Game 3 and showing fans across the nation that they may just have what it takes for a massive
upset in the first round. Again it was Teague that made some big plays for the Hawks, and the point guard finished the night
with 22 points. Teague also did a great job distributing the ball in this contest, racking up 10 assists. Kyle Korver got
hot in this game, scoring 20 points on an efficient sic of nine shooting, which included four three-pointers. The Hawks may
not have the deep stock of talent that the Pacers do, but they have been the better team through three games and have the
Pacers on the ropes.
Hawks Update – Week of April 14th
Not a whole lot was expected out of the Atlanta
Hawks in 2013-14, as they had lost two of their best players over the last two offseasons. The team saw longtime Hawk Josh
Smith leave the team via free agency for a big contract in Detroit and it appeared that Hawks fans were going to have to endure
a season in which Atlanta ended up on the outside looking in come playoff time. That has not been the case, though, as the
Hawks were able to battle all season long and earn the final spot in the postseason in the Eastern Conference. Though they
were not able to notch a.500 record, Atlanta persevered through a lot of adversity this season to do what it took to reach
the playoffs. An early injury to Al Horford, a player that some may say is the best on the Hawks roster, looked like it could
derail a nice start from the team, and while the Hawks did falter a bit following that injury they were able to steady the
General manager Danny Ferry has made some very shrewd moves since signing on with the organization two years ago.
He got away with highway robbery last offseason when he landed forward Pail Millsap on a bargain deal, as the veteran big
man had a fine year for Atlanta. His steadiness was a big part in the team pulling away from the Knicks in the standings down
the stretch to secure their spot in the postseason. Point guard Jeff Teague also had a nice season, providing a scoring spark
for the team when needed but also distributing the ball as a lead guard should. The Hawks have a tough matchup facing them
in the first round of the playoffs, as the Indiana Pacers await.
Hawks Update – Week of April 7th
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 while longer.
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
The 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 24th
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.
The 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
– 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.
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.
Atlanta 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
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Where did current Atlanta Hawks big
man Al Horford play 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.
The 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.
NBA fans 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.