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 Teagu 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
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.
Hawks Update – Week of February
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.
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 10 rebounds.
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.
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 amidst 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 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.
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.