Atlanta Hawks News
9-22-14: The immediate future of the Atlanta Hawks seems to be a up in the air as the majority owner Bruce Levinson will sell his controlling interest and ownership stake in the team due to a 2012 e-mail where Levinson is quoted making racially charged remarks. Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is taking an indefinite leave of absence as it came out he made offensive remarks about free-agent Luol Deng earlier in the summer. With the team for sale it begs the question if relocation is a possibility, particular a move to Seattle. The Atlanta Hawks have recorded bottom ten attendance despite the team making the playoffs for the past 7 seasons.
8-13-14: The Atlanta Hawks were the 8th seed this past season and almost bounced the number 1 seed in the East the Indiana Pacers in the first round. The Hawks however, have had a relatively quiet offseason as the core of their team remains unchanged with Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford still are the big three with Demarre Carroll and Kyle Krover will add support to defense and three shooting respectively. Atlanta has made some minor moves by drafting Adreian Payne and signing veteran defensive stopper Thabo Sefolosha.
Atlanta Hawks 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 15, Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State
Round 2, Pick 43, Walter Tavares, C, Spain
Round 2, Pick 48, Lamar Patterson, SG, Pittsburgh (via trade with Milwaukee Bucks)
5-12-14: The Hawks were not built to be a successful team in the 2014 playoffs, and they still were on the verge of taking out the first-seeded Indiana Pacers. However, Atlanta could not win its first road Game 7 in franchise history. The Hawks struggled in the first half and could not make up the large deficit in the final 24 minutes. Paul Millsap put up 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds to go along with four assists and four steals in the final game of his first season in Atlanta. After spending his entire NBA career in Utah, Millsap looks like he is ready to be a main contributor to a playoff contender in Atlanta.
5-5-14: The Hawks and Indiana Pacers split their first six games of the series. Although Atlanta squandered its first opportunity to close out the Pacers, Mike Budenholzer’s squad hopes to win Game 7. In Game 4, the Hawks shot terribly from within the arc and lost by just three points. Paul Millsap scored a game-high 29 points that afternoon, but the Pacers dominated the Hawks on the fast break. In Game 5, Shelvin Mack scored a team-high 20 points en route to the Hawks’ 107-97 victory. However, Atlanta could not win Game 6 at home. Jeff Teague led all scorers with 29 points that night at Philips Arena, but the Pacers were victorious.
4-28-14: The Hawks have a good chance at upsetting the No. 1 seed. This Atlanta team, the one that was victorious in just 38 games during the regular season, leads the series, 2-1. In Game 1, the Hawks defeated the struggling Indiana Pacers, 101-93. Jeff Teague scored a game-high 28 points, and DeMarre Carroll led all players that night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with 10 rebounds. Teague scored half of his Game 1 points in the third quarter as the Hawks took a large lead. Then, after being blown out in Game 2, the Hawks bounced back on Thursday in Game 3. Teague and Paul Millsap registered double-doubles in the 98-85 victory.
4-21-14: The Eastern Conference had a subpar 2013-14 season, but the Hawks took advantage of it. They finished with a 38-44 record, which was one game better than the New York Knicks for the eighth playoff spot. Atlanta finished the regular season winning six of its final eight games. The Hawks won two of their four meetings with the Indiana Pacers, and one of those victories came on April 6 at Indiana. The Hawks destroyed the Pacers in the first half of that contest and cruised to the 107-88 victory. Jeff Teague led all scorers with 25 points in that game, and he hopes to lead the Hawks to the first-round series win.
4-16-14: Atlanta Hawks playoff tickets average $201 on the secondary market, which is 5th in the eastern conference and 9th overall. The regular season average was $106, meaning there is an 88% premium for the playoffs. The Hawks are locked in to the 8th seed and will face the Pacers in the opening round.
4-7-14: The Hawks are on the verge of missing the playoffs with their poor play down the stretch. They went 1-2 this past week and are now fighting with the New York Knicks for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. On Saturday, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll both sat out, and the Hawks fell to the Washington Wizards by four points. On Monday, Paul Millsap helped Atlanta stop its six-game losing streak. He scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-95. However, the Hawks dropped Wednesday’s contest against the Chicago Bulls to fall to 10 games below .500.
4-1-14: The Hawks received a couple days of rest before they played a whopping five games this past week. Unfortunately, they did not play consecutive games in the same city. The results indicated that this Hawks team is running out of gas this season. Atlanta hosted the New Orleans Pelicans in the first contest, and the Hawks lost, 111-105. Next, they played two back-to-back sets to finish the week. They traveled to Toronto for the front end and returned home to face the Phoenix Suns. Atlanta lost those games by a combined 17 points and then lost the next back-to-back set by a total of 39 points. The final two games were against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers.
3-24-14: The Hawks have gone from one of the league’s worst teams in March to one of the best this past week. With three more victories, they pushed their winning streak to five games. On Saturday, Atlanta hosted the Denver Nuggets and defeated them by five points. Then, two days later, the Hawks played a back-to-back set. The first of the two contests was in Charlotte. Behind Paul Millsap’s game-high 28 points, Atlanta continued its dominance against the Bobcats with a 97-83 victory. On Tuesday, the Hawks returned home to face the Toronto Raptors. Jeff Teague’s 34 points led the way in Atlanta’s 118-113 overtime win.
3-17-14: Finally, the schedule has softened for the Hawks. After their six-game road trip, they returned home for their final game of the week. Atlanta hosted the league’s worst team in the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday and beat them, 102-97. This victory extended the Hawks’ winning streak to two games. Atlanta was victorious on Monday at Utah, and that win stopped the Hawks’ six-game losing streak. Kyle Korver scored a game-high 26 points in the contest against his former team. The Hawks now have a lighter schedule for the rest of March, so they should take advantage of that to put them in a better position to hold onto their eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
3-10-14: This is not the time that the Hawks want to be on the road. The last time they won a game away from home was during the end of January. Atlanta had a light week in terms of games, but the opponents were difficult. The Hawks took on the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Mike Scott started at power forward and scored 20 points in the high-scoring affair, but the Hawks were on the losing side. The Suns took the game, 129-120. Then, the Hawks traveled to Portland. Atlanta lost that contest, and Kyle Korver missed each of his five attempts from 3-point distance. Since Korver was unable to make a 3-pointer in that game, his NBA-best regular-season streak of making at least one 3-pointer ended at 127 games.
3-3-14: The Hawks have lost 3 in a row, but luckily they are hanging on to the 8th seed in the East. Thanks to the continued ineptitude of the Cavs, Knicks, and Pistons, it looks like the Hawks will be staying in the playoff hunt despite dealing with injuries to Paul Millsap and Pero Antic.
3-2-14: The Hawks’ fast descent in the Eastern Conference continues. Although Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 21 points, Paul Millsap suffered a right knee contusion and the Hawks lost their eighth consecutive game with a 115-107 loss to the Pistons in Detroit. Over that losing streak, Atlanta dropped from four games above .500 to four games below .500. However, the Hawks finally got a win. On the second night of a back-to-back, behind a career-high 30 points from Mike Scott, Atlanta made a huge comeback to beat the lowly New York Knicks. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Millsap remained out and they lost to the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.
2-28-14: The top 5 most expensive remaining Atlanta Hawks tickets are: April 12th vs the Miami Heat, April 2nd vs the Chicago Bulls, April 9th vs the Boston Celtics, March 15th vs the Denver Nuggets, and April 4th vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. March 18th vs the Toronto Raptors is the season's cheapest remaining game.
2-27-14: The short handed Hawks will have some relief in the front court soon. They've bought out the Spanish League contract of 2013 pick Mike Muscala and have signed him to an NBA contract. The Hawks have been floundering of late and are currently the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference.
2-26-14: Despite a 14 point lead early the game, the Hawks fell to the Bulls last night 107-103. The Hawks defense suffered and let up double digit scoring for all Bulls who saw floor action for more than 5 minutes scoring in double digits. Jeff Teague led the way with 26 point for the Hawks while Mike Dunleavy had 22 for Chicago.
2-25-14: The Hawks recently encountered an 8 game losing while losing their All-Star forward Paul Millsap, but the team rebounded with a 107-98 comeback win from 17 down this past Saturday night vs the Knicks. Also during the game, Kyle Korver extended his streak of 124 games with at least 1 three point field goal.
2-24-14: A couple of Hawks got the opportunity to participate in All-Star weekend. Rookie Pero Antic was selected to take part in the Rising Stars Challenge, but he was forced to sit out the game due to an ankle injury. However, Antic was still part of the winning squad. Then on Sunday, Paul Millsap made his first appearance in an All-Star game and scored six points in the Eastern Conference’s victory. Although it was an enjoyable weekend for those Hawks players, the team continued to fall further below .500. Atlanta dropped contests to the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards to move its losing streak to seven games. In addition, Jeff Teague and Gustavo Ayon have recently been sidelined, but the Hawks did acquire Antawn Jamison from the Los Angeles Clippers.
2-18-14: It is not looking good for the Hawks, as the only team that has a longer current losing streak is the Philadelphia 76ers. Fortunately, Atlanta is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings instead of being a lottery team in the other conference. Unfortunately, Saturday was the only encouraging night of this past week for the Hawks. Paul Millsap filled the stat sheet with 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals in the three-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Then, the week went downhill with losses to the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors by a combined 36 points.
2-10-14: Make it 117 – Kyle Korver has now made at least one 3-pointer in 117 consecutive regular-season games. He continues to blow the former record out of the water, and his success from deep leads to success for his basketball team. This past week, Korver made at least three shots from 3-point distance in two separate games. Both of those contests were victories. However, he made just one 3-pointer and two 3-pointers against the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans, respectively. Atlanta fell in each of those games. When Korver makes at least three shots from downtown in a game this season, the Hawks are 15-5, so Hawks fans will want to see their sharpshooter making many shots from deep.
2-4-14: Although the Hawks won just one game this past week, they were actually lucky. As expected, they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks and lost to the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. However, they played most of the week without starting point guard Jeff Teague after he suffered a left ankle injury on Friday against the Spurs. Then, Atlanta’s home game on Wednesday against the Pistons was postponed due to severe weather conditions. Therefore, Teague received extra rest before returning. Shelvin Mack started in his absence and filled in admirably. He also knew to get the ball to Eastern Conference Player of the Week and first-time all-star Paul Millsap.
1-27-14: After returning from London, the Hawks were in danger of falling back to .500 for the first time since mid-December. However, Paul Millsap had other plans as he led the Hawks’ to a 71-point first half on Monday and eventually a 121-114 victory over the Heat. Millsap was one of seven double-digit scorers for the Hawks that evening at Philips Arena. Atlanta completed its two-game week by traveling to Orlando for a Wednesday night contest. Once again, the Hawks had seven players with at least 10 points as they won another game. Of his 10 points that night, Pero Antic scored a game-high eight in the final quarter, which included four crucial free throws to win the game. Unfortunately for the Hawks, they still cannot avoid injuries: Antic suffered a fractured ankle and is out at least two weeks.
1-20-14: The Hawks are beginning to show that the loss of Al Horford is having a large effect on the team. After losing just five games in all of December, Atlanta has already dropped five contests in January. With the 127-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in London on Thursday, the Hawks dropped to 20-19 on the season. Paul Millsap, who has scored double-digit points in 28 of his last 29 games, will need to play very well for this team to be competitive in the playoffs. First, the Hawks have to make it there. While the Eastern Conference is weak, Atlanta is not going in the right direction in the standings.
1-7-14: It was a below average week for a Heat team that has encountered quite a few injuries lately. Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen sat out Friday’s game at Sacramento, and the Kings defeated the Heat in spite of a game-high 33 points from LeBron James. However, James hurt his groin and ankle in that contest and then sat out Saturday in Portland. Wade and Allen both played, but it was Chris Bosh who led all scorers with 37 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining. That strong performance helped Bosh get Player of the Week honors. LeBron then returned to play on his birthday on Monday at Denver and guided the Heat to a three-point win. Andersen then came back from a three-game absence, but it was LeBron who looked rusty in Thursday’s home loss to the Golden State Warriors.
12-30-13: Through one-third of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Hawks had asserted themselves as the third-best team in the Eastern Conference. They had yet another solid week, but they may have lost Al Horford for the season after he tore his right pectoral muscle on Thursday. Jeff Teague was able to put the team on his back in that contest as he scored a career-high 34 points, including the buzzer-beater in double overtime. In addition, Teague had a strong performance in Monday’s game, which also went to overtime. However, the Hawks lost, 121-119, to the Heat in Miami. Even with that loss, the Hawks had a 2-1 week that began with a 118-85 drubbing of the Utah Jazz.
12-22-13: Over the last week, the Hawks scored more than 100 points in each of their four games. They won all three contests that they played in Atlanta, but lost to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden by five points. Still, the Hawks own the third-best record in the Eastern Conference this season. Kyle Korver put up double-digit points in each of Atlanta’s games this past week, including a season-high eight 3-pointers on Wednesday in the 124-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Korver was one of six different Hawks to score at least 10 points that night.
12-13-13: It was a light week for the Hawks with only two contests on the schedule. On Friday, they had one of their best defensive games of the season. Atlanta kept Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving scoreless for the first time in his career. In addition, Al Horford had a team-high 22 points en route to the Hawks’ 19-point victory. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Hawks, 101-92. However, the Hawks remain the third-best team in the Eastern Conference. Even after having a tough recent stretch, Atlanta is looking like it has a chance to advance far into the playoffs.
12-6-13: The Hawks began the season as one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams, but they have struggled as of late. Although Atlanta split its four games over the last week, it was coming off the team’s longest losing streak of the season. New coach Mike Budenholzer brought his philosophy from his time in San Antonio and has pushed this Hawks team early in the season. Even though Atlanta has racked up losses to the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards recently, they have some impressive victories against the likes of the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers. The Hawks could be a dark horse in the race this postseason.
11-28-13: The injury to Derrick Rose and the struggles from the NYC teams should have Atlanta as the biggest victor moving forward. However, the Hawks seem to have little interest in seizing the opportunity as they have dropped their last three games – including two consecutive blowouts via the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. At 8-8 on the year, Atlanta still controls their destiny in the East – but if Jeff Teague and Al Horford don’t figure out how to take another collective step forward together, it looks like the standard Hawks second-round exit could be on the horizon.
11-22-13: Thanks to All-Star caliber play this season from Jeff Teague, the Atlanta Hawks are rolling towards another Eastern Conference 4/5 playoff seed. After winning three of their last four, including a win over Detroit in Josh Smith’s return to Atlanta, the Hawks are now 7-5 on the season. Teague has been outstanding so far, averaging career highs in scoring (18.4) and assists (8.7) and Paul Millsap has filled in adequately for Josh Smith averaging 16 points per game.
The Hawks evened out to 4-4 over the past week, going 2-1 over their last three games. They could have easily made it 3-0 during that stretch, but fell to the New York Knicks in their last of the three games, despite coming back from a 17-point deficit. The key has been their defense, as no opponent has topped 95 points in any of their last three contests, while they were able to remain efficient on offense through their two wins (100+ points in each).
Despite a new head coach and the loss of star swing man Josh Smith to free agency, the Hawks have remained a highly competitive teams through the first two weeks of the 2013 NBA season. Kyle Korver has offered timely shooting and Jeff Teague has the offense in control, as Atlanta has been in just about every game. In fact, two of their three losses on the year have come by just two points. With over 100+ points in every single game this year, the offense is there for the Hawks. Now they just need to get more consistent on the defensive end.
11-1-13: Although the Hawks had a preseason record of 1-6, they will try to put that behind them as they look to make their seventh consecutive postseason appearance. Longtime Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer became Atlanta’s new head coach during the offseason in hopes of getting the team past the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a very long time. Paul Millsap was the team’s most important acquisition as the Hawks got him for a team-friendly contract back in July. He teams up with Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll in the frontcourt to add a scoring punch in place of Josh Smith, who left for Detroit.
10-18-13: The Atlanta Hawks are 1-3 this preseason with their only victory coming in a 87-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Hawks forward Mike Scott was the top scorer in the game dropping 18 points but it was rookie guard Dennis Schroder who sealed the victory by hitting a runner with 2.1 seconds left. Atlanta would go on to drop their next two games with Al Horford and Kyle Korver scoring over 20 points in those contests. Atlanta has three games left in the preseason:
- October 20 @ Memphis
- October 22 vs Indiana
- October 23 @ Dallas
8-23-13: Good news Hawks fans, you no longer have to groan every time Josh Smith takes a long 2-point jump shot! With J-Smoove exiting in free agency, Atlanta is set to embark on a new journey that should provide a little more team balance. The big offseason story for the Hawks was bringing in free agent PF Paul Millsap to team up with Al Horford. The Hawks also re-signed Jeff Teague and drafted German PG Dennis Schroeder, who looked ready to contribute immediately during Summer League play.
Josh Smith and his Detroit Pistons will return to Atlanta for the first time on Wednesday, November 20th and will make a second trip on January 29th. Dwight Howard, who the Hawks hoped to lure back to his Atlanta home, will visit with the Houston Rockets on Friday, January 10th. The defending champion Miami Heat make their two Atlanta appearances on Tuesday, November 19th and Saturday, April 12th. The Hawks open their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against the Toronto Raptors.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Toronto Raptors
- November 20th – Detroit Pistons
- December 4th – L.A. Clippers
- January 20th – Miami Heat
- January 24th – San Antonio Spurs
7-15-13: The Hawks and free agent power forward Elton Brand have agreed on a 1-year deal.
7-6-13: The Hawks have agreed on a two-year, $19 million contract with free-agent forward Paul Millsap.
2013 Hawks Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 16: C Lucas Nogueira, Brazil (from Boston).
Round 1, Pick 17: PG Dennis Schroeder, Germany.
Round 2, Pick 14: C Mike Muscala, Bucknell (from Dallas).
Round 2, Pick 17: G Raul Neto, Brazil.
6-12-13: Mike Budenholzer has been a long time assistant under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. Next season he will take his first NBA head coaching job as the head man in Atlanta. The Hawks were a 6th seed this season before being eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. The Hawks will be a in a quagmire this July because they were unable to trade off, soon to be free agent star, Josh Smith who is likely to sign a long term deal elsewhere. With young pieces such as Al Horford and Jeff Teague the hawks have more than enough of a foundation to build upon going forward. The Hawks will have back to back picks in the first round of the draft this year, selecting at 17 and then again at 18.
2-25-13: As the trading deadline passed, the Hawks were the most talked about team in the league; however they stood pat, confident in their 32-23 record which is good enough for the current 4 seed in the East. Josh Smith was the player most discussed in all trade rumors but the star free agent to be has not let it affect his play. Leading the team in both scoring and blocked shots, Smith has showed why he is worth keeping with his recent play. Fellow frontcourt-mate Al Horford has also had an encouraging year. After missing most of last year due to injury, Horford has played a solid Power Forward averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. These are both career highs for Horford and he is doing it efficiently shooting 55% from the field. Atlanta will face a tough opponent in the Utah Jazz coming up later this week.
11-26-12: Ridding them-selves of what is perhaps the worst contract in the NBA seems to have had no ill-effect on the Atlanta Hawks. Joe Johnson has moved to Brooklyn and the Hawks have continued winning. Currently in second place with an 8-4 record the Hawks had a signature win in Oklahoma City as well as an 11 point win over the Clippers at home. The Hawks have two winnable games coming up against eastern conference foes. Currently enjoying a five game winning streak, expect the hawks to battle for one of the top 4 playoff seeds.