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Al Horford summed it up: “This by far has to be my worst defeat here as a Hawk. I didn’t feel like we wanted to win this game.” Possible exceptions include Ivan Johnson, Willie Green and Tracy McGrady. This was the kind of loss that people who can’t embrace the Hawks predict as soon as they hear LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are out. And then it happened. “I wish they would have played, to be perfectly honest,” Larry Drew said. “I think if they would have played we would have taken a whole different approach.” To get a sense of the Hawks’ disarray in this loss, listen to the various explanations for the poor pick-and-roll coverages that plagued them all game. Drew on Chris Bosh’s game-tying 3 at the end of regulation: “Mental, mental breakdown. Just total mental breakdowns from key players. We knew they were going for the quick basket. We were going to switch a lot of the things. When you make a switch, you come together. We didn’t do that. We tried to cheat the play and …

Horford ready for challenge

Al Horford says the Hawks 'feel good' and are prepared for the challenge of the Miami Heat.

Create-a-Caption: ‘Don’t you sass me, Horford’

"I know what picture those Yahoo! jerks used in those previews, and I'll be a son of a gun if I'm going to see you crack wise while I'm giving you the play. Don't you sass me, Horford." C'mon, Al Horford. I mean, I'm glad you read my parts of BDL's 2011-12 Season Previews, but I don't think you should sass coach Larry Drew in front of everybody...

Tracy McGrady: God-Given Talent Hinders Your Practice Habits

We all know Tracy McGrady is a talented player. When healthy and in the prime of his career, McGrady was one of the most explosive players in the NBA. What hindered him at times was his work ethic. As you may remember, former Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy and GM Daryl Morey said last year that McGrady could be a Hall of Famer if he worked harder in practice.  Now that he is coming...

Ivan Johnson Fast Facts

Since you now know, love and enjoy 27-year old Hawks rookie Ivan Johnson so much. It’s about time you knew some quick facts about this mystery man who has the internet going nuts and the Miami Heat game planning to stop in the future. I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad the league finally has it’s own meaner Chuck Norris. At 27-years old, he’s the oldest rookie in...

Bulls Game Day: Hamilton doubtful vs. up-and-down Hawks

ATLANTA – Things went so badly for the Hawks two days ago, center Al Horford questioned the team’s heart, saying: “This by far has to be my worst defeat here as a Hawk. I didn’t feel like we wanted to win this game.”

Chicago Bulls 76, Atlanta Hawks 74

The Hawks were up 14 points heading into the 4th quarter but that’s when the roof caved in, as the Bulls outscored them 34-18 to win the game.  The Hawks only shot 35% from the floor, but they also played great on defense as the Bulls only shot 33.8% from the floor.  Al Horford (16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals) and Josh Smith (15 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists,...

Reality Check

It really is pretty simple for Josh Smith:OppFGA at rimFGA 15'+PtsTS%@CHA1232359.5%MIA771740.6%@CHI581548.0%@MIA57934.9%@HOU271238.7%NJ35939.8%WASH561553.3%@NJ24531.7%On the season, Josh Smith is making 65.9% of his shots at the rim and 25.5% of his shots outside of 15 feet. He's attempted six more of the latter.Al Horford has received a lot of criticism in the comments here...

Hawks' McGrady to rest ailing knee vs. Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Hawks coach Larry Drew says forward Tracy McGrady will miss Friday night's game against the Bobcats because of a bruised knee.

Atlanta Hawks 102, Charlotte Bobcats 96 in O.T.

The Hawks outscored the Bobcats 11-5 in overtime last night to put them away.  Josh Smith led the way for the Hawks in this game with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.  Marvin Williams (15 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal) and Al Horford (15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shots) also had very solid games for the Hawks...

Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

Tracy McGrady (knee) will play. Rip Hamilton (groin) is doubtful and C.J. Watson (elbow) is out for the Bulls. Larry Drew on Jeff Teague’s lack of defensive energy lately: “Very noticeable. He’s not playing defense with a sense of urgency. He’s playing against guys that, I don’t think he’s taking the defensive challenge the last few games we’ve played. The reason...
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