Atlanta Hawks Clinch Playoff Berth After the Best Start in Franchise History

Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates after a score against the Houston Rockets on March 3, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Their spot was solidified after a solid win over a Western Conference powerhouse in the Houston Rockets, albeit without James Harden on the court. The shocking part of this is that the Hawks were considered...
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Atlanta Hawks First Team to Clinch 2014-15 NBA Playoff Berth

Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks is congratulated by former Hawk Dominique Wilkins after the game against the Houston Rockets on March 3, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Before this NBA season started, nobody could have predicted that the Atlanta Hawks would perform this well over the first 3/4 of an 82-game season. After being...
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Josh Smith: Hawks fans are ‘very fickle and bandwagoners’

  Rockets forward Josh Smith called Hawks fans “bandwagoners” after Houston’s 104-96 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday. Smith, an Atlanta native who played his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks, was booed loudly whenever he touched the ball.  In the third quarter, Smith drained a 3-pointer and shushed the crowd by placing his finger over his lips as the Hawks called...
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NBA-leading Hawks rally past Rockets as James Harden sits

  Al Horford knew the Atlanta Hawks would eventually respond to Houston's big lead. He just didn't know when. ''It's a credit to our guys,'' Horford said. ''Guys were relentless, kept fighting. The biggest thing for us was we really locked in on defense. That put us in position to win the game.'' Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied...
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Teague, Horford help Hawks rally from 18 down, beat Houston

ATLANTA (AP) Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to win their fifth straight game, 104-96 over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. James Harden, the league's leading scorer, was serving a one-game suspension and did not play for Houston, but the Rockets led for the most of the game until Teague's...
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The Final Stretch: Breaking Down The NBA MVP Race

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the Houston Rockets on January 21, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The NBA season is dwindling down to its last stretch and we have more than a handful of potential candidates for numerous reasons, but three stand out above the rest at this point in time....
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NBA Week 19 Forecast

4 Games: Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Warriors, Rockets, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Pelicans, 76ers, Suns, Kings, Raptors, Jazz 3 Games: Hawks, Pistons, Pacers, Clippers, Bucks, Timberwolves, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Trail Blazers, Spurs, Wizards PG Stephen Curry – GS Chris Paul – LAC John Wall – Was Kyrie Irving – Cle Jeff Teague – […]
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Hawks show they can rely on backups to keep winning

ATLANTA (AP) John Jenkins insists he wasn't surprised when the Atlanta Hawks earned their latest win on the road without three starters and a top backup. Saturday night's 93-91 win at Miami was perhaps the most impressive demonstration of the Hawks' depth this season. All-Star center Al Horford stayed home with his wife and newborn son. Starters Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll...
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Court Vision: Millsap, defense help short-handed Hawks drop Heat

Al Horford sat out. So, too, did Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll and Pero Antic. Still, not having those resting starters wouldn't keep the Hawks from winning the second game of back-to-backs for the eighth time this season. Behind Paul Millsap's 22 points and Kyle Korver moving to fourth on the franchise's all-time 3-point list with No. 549, they edged the Heat 93-91 Saturday night...
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Heat Check: Miami stumbles out of gate, struggles to catch Hawks

MIAMI -- The Miami Heat suffered through another poor shooting night and trailed the entire game in a 93-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena. With the Hawks owning a nine-game lead atop of the Eastern Conference and playing on the second night of a back-to-back, head coach Mike Budenholzer elected to rest Jeff Teague, Pero Antic and DeMarre Carroll...
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Court Vision: Hawks blow early lead, still win by 7 over Magic

Going inside the Atlanta Hawks' 95-88 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night at home, their third win in a row: THREE-POINT TAKE 1. The Hawks were quick out of the gate, but not much for stamina In the first 2:38 of the game, the Hawks were able to drain a bucket from Al Horford, two from DeMarre Carroll (one a 3-pointer) and a three ball from Kyle Korver. By the time the Magic...
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Hawks have embraced Budenholzer's ball-sharing system

ATLANTA (AP) The Eastern Conference standings are not the only proof the Atlanta Hawks are mastering Mike Budenholzer's ball-sharing, pass-happy scheme. The second-year coach said Tuesday he likes seeing his players get on each other when someone strays from his lessons of court spacing, pick-and-rolls and pass after pass. Long known for isolation basketball, the Hawks had to change...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Atlanta Hawks Contenders or Pretenders?

Jeff Teague #0, Al Horford #15, Paul Millsap #4, and Kyle Korver #26 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrate after a score against the Indiana Pacers on January 21, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The Atlanta Hawks are by far the biggest surprise of this NBA season and currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference with 44 wins, which...
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The path to stardom for point guards in today's NBA is a long one

Common knowledge in the NBA says big men take time to develop. Over the past few years, however, the same has been true for point guards as well.Paul Flannery over at SB Nation touches on this in his recent article breaking down the crazy trade deadline a few days ago.Point guards also take several years to develop, which has consequentially led several of them to sign some of the...
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Preview: Hawks at Bucks

The last time the Atlanta Hawks visited Milwaukee, they bounced back from a blowout loss to the Bucks a night earlier and began the longest win streak in franchise history. Now the Hawks return to the Bradley Center looking for history to repeat itself following their worst setback since the one that preceded their impressive run. In a matchup of two of the NBA's most surprising...
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Raptors dominate Hawks in matchup of East's top teams

  The matchup of the Eastern Conference's top teams turned into rout as Toronto opened the second half of the season with a surprisingly lopsided 105-80 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Lou Williams had 26 points while making seven of 10 3-pointers and DeMar DeRozan had 21 points for Toronto. The Raptors outscored the Hawks 28-13 in the third quarter to turn a close game...
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Five key questions facing Hawks after All-Star break

They took over the All-Star Game, at least for a few minutes. The Hawks contingent of Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague hit the floor together Sunday at Madison Square Garden, putting an exclamation point on a first half of a season in which Atlanta owned the Eastern Conference. With 43 wins, the Hawks already have five more than they had the entirety of last...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

All-Star Game Review: Hawks share the court and spotlight in MSG

All they needed was DeMarre Carroll. After Mike Budenholzer called a timeout with 3:28 to go in the first quarter of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Madison Square Garden, the Eastern Conference/Hawks coach sent out a lineup that was overwhelming Atlanta as reserves Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague all took the floor. The East's leaders proceeded to score 13 straight...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

An Almost All-Star, Lou Williams Is The Raptors X-Factor

The Raptors guard Lou Williams comes off the bench for Toronto, but he received 82,135 All-Star votes from the fans this year and that was almost as many votes as the Hawks All-Star point guard Jeff Teague. There is a reason for Williams’ popularity, when he is on his game, the results are spectacular.
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Fallon, NBA All-Stars exchange Superlatives

Jimmy Fallon elected to go after a group of NBA All-Stars with his latest Tonight Show Superlatives segment and, as always, the results were quite amusing. However, instead of moving on from the superlatives, the show welcomed the group that Fallon ripped a night earlier. Those All-Stars handed out their own superlatives to the Tonight Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Late-blooming Millsap shows his versatility for the Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Jeff Teague knew he wanted to play with Paul Millsap, even before they teamed up in Atlanta. During Millsap's final season with the Utah Jazz, he provided a glimpse of what was to come while taking on Teague and the Hawks. Atlanta won the game, while Millsap put up 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and showed some skills that defied his standing as a power forward. ''He...
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Hawks trade Adreian Payne to Timberwolves

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade rookie power forward Adreian Payne to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected future first-round pick. “We are extremely excited to welcome Adreian to Minnesota,” said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. “Adreian fits the mold of a young, athletic and talented player who we believe will fit in well with our young...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Court Vision: Balanced Hawks tame T-Wolves with big second half

Here are three detailed, but kind-of-random observations from the Hawks' 117-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves -- a tidy road win which Atlanta essentially sealed in the third quarter: 1. The dynastic Celtics of the 1980s would have been proud of the Hawks' starting five on Monday Check out these numbers from Monday's comfortable win: **Atlanta's starting quintet -- featuring...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Hawks use balanced attack to win showdown with Warriors

  Atlanta's balance overcame Golden State's one-two backcourt punch as Jeff Teague scored 23 to lead seven players in double figures and the Hawks beat the Warriors 124-116 on Friday night in a showdown between the NBA's conference leaders. The anticipated matchup did not disappoint. It was tied 52-all at halftime and Atlanta led by four entering the final period. Back-to-back 3...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Hawks have been built to succeed

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Before last season’s NBA playoffs had even begun, rumors regarding potential changes to the landscape of the Eastern Conference brought on by the summer’s free agent-frenzy were often more popular than whatever basketball-related drama was unfolding at the time. LeBron James was going to hand-pick the foundation of a dynasty upon returning to...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss
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