Hawks Weekly Flight: Week 10

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Dennis Schroder (ESPN.com).

The Hawks came a couple of baskets away from having a 3-1 week. 

The Hawks had what may have been their best week of the season. Outside of a terrible 4th quarter against the Pacers on Wednesday, the Hawks came up clutch late.

The Heat came into Atlanta Monday severely undermanned. The Hawks were able to take advantage and squeak by with a 110-106 victory.

With Dennis Schroder held out of Friday’s matchup with the OKC Thunder, nobody would have been too upset if we went out and lost by 25-30+. As we’ve seen all year, there is no quit in this team. Even without our leading scorer (by a large margin too by the way) Atlanta raced out to a lead in the 1st quarter. OKC battled back to lead by as many as 16 in the 3rd quarter but the Hawks would not go away. Despite OKC’s star power (and some help from the refs) the Hawks took a four point lead early in the 4th quarter. It was back and forth from there. With the game tied in the waning seconds, Russell Westbrook sunk the game winning three to save OKC from a huge upset.

Atlanta prevailed in “The Battle of the Cellar-Dwellers” Saturday Evening vs the Mavs behind Dennis Schroder’s magical 2nd half.

After a 2-2 week, the Hawks are sitting at 8-25 good for last place in the NBA. The team will enjoy a nice little Christmas break before facing the Washington Wizards in a playoff rematch on Wednesday.

 

12/18 vs Miami W 110-106

Shorthanded Heat fall short in Atlanta. Kent Bazemore provided several huge plays on both ends of the floor after Miami stormed back to within one point with a minute to go after the Hawks led by 14 early in the 4th. Taurean Prince had what was probably the best game of his career with 24 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 3 Blocks on 7-12 Shooting and 4-7 from Three Point land. Dennis Schroder chipped in 23-6-6 while John Collins had 9 and 6 in just 18 minutes of action. Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters, 26 and 23 Points respectively paced the Heat. Attendance: 14,227.

12/20 vs Indiana L 105-95

Balanced attack and strong 4th quarter guide Pacers to victory. After hanging closely for the majority of the first three quarters, the Pacers raced out in the 4th and erased any hopes of the Hawks getting their first win streak of the season. John Collins was the lone bright spot, leading the team with 18 Points and 9 Rebounds. Dennis Schroder struggled, scoring just 8 Points on 4-15 Shooting but managed to dish out 8 Assists. Surprise outbreak player of the year, Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 23 Points while Myles Turner and Bojan Bogdanovic provided 20 and 19. Attendance: 14,830. 

12/22 @ OKC L 120-117

No Dennis, No Problem. Well, almost. OKC needed late game heroics and a little help from the refs to avoid what would have been their worst loss of the season (that’s saying a lot too, they’ve had some ugly ones). The Hawks played an impressive 1st, 3rd and 4th quarters in the 3 Point loss. There were impressive performances across the board. Marco Belinelli led the way 27 Points, 5 Assists and 5 made threes. Ersan had 22, Malcolm Delaney had 20 while John Collins had 16 Points and 9 Rebounds. As a team, Atlanta hit 15 of their 32 Threes and kept the ball moving at an elite level. Russell Westbrook scored 30 Points as well as dishing out 15 Assists and sunk the game winner. He was lucky to even be in the game in the 4th quarter after delivering a nasty elbow to the head of Kent Bazemore that went uncalled early in the game. He received a Technical Foul in the 2nd quarter for delivering another elbow to Malcolm Delaney after he was fouled. OKC won the game 120-117.

12/23 vs Dallas W 112-107

Dennis shows off in front of a star-studded crowd. In what was most likely the finest game of his career, Dennis Schroder led the Hawks to victory Saturday Evening. After missing Friday Night’s game, Dennis showed no symptoms of a Sprained Ankle. He scored 27 2nd half points with a combination of dazzling moves to the basket, mid range jumpers and pull up threes. John Collins baptized another victim in the 2nd quarter and also showed great hands and overall control while scoring 13 Points in just 20 Minutes of playing time. Ersan Ilyasova continued his strong play of late adding 21 Points on 7-9 Shooting. Dennis Schroder ended up tying a Career High with 33 Points on 13-22 Shooting, 4-8 from Three, 3 Rebounds, 7 Assists, a Steal and only 2 Turnovers. He also gave his jersey to Migos member Quavo who was in attendance. Also in attenadace were Takeoff and Offset, along with Lil Yatchy, Gucci Mane and Hawks’ Owner Tony Ressler. Harrison Barnes led the Mavs with 21 Points but missed a pair of huge Free Throws down the stretch to win the crowd a free Chick-Fil-A Sandwich. Attendance: 13,402

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Taurean Prince (USA Today)

What’s Up Next

12/27 Vs Washington

Too much Wall. Too much Beal. 121-106 Wizards. Attendance Prediction: 14,106

12/29 @ Toronto

The Raptors had their way with us last month. This time will be no different. 117-99 Raptors.

12/30 Vs Portland 

The Hawks hold off Portland despite Damian Lillard’s 40+ Point game. Dennis Schroder counters with 30+. 111-103 Hawks. Attendance Prediction: 13,472

News and Notes 

  • Unlike last year when the Hawks were on the road for the Holidays, the Hawks have two full days off. Players such as Malcolm Delaney took advantage of this and went home to their families
  • The Hawks are 30th in Attendance at 14,015 out of  15,700. The next closest team is at 15,173
  • Despite the lack of wins, the stars continue to come to the games and support the team
  • Dewayne Dedmon is still a few weeks away from return
  • Appears Malcolm Delaney has played his way back in to the rotation while Luke Babbitt has fallen out
  • Dennis’ 33 Points Saturday matched his career high
  • Taurean Prince, Marco Belinelli and Kent Bazemore are the only Hawks to appear in every game so far
  • Hawks announced that they will wear throwbacks 4 times this season but have not announced when they will wear the new alternate black jerseys

Record Last Week: 2-2

Total Season Record: 8-25. 15th East. 30th NBA.

Predicted Record This Week: 1-2

Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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