With the Hawks not in the playoffs for the first time in ten seasons, it can be somewhat odd or even downright depressing for Atlanta fans to watch other franchises competing in the playoffs with the Hawks forced to look on from the sidelines. However, we as Hawks fans can take solace in the fact that many former Hawks players are in the playoffs. Let’s take a look at how some of them have been playing so far in this year’s postseason.
Al Horford is arguably the best active player on the Celtics’ roster now, as Kyrie Irving is out for the playoffs with a knee injury. Horford has led the Celtics to a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against the seventh seed Milwaukee Bucks. In Game 1, Horford had a monster double-double, tallying 24 points and 12 rebounds in an overtime victory. In Game 2, Horford didn’t produce the same eye-popping stats as he did in game 1, with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. However, his impact was still felt beyond the box store as his presence opened up opportunities for players like Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.
Korver only played for four minutes and scored no points in Cleveland’s stunning Game 1 loss to the Pacers. However, expect Korver to have a much bigger role in tonight’s Game 2, as one of Cleveland’s major flaws in their Game 1 loss was their lack of three-point marksmanship (only eight threes made). If anyone can remedy that awful mark, it is Korver.
Teague, like Korver, has only played one game so far in this postseason: a tight Game 1 loss in Houston. In the defeat, Teague nearly tallied a triple double, scoring 15 points, dishing out 8 assists, and grabbing 9 rebounds. He also limited Chris Paul to just 14 points on the defensive end. If Teague can match this effort in Game 2, his Timberwolves should have a decent chance of evening up this series at one apiece.
Mike Scott has been one of the more surprising players of the postseason so far. After scoring 14 points off the bench in his Wizards’ Game 1 loss to Toronto, Scott scored 20 points in Game 2 (another loss). While the Wizards are down 0-2, Scott has been doing his part.
Belinelli was a fan favorite during his short time in Atlanta, and he is quickly gaining the same praise from Philadelphia fans. In a blowout Game 1 victory against Miami, Belinelli scored 25 points and was a major part of the Sixers’ dominant second half. Belinelli totaled 16 points in Philadelphia’s Game 2 loss, so look for him to bounce back strong in Game 3.
Ilyasova, like Belinelli, had a monster Game 1 against the Heat, scoring 17 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. He also recorded a double-double in Game 2, with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He’ll need to keep producing these kinds of numbers in order for Philadelphia to advance to the second round.
There you have it, Hawks fans. While we can’t cheer for our Hawks this postseason, we can at least cheer for our former Hawks!