Archive for February, 2011

Defense Takes Precedence

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

“He’s playing at a high level.” It’s not the comment you typically hear from a coach following a 2-of-9 shooting performance from his starting guard. Coach Drew went on to elaborate about his thoughts on Jeff Teague’s play: “I’ve always told him that’s what we need from him. I’m not concerned when he makes... »

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An Unsettling Pattern

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

“I just thought we settled,” commented Hawks’ coach Larry Drew, “which is starting to be a pattern with us.” On a night that ideally the Hawks would have liked to set the tone for the second half of the season, they were unable to put together any sort of run against the two-time defending... »

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Triumphant Return for Drew

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

He made it. The road to becoming a head coach in the NBA can be a long one. Many give up along the way and accept alternative professions. Larry Drew’s 17-year journey to becoming the Hawks’ Head Coach began when he took a position with the Lakers as an advanced scout in 1992. “This... »

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Thoughts on All-Star Saturday Night

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Another NBA All-Star Saturday Night is in the books and there was plenty of action. Rather than beat around the bush I am going to start off with my thoughts on the main event: the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. There was even more hype than usual leading up to this year’s event thanks to... »

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Dunking Through Hawks History

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The Hawks have always maintained a strong link to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. During the golden age of the competition in the late-80′s Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb were two of the main attractions. The duo combined to compete eight times and took home three trophies from 1984-1990. ‘Nique won in 1985, was... »

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Update: Al's Reaction to Amar'e

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Al Horford handled the comments from the Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire like he handles most things – with professionalism … and strategy. First, Horford knows that he doesn’t have to defend his game. He is an All-Star for the second straight season and his scoring average is the highest of his career. “He’s making a... »

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Showdown in the Big Apple

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It has been less than three weeks since Marvin and Shawne Williams exchanged blows in the final minute of the Hawks 111-102 win over the Knicks, and from the sound of it there are still some lingering emotions from that intense game. Marvin and Shawne are staying quiet, but Knicks’ forward, Amar’e Stoudemire, is... »

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Horford's Back

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Al Horford will return to action tonight for the Hawks after missing a week (two games) of action with a back contusion. Horford injured his back in the final seconds of Atlanta’s game against the Clippers when he drew a flagrant foul from L.A.’s Blake Griffin. Al stepped to the line and hit the... »

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Al Practices… So Does "His Airness"

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Both Al Horford and Michael Jordan participated (in a limited capacity) in practice in the past 36 hours, but don’t assume that means either one of them will be in uniform on Saturday night at the Highlight Factory. (Buy Tickets) Jordan, the Chairman (and majority owner) of the Charlotte Bobcats, ran full court and... »

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Seeing Red (For Two Reasons)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I have been wanting to use this title for a while now, and it just so happens there are two themes worth noting today that can appropriately incorporate “Seeing Red”. First, the Hawks improved to 5-0 in the red uniforms this past Saturday, defeating the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital. Many remember the... »

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