Hawks Catch Attention After Impressive Game 1 Win

Sunday, April 20, 2014
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game One

The Atlanta Hawks have been brushed aside by the national media for much of the 2013-14 season.  Perhaps it’s because they don’t have a superstar, perhaps it’s because they lingered around .500 all season, or perhaps it’s because the media wrote them off after two-time All-Star Al Horford suffered a season-ending injury.

That changed (somewhat) after a dominant Game 1 win over the Indiana Pacers that saw Atlanta go up by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter.  While the bulk of the talk was about the Pacers’ late-season struggles carrying over into the playoffs, many sprinkled in some compliments for the Hawks, who are one of only two Eastern Conference teams to win at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse this season.

Here are some of our favorites:

- We’ll start at the local level, with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore.  He’s been fair to the team all season and provided his three keys to victory.  Click here to read them.

- We disagree with the second sentence of SB Nation’s article.  The Hawks, when healthy, are actually a good team.  But the rest of this article about how Atlanta’s shooting threats give Indiana problems is spot on.  Click here to read it.

- Sports Illustrated chose to focus on Indiana’s struggles but did offer a compliment near the bottom of this article.  Hey, that’s more than the Hawks have had all season, so we’ll take it.

- Yahoo sprinkled in some kind comments.  They too are inaccurate in saying the Hawks aren’t very good, but the analysis was good.  Click here to read it.

- The Associated Press was more kind than the others, giving Jeff Teague a lot of credit in their recap.

- ESPN’s Hawks Hoop writer Buddy Grizzard graded each of the Hawks players who played last night.  Read his grades by clicking here.

- Bleacher Report also graded each player, and they were much more kind to the Hawks than they were to the Pacers.  Read the grades here.

- Our friends at Peachtree Hoops, who are always kind to Atlanta, gave the team much-deserved kudos.  Here’s just one example: A nice post from Kris Willis.

- And of course, we close with a shameless plug to our own recap by Hawks.com writer Robby Kalland.

Photo by Andy Lyons/NBAE/Getty Images

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