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Atlanta Hawks Playoff Thread

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4 minutes ago, Drew4719 said:

I'd like us to stay in rhythm and play everyone tomorrow, but I guess we'll probably rest some starters. Even then if the bench keeps playing like this we could keep it close or even win.

Agreed lets hope Bud follows through.

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2 minutes ago, JerseyNo12 said:

30+ assists for the game again. Bud ball is back and just in time for the playoffs. Defense is on point too.

You noticed how the second unit has much better ball movement.

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5 minutes ago, blkbigdog35 said:

You noticed how the second unit has much better ball movement.

There was pretty good movement from the starting unit as well.. think it helps that he kept THJ and Prince in the starting lineup.. which moves Baze and Thabo in the second.. nice mixture 

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3 minutes ago, TheTrue7 said:

There was pretty good movement from the starting unit as well.. think it helps that he kept THJ and Prince in the starting lineup.. which moves Baze and Thabo in the second.. nice mixture 

Exactly! It's about time he's adjusting his lineups. Lets hope he keeps this trend going.

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Then bench started the season on fire then went real terribad.   Moose and Delaney in particular.  We have since sured up the bench by getting rid of Scott and Splitter for 2 guys in Calderon and Illyasova who are productive.  The bench seems to have settled in now. Moose was so bad for a stretch - he couldn't seem to do anything right.

With THJr and Prince in the starting lineup it thankfully moves Baze to the spot bet suited for him. Prince is still raw but he can do more on offense than Thabo.  Last night the starters really made the effort to pass the ball more.

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If this team keeps their current momentum going I agree they can probably finish them off in six. Would really like to get the first one in Washington to set the tone.

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Backups looked decent for 3 quarters... I really like bembry moving forward.. work on his shot a little and he could be something.. 

kelly.. if he's wiiiiddddeee open, he can shoot.. I mean sooo wide open no one even is looking at him.. 

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7 minutes ago, TheTrue7 said:

Backups looked decent for 3 quarters... I really like bembry moving forward.. work on his shot a little and he could be something.. 

kelly.. if he's wiiiiddddeee open, he can shoot.. I mean sooo wide open no one even is looking at him.. 

I think we win that game if THJ plays. I think we outplayed(out-fundamentaled them at least) them for much of the game, but the shooting difference was just too much to overcome in the end. The pacers also got away with some blatant fouls in this game.

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Bembry needs minutes to shine. I like what we have in our bench. Moving forward Dennis has to show some maturity and hope to God bazemore earns his freakin salary. I'm excited to see what this Hawks team does in the playoffs.

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1 minute ago, tl;dr said:

Let's go Hawks... Could see this one going either way with how bipolar the Hawks are lol

I feel like we could get swept in the first round or make the ECF. But the way we finished the regular season I feel pretty good about our chances this postseason.

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On 4/12/2017 at 4:40 PM, blkbigdog35 said:

If this team keeps their current momentum going I agree they can probably finish them off in six. Would really like to get the first one in Washington to set the tone.

its a must 

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22 hours ago, Drew4719 said:

I feel like we could get swept in the first round or make the ECF. But the way we finished the regular season I feel pretty good about our chances this postseason.

Lol this team is so inconsistent, but yeah they closed out the season well. I like our chances vs. Boston if we can make it out of the first round. 

If the ball is moving around vs. Washington, we can definitely win. Just hope we can steal game 1. 

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  • Game 1 - Sunday April 16 - Atlanta at Washington - 1:00 pm ET - TNT
  • Game 2 - Wednesday April 19 - Atlanta at Washington- 7:00 pm ET - NBA TV
  • Game 3 - Saturday April 22 - Washington at Atlanta - 5:30 pm ET - TNT
  • Game 4 - Monday April 24 - Washington at Atlanta - 8:00 pm ET - TNT
  • Game 5 (If Necessary) - Wednesday April 26 - Atlanta at Washington - TBD
  • Game 6 (If Necessary) - Friday April 28 - Washington at Atlanta - TBD
  • Game 7 (If Necessary) - Sunday April 30 - Atlanta at Washington - TBD

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Long Read fellas!!

 

 

2017 NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks Preview

 

by Brendan Galella2 hours ago

Hoops Habit  


 

In the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards will face the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. Here’s a breakdown and preview of the series.

The Washington Wizards are hoping to turn their first division title in 38 years into a deep playoff run, something the franchise hasn’t experienced since its march to the 1979 NBA Finals.

Standing in their way is a familiar foe, Southeast Division rival Atlanta Hawks.

The Wizards have won three consecutive contests against Atlanta, after falling to the Hawks by 16 in the season opener at Phillips Arena.

As the only team to qualify for the 2017 NBA Playoffs with a negative point differential, being outscored by 70 points by its opponents in the regular season, Atlanta is hoping its fourth-ranked defense will be enough to top Washington.

The Wizards are depending on their potent offense, which produced 109.2 points per game for the fifth-highest scoring average in the league,

Washington posted the highest total of crunch time performances, the team played 55 times where the score was within five points during the final five minutes. The Wizards claimed 32 victories in those contests, including two against the Hawks.

Both teams have managed to claim numerous victories in close contests, with Atlanta posting the seventh highest winning percentage in crunch time contests.

The post season routinely generates games that are decided in the waning minutes, meaning the Wizards and Hawks could have one of the most compelling opening round matchups.

Likely Starting Lineups

Point Guard

Washington kept the ball in the hands of Wall for 8.9 minutes per game, matching John Wall and for the highest time of possession.

There were plenty of incentives for him to retain possession, as he was one of the most productive offensive players in the league, joining Westbrook and Harden as the only three to average over 10 assists per game.

Along with his 10.7 assists, second only to Harden this season, Wall also poured in 23.1 points per game.

Inconsistency has plagued Schroder throughout the season. While he managed to pour in 17.9 points per game, Schroder also turned the ball over 258 times, the sixth-most in the league. The assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.93 is just the 54th highest total in the league.

Advantage: Washington Wizards

Shooting Guard

The Hawks’ search for offensive production led the team to alter their starting lineup, opening a spot for Hardaway Jr., as he scored 17.8 points per game since the All-Star break.

The lofty scoring totals continued for Hardaway Jr. when he is among the starting five for Atlanta. In 30 starts this season, Hardaway posted 17.5 points per game, but the Hawks were outscored by 1.5 points per game. When Hardaway came off the bench, Atlanta scored 6.6 additional points.

Washington prompted the alteration to the Hawks starting lineup behind the play of Beal.

In his fifth season, Beal played a career-high 77 games, resulting in 23.1 points, 223 made shots from three-point range and an overall shooting percentage of 48.2 percent, the second-highest among all shooting guards.

Advantage: Washington Wizards

Small Forward

Jr. (WAS) vs. Taurean Prince (ATL)

The rookie Prince has started each of the past 10 games for the Hawks, resulting in averages of 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Atlanta is hoping Prince can provide a defensive impact, being able to switch off and help guard the exceptional backcourt duo in Washington.

Porter has become a potent offensive force this season, as he shot 51.6 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from beyond the arc. The third overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft posted career-highs in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocks and three-point fields made.

Advantage: Washington Wizards

Power Forward

Millsap earned his fourth consecutive spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team by continuing to score from all over the court. The 6-foot-8 forward converted 47.2 percent of his attempts between 10-16 feet from the rim, pulling defenders away from the rim.

Morris is able to match the strength and athleticism of Millsap and was the main reason he scored just 16 points on 41.5 percent shooting from the field. If Morris is able to replicate the success against Millsap in the playoffs, Washington could advance quickly to the second round of the playoffs.

Advantage: Atlanta Hawks

Center

Both centers averaged double-doubles during the season, two of nine players at the position to accomplish the feat this season.

In the four meetings this season, Gortat pulled down 11 rebounds a game, while Howard pulled down 14.5 rebounds per game, one of nine opponents he averaged more than 14 rebounds a game against this season.

Howard went to the free throw line 30 times against Washington this season, his highest total against any opponent, but resulting in just 17 points.

Advantage: Atlanta Hawks

Bench/Sixth Man

Atlanta managed to secure the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference behind the clutch play of its reserves late in the season. During a game against the Cavaliers, the Hawks rested their entire starting lineup and still managed to secure a 14-point victory.

Two nights later, the bench totaled 44 points and carried the Hawks to an overtime victory, helping secure the first round matchup with Washington.

The bench for the Wizards produced an average of just 27 points per game this season, only the Timberwolves received a lower point total this season.

Advantage: Atlanta Hawks

Coaching

(WAS) vs. Mike Budenholzer (ATL)

Brooks has emerged as a potential Coach of the Year candidate, as he overcame a 3-9 start to the season to post 49 victories, the most wins since the team lost to Seattle in the 1979 NBA Finals.

The league appointed Budenholzer as the Coach of the Year two seasons ago, and his work this season has been just as impressive, as the Hawks overcame the loss of in free agency and during a midseason trade to once again clinch a berth in the playoffs.

Advantage: Push

Key Matchup

Marcin Gorat (WAS) vs. Dwight Howard (ATL)

Five years ago both Gortat was backing up Howard in Orlando, now the two could provide the tipping point in the opening round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards.

Howard is nearly automatic when he gets the ball near the rim. For the year, the eight-time All-Star has converted 73.3 percent of his attempts at the basket, a figure catapulted by his 199 dunks, the third most in the league.

Opponents shot 57.6 percent at the rim against Gortat this season, while Howard limited the opposition to 48.3 percent shooting.

If Gortat can limit the impact of Howard in the series, Washington will have a distinct advantage.

In 89 career post season appearances, Howard is averaging 19.1 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, figures lofty enough to swing a series.

Washington Will Win If…

The superstar backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall deliver their 23.1 point per game averages and carries the team throughout the series.

Atlanta Will Win If…

The Hawks defense finds a way to suffocate Washington’s high-caliber offense. Atlanta surrendered just 104 points per game, the 10th fewest in the NBA this season.

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Great news!!! :slick:

 

Youth movement: Hawks to stick with Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince in starting lineup vs. Wizards

 

ESPN.com news services

ESPN.com | 9:32 AM ET


 

The Hawks will keep Tim Hardaway Jr. and rookie Taurean Prince in their starting lineup, meaning veterans Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha will come off the bench for Atlanta's first-round playoff series against the Wizards.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer announced his plans for the starting lineup Friday, citing Atlanta's strong finish in the regular season as one of the reasons for his decision.

"Having [Hardaway and Prince] in the starting lineup has been good," Budenholzer told reporters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Having [Bazemore] off the bench has been good for us too. The bench has been good for us. It's a good mix of guys that we are going to stick with."

Hardaway, 25, averaged a career-high 14.5 points per game this season and was even more productive in the 30 games that he started, averaging 17.5 points in those contests.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge [of starting]," Hardaway told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I know it's going to be tough battle. We just have to go out there and compete."

Bazemore started 64 games this season but was demoted to the bench in late March after missing five straight games with a knee injury. The five-year veteran signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Hawks last offseason.

Prince, a 6-foot-8 rookie, started Atlanta's last 10 games of the season, while Sefolosha suffered a groin injury and provided a spark on both ends of the floor, averaging 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game over that stretch.

Budenholzer told reporters that Sefolosha is "completely healthy" but that he will stick with Prince in the starting lineup.

The Hawks (43-39) won four straight games from April 6-11 to secure the No. 5 seed and a first-round matchup with the division rival Wizards. The best-of-seven series starts Sunday in Washington.

"We have a deep bench, and I think we're going to try to use as much of it as we can," Budenholzer said. "We're in a little bit of a unique position, where, at least going into Game 1, the plan is to keep a deep rotation and play a lot of guys and continue to massage that. If we need to adjust in a game, we will."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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