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Hawks February Game Thread

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11 hours ago, Beef said:

If we play ~.500 ball the last 29 games and go 15-14, we end up 33-49 and somewhere between the 8th-10th worst team.

Memphis, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas, and Miami are all below .500 in their last 10 games and playing poorly, and all easily within range to slide past us.

Just sayin.

I mean it COULD happen, but I doubt we go .500 honestly. It's not out of the question, but I like our odds to stay in the top 5. Wouldn't mind winning more though

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11 hours ago, jayu70 said:

I don't want us to tank, but I'm ok when we lose.

Draft position matters when you are rebuilding. I'd rather have the high pick and select who we want or trade down and get more assets. There's nothing worse than just missing out on the guy by a couple of spots (see Devin Booker and Giannis Ante.)

Think of this:

If we had pick 5 last year instead of 3, we may have still picked Trae but we wouldn't be looking forward to the Mavs pick this year.

Or, maybe Orlando would have tried to work a trade with Memphis to jump to pick 4 and take Trae ahead of us at 5.

Or imagine, we ended with pick 6, who would be running the PnR with Collins. So much can get screwy when options are taken away and your choice is limited.

No don't misunderstand I want as high a pick as possible and the flexibility that comes with it.

I was just saying that based on the short time he's been here Schlenk has shown the ability to recognize talent no matter where we draft.

Not only that he's hired a coach and assembled a roster that is young, exciting and mesh together very well.

 

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Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks: Game preview, live stream, TV channel, start time

Could this be the last time Vince Carter plays against the Toronto Raptors?

By Scott Rafferty

  

Who's Playing

Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks

Records: Raptors (39-16); Hawks (18-35)

Where to Watch

Date: Thursday, Feb. 7

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: TSN 1/4

Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA

Game Preview

The Hawks might have one of the worst records in the NBA this season, but they've been competitive lately. Since their loss to the Raptors on Jan. 8, Atlanta has the 10th-best offensive rating in the league, trailing Milwaukee and Toronto in the standings by less than one point per 100 possessions.

They're 6-7 over that stretch, with victories over the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, LA Clippers and Washington Wizards.

Atlanta's one-two punch of Trae Young and John Collins has been a huge reason for the team's recent success. Young is averaging 20.8 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds over the last month and Collins has been good for 21.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Kevin Huerter has also given the Hawks a scoring and playmaking punch, with 13.7 points and 4.1 assists per game.

Huerter didn't play in the last meeting between the two teams, but both Young and Collins showed out, combining for 40 points, 19 rebounds and six assists. 

For the Raptors to leave Atlanta with their third straight win following victories over the Clippers and 76ers, they'll have to contain those three players on Thursday.

Notes

Kawhi Leonard will miss Thursday's game with a sore knee

Kyle Lowry is coming off of a 20-point performance against the 76ers on Monday. It was only his second 20-point game over the last month.

If this is Vince Carter's final season, this will be the last matchup of his NBA career with the Raptors.

Trae Young finished second in our most recent Rookie Ladder for games played since Jan. 23. The only rookie ahead of him? Luka Doncic.

The Raptors will close this three-game road trip on Saturday against the New York Knicks. Their next six games will be at home.

Last Time They Played

Date: Jan. 8, 2019

Score: Raptors 104, Hawks 101

Raptors: Kawhi Leonard — 31 points, 6 assists, 6 steals, 4 rebounds

Hawks: John Collins — 21 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

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14 minutes ago, blkbigdog35 said:

Man these 3rd qtrs are brutal.

They are. Late 2nd’s too. Basketball is a game of runs. Young teams like the Hawks are learning that right now. They’ve gotten a lot better from the start of the season. 

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1 minute ago, Drew4719 said:

How can an nba team shoot less than 50% on free throws?

Been that way for the last 30 years. I know man. It’s now an old question. 

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52 minutes ago, Black Francis said:

They are. Late 2nd’s too. Basketball is a game of runs. Young teams like the Hawks are learning that right now. They’ve gotten a lot better from the start of the season. 

No doubt and I’m sure it’s going to get better!

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