Coming off an All-Star high, the Hawks lay a royal egg

Coach Bud is not impressed with what he sees. (AP photo/John Amis)

Coach Bud is not impressed with what he sees. (AP photo/John Amis)

Coach Bud is not impressed with what he sees. (AP photo/John Amis)

Coach Bud is not impressed with what he sees. (AP photo/John Amis)

Say this for the Atlanta Hawks: They don’t stink often, but when they do, they reek to high heaven. They lost Friday to Toronto by 25 points — the final was 105-80 — after trailing by 35, and full credit to the Raptors. They were primed. They became the first team to beat the Hawks three times. (Toronto was also the first to do it twice.)

And now you ask: Should Hawks fans be concerned? And the answer is: Nah.

This was almost a set-up game. The Hawks had spent the All-Star break living the All-Star life, to which few of them were accustomed. They had eight days to lose the rhythm that had carried them to 19 consecutive victories and 35 of 37, and they didn’t just lose it: They buried it at the bottom of the deepest ocean.

Speaking of oceans: As the saying goes, the Hawks couldn’t throw the ball in one. They missed 59 of 88 shots, 30 of 38 3-pointers. (It was their worst shooting night of the season.) Kyle Korver, on pace to have one of the greatest shooting seasons ever, had one of the worst games — and not only at shooting; he also had two egregious turnovers — in the history of the sport. When last did you see an All-Star actually throw up his hands in self-disgust?

They also missed seven of 21 free throws, including a Paul Millsap air ball. Holy moley.

The third quarter was comic. The Hawks missed 16 of 19 shots, including all eight of their treys, and made nine turnovers, off which the Raptors scored half of their 28 points. Five Hawks shots were blocked. Five Toronto shots were, too. In one screwball stretch, the visitors had three layups blocked — and still they stretched a four-point halftime lead to 19.

“They gave it to us good tonight,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said, and here we note that his team had done something similar in Toronto last month, winning 110-89 on Jan. 16. That loss sat poorly with the Raptors.

“They were really ready to play,” Al Horford said. And his team? “Some of it has to be rust,” he said. “We threw the ball all over the place.”

Budenholzer: “I don’t think we played with the energy and activity we’ve gotten accustomed to night after night.”

When last the Hawks looked this awful, it was on the night after Christmas. They lost 107-77 here to Milwaukee after a two-day break. Then they won the next 19, going undefeated in January. That streak began, as fate would have it, in Milwaukee. And where do the Hawks play Sunday?

In Milwaukee. Just sayin’.

 

 

 

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AdmiralObvious53
AdmiralObvious53

IF this team gets past the second round of the playoffs THEN I'll be impressed.

Zapp
Zapp

They lost 3 of 6 before the allstar game, what did you expect.  The players are full of themselves now, unable or unwilling to work hard as a team.  I feel sorry for the coach who showed them how to be a great team, but they no longer listen to what he says.  I've noticed he's playing Teague less now, probably because he stopped distributing the ball.  It hurts to see them so good, only to be so bad now.  If this continues, I see Teague and Milsap being traded at the end of the season.  They have a good back up point, now if they can find a solid backup center and a power forward who can score.  With a good coach, the may be able to entice a younger forward to sign with them.  Otherwise they will have to find support through the draft.  It's always possible the team will return to playing a suffocating defense, and leave the three point shooting to the two players on the team who can actually shoot them.

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Milsap have look very bad lately, at the game last night I notice him touching his finger a lot, is it broke or something, he just don't look like the same player, plus I notice when he drive to hole he shoot of balance a lot lately, I believe his finger broke.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tidog
tidog

@ Wilbo:Thanks for the Little Fella assertion Wilbo. This ain't my first rodeo ride with Atlanta sports. Been around long enough to see Ralph Garr in the Braves outfield and the" Soul Patrol"  leading our Falcons to a league high interceptions. Again I digress though. The Braves were World Champs and multiple times Division Champs. The number of Series Championships may be viewed as disappointing but you can't deny Cox and the Braves won like dynasty teams win.


Arthur Blank is the first and only Falcon owner that has tried to bring a winning culture to the Falcons. The Smith family were in completely over their heads. Total boobs as NFL owners. Blanks' regime is light years ahead in ownership decisions and wins compared to the Smith Family.


Now the Hawks have a bright GM and coach and a plan to build a winning NBA team in Atlanta. And guess what ? It's working. Bring in ownership with the same vision as Ferry and Bud and titles will follow also. It's time to be excited, proud supportive and enjoy this ride with the Hawks. National media has to mention the Hawks when they talk about the best teams this year.






hawksman
hawksman

@tidog I agree. The faster we get rid of that scum Gearon and  the rest of the ownership group the better!

Wilbo
Wilbo

@tidog Arthur Blank is a self absorbed preening fool desperate for attention. You can be better than your predecessor and still not be worth a 1/2 bag of freshly soiled cat litter. Especially in Atlanta professional sports.


Yeah, we'll see come late April whether or not the "national media has to mention the Hawks when they talk about the best teams this year." 


Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Seems like any long term Atlanta sports fan would have figured that out by now. Slow learner? You fall for the senseless crap Mark Sadsack Bradley and Lefty Demento Schooltz feed you every year?


I pity you.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@tidog: ". . . leading our Falcons to a league high interceptions."

_________________

And that has translated to how many championships, exactly?

[Crickets]

mic404
mic404

Wilbo, the Hawks are in 1st place and have beaten all but 2 teams out of 30 at least once, I don't call that a long way from being contenders. Dude you just plain ol STUPID!!! If you don't like the Hawks go cheer for some other team, that's simple.

Wilbo
Wilbo

@mic404 In first place just past the midpoint of the season, buddy boy. We've seen that before in the ATL, and it doesn't mean anything.


We'll see who is stupid come late April, and you're gonna find him in the mirror.

Wilbo
Wilbo

@tidog You can attempt to deny history and tradition all you want, Little Fella, but that probably means you haven't been around sports all that much or maybe that you are just an "immature" observer. Tradition can and does live on in teams, and one of the ways that very often shows up is in mindset. Look at the Braves during the long, long run of the Cox years. There is a LONG list of stupid booboos, flubs, chokes, mistakes that the Bravos used to blow their many chances at dynasty. From very different players, of very different ages, who came to the Braves from different times, different backgrounds, different organizations, of very different talent and experience levels but they all every one in their turn caught Cox Fever and choked like sick dogs when the big prize was on the line.


There is a stench of fear and failure than can permeate entire organizations, and it definitely lives and reeks and reveals itself in Atlanta sports, especially the Braves, but falcons and hawks as well. If you don't recognize that, then you don't know squat about ATL pro sports. It is not possible for that long a succession of players, coaches, managers, owners to make such incredibly gutless, stupid booboos if there weren't an overarching attitude of failure guiding it.


That doesn't mean it can't be overcome, but that would take a housecleaning and the arrival of a very strong leadership that Atlanta is not close to seeing at this point.


Until somebody arrives to prove differently, Atlanta is Pro Sports Loserville. Period. And wishful thinking from mushbrains like the dimwitted bloggers who are unfortunately employed by this excrementous paper and unknowledgeable fans like you aren't going to change that.


Sorry, dude, hate to have to say it, but you're a sucker.

mic404
mic404

All you haters stay off the bandwagon, Atlanta needs true die hard fans. Don't come running back in May or June we don't need ya!!! And we still got a 5 1/2 game cushion to straighten things out. Hawk for life!!!

Wilbo
Wilbo

@mic404 No, knucklehead, Atlanta does not need "true die hard fans." Atlanta needs fans and media people who are willing to tell the truth about the unforgivable weakness and failure that permeates Atlanta sports and to demand appropriate changes be made.


One of the biggest reasons Atlanta pro sports has such an incredibly legacy of inadequacy is our boob fans just keep supporting stupid ownership and poorly motivated gutless play is that there is no push of any kind for improvement.


Atlanta stadiums should be dam near empty and every media outlet outta be nonstop harsh criticism until somebody felt the burning need to make very serious changes. Maybe the Hawks have begun a small move in that direction, but that doesn't mean poop until strong leadership carries it through until they become proven championship contenders and at this point, they are still a very long way away from that.


Too many years of smug acceptance of failure is exactly what is wrong w Atlanta pro sports. Atlantans wanna see championship level play? Then dammit stop accepting this crap and raise continuous immortal hell until you see change.

tidog
tidog

@WPL What does the 47 year franchise history lesson have to do with the price of tea in China today. The same franchise has never won 19 consecutive games either. Sports is about now not history, ask Joe Madden does he think the Cubs will win the World Series. Your logic says the Cubs should shut it down now because of history.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@tidog @WPL

Ever heard of "loser mentality"?

It's REAL!

ATL's record of championships (ONE in 160-plus seasons of pro sports competition) tells us all we need to know.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Come playoff time, the look-good-early-in-the-season-when-the-3s-are-fallin Hawks will be blown away like a cat fart in a windstorm.


Too bad the idjit arse bloggers who write for this decrepit rag won't be likewise disposed of....

hardworkinman
hardworkinman

I think the Hawks should be worried. This is not the same team that won 19 in a row. The shooting was heading downward before the break. Teague and Schroeder have played poorly in the last few games and Milsap has all but disappeared (even air balled a free throw last night). They need to turn it around quickly.

encroachtinishia
encroachtinishia

What is it that all these negative monkey's have against the Hawks?  

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

@wpl Absolutely! Over the past 48 years, none of the ATL sports teams have given us any reason to believe they'll succeed in any given year.

WPL
WPL

@I AM I don't think anybody has anything against the hawks, the hawks history speaks for itself.

Wilbo
Wilbo

@I AM They suck when it counts. Any other questions?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@I AM

Forty-seven years without even once making it past Round 2 of the playoffs.

Get it now?

NorthFlaFalcon
NorthFlaFalcon

Adrean Payne sure looked good last night for the Twolves....

encroachtinishia
encroachtinishia

Looked bad in 3 of last 4......


Hoping they turn it around.

forexbomb
forexbomb

First round playoff exit...  But hey, they looked good during the season..

tidog
tidog

@WPL Come on man not that tired argument. There are 30 teams in the NBA now and only 1 will win the championship. Atlanta franchise hasn't won yet but they are not alone with that distinction. For example some teams haven't won a championship since 1977 (Portland). Many others are just like Atlanta, playing to get the first one. This squad has the best chance of making it happen since Nique and Doc were balling.

WPL
WPL

@tidog @WPL Atlanta hawks, after 47 yrs in ATL, have never made it out of the 2nd rd of playoffs, what other 47 yr team has done that in the nba!

Wilbo
Wilbo

@tidog "Were balling"? 


Dude, did yer mommie or maybe a nearly dead uncle tell you that goofy old time jive was hip?


Join the modern world, sucka! If you were looking to impress somebody with that crap...... FAIL!!!

tidog
tidog

@WPL      You have to go the 43-12 store on the corner

tidog
tidog

@WPL Fans may as well get used to this winning thing and being on top. The future is now and it looks real good. Yes they are this good and the body of work verifies it. This isn't your JJ, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams eighth or seventh seed version of the Hawks. Hawks2.0 not about hope, but about ball movement, defense, unselfishness, intelligent and high percentage shooting basketball. This ship is steaming on the high seas it 's not sinking and all playoff foes better be ready.

WPL
WPL

@tidog @WPL Man, give me some of that stuff that you are on!

WPL
WPL

All week with this nonsense, somebody went and got Andy Young to speak on Danny Ferry's behave, bring him back so he can be apart of this great hawks team, and most people that's not from here are still trying to figure out what great hawks team, they have not won anything, ever in Atlanta.


Then they lose by 25 at home and 3 of they're last 4 gms, getting dominated. I have to give them credit, they know how to embarrass themselves, when it comes to sports around here.

tidog
tidog

There will be plenty of room on the bandwagon when the playoffs begins but I digress. First  in the division and first in the eastern conference. All the east is chasing the Hawks, good luck with that.

WPL
WPL

@tidog KEEP HOPE ALIVE, BECAUSE THE HAWKS ARE GOING NOWHERE!

hawksman
hawksman

@WPL @tidog Does anybody else notice that wpl has nothing positive to say, ever?  Imagine being a person in his life.  All you would probably ever hear is "you look terrible", "I can't believe I allow you in my presence you idiot", "why do I waste my time talking to you", "you're stupidity exhausts me".  I'm willing to bet that the only sex life wpl has is his right hand.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@hawksman @WPL @tidog

Don't believe I'd post in a public forum that I think about another guy's method of sexual gratification.

Armydawg
Armydawg

How many times have native Atlantans seen this happen?  A team gets our hopes sky high, plays like the greatest thing since sliced bread and then falls flat on their faces in crunch time so that one World Series title is still the only major sports title this town has ever seen.  I got into watching the Hawks when I drank the current kool aid too but no more.  See ya Hawks.

VeryDisgusted
VeryDisgusted

The Hawks deserved to be Booed off the court


This team is in a major slump and might not even play .500 ball the rest of the season


The winning was nice while it lasted but hey, this is ATL and around here we never win anything special so I expect a second round playoff exit


The Celtic game was bad enough but now this is falling off the cliff


The sky is turning into blood and there are locusts crawling all over the ATL sports universe - lose lose lose that is all we do

tidog
tidog

You name a sport you name a team you'll find weaknesses. The Hawks have their weaknesses and have played above and beyond them for the first half of the season. This squad has made NBA players, execs, writers and pundits take notice of how well they play the game. Think about it Hawk fans, nineteen in a row is balling and along the way some very good teams saw it for themselves. Last night 19 turnovers, 16 assists, putrid shooting against Toronto. Res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself). Go Hawks

HotDawg
HotDawg

GA loses two basketball games in a row, after much goodwill in the season up till then. 

And all hell breaks loose in the media and blogs...."The seasons over". "Bad coach". "No players". "Won't make the NCAA tournament" (for good measure, throw in some criticism of the venue as a reason for losses!), etc., etc. Two weeks earlier....great coach, great players, lock for a good seed in NCAA tournament.

Hawks lose 3 of 4 in a waaay too long NBA season, and the people are ready for that dam to break.

People need to quit going ape sheet after every game. Their opinions change highs and lows like roller coasters.

Just wait and see how the season plays out. At least the regular season, before going nuts.

WPL
WPL

@HotDawg People do not have to wait and see how the season plays out, they already know, many have watched this sad story for over 40 yrs. Losers!

HotDawg
HotDawg

@Armydawg @HotDawg

Way too familiar.

No reason to be a fair weathered fan. Can't be high on a team and then drop them because a couple losses in a long regular season.

Unrealistic to expect teams to win every game In any sport. If you do, you're going to be dissapointed most every year of your life.

Crazy to go nuts when they do lose a game. 

Each current sports team has nothing to do with a team from 5, 10, 20, 30 years ago, etc. They're each their own unique team. 

Noone knows how this team will finish. It is very difficult to win a championship in any sport. So odds are usually against it.

Just let the season play itself out before crucifying a team for a couple losses.

Again, funny how same critics were saying how great they were only two weeks ago.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@HotDawg @Armydawg

Well, they were great only 2 weeks ago. That's clearly no longer the case. So you want "same critics" to keep calling them great?

HotDawg
HotDawg

@DawgNole @HotDawg @Armydawg

Its the same team as two weeks ago.

They're easily capable of winning many games still. 

A one week stretch in a long season, minus the All Star week, does not make them a bad team. They are still a great team.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@HotDawg @DawgNole @Armydawg

Did I say they were "a bad team"?!

Nope.

They're "capable"???

They've been "capable" more than a few times these past 47 years. Has that translated to POSTSEASON success?

Nope.

"Great" teams win in the POSTSEASON, when the games REALLY matter.

Duh.