Just in time, the Hawks’ offense rouses from its slumber

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Jeff Teague for two of his 26. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

WASHINGTON

These short takes are offered as a companion to the Hawks-Wizards Game 4 column, which can be found here. The Hawks won 106-101.

1. When the ball moves, the Hawks really are a different team. Or, more precisely, they’re the team that won 60 regular-season games. Of the Game 3 loss, Kyle Korver had said Monday morning: “The offense was stagnant; the ball wasn’t hopping.” In their Game 4 victory, they managed 30 assists on 41 baskets. Said Paul Millsap: “That’s how we play. That’s how we’ve been playing all year. We stay aggressive; we get to the basket; we kick out and knock down 3-point shots. That’s how we played the game tonight.” For the record, the Hawks tried only 19 treys; they’d averaged 31 attempts over the first nine postseason games.

2. Dennis Schroder, the 21-year-old sub, was allowed to run the offense for the East’s No. 1 seed at key moments in a key game. Schroder had his wobbles — he missed two free throws and over-dribbled on the Hawks’ penultimate possession, leading to a no-chance shot at the 24-second buzzer — but the pluses overrode the negatives. He finished with 14 points and eight assists and allowed Jeff Teague (26 points, eight assists) to take a turn at off-guard. “We could put the ball in either of their hands and get them in attack mode,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Playing those two together had some good moments.”

3. Credit the Wizards, though. Even without John Wall, they haven’t conceded anything. They won Game 3 and nearly stole Game 4. Bradley Beal, normally an off-guard, has been forced to become Wall-like, and his effort Monday — 34 points and seven assists — was rousing. Will Bynum, the Georgia Tech product who’d played only 41 minutes as a Wizard before Game 3, had 10 points Monday. And at the end, Washington had exactly what it wanted — a Paul Pierce 3-pointer to tie. Only this time he missed. “That’s the way it goes,” he said. “Sometimes you make and sometimes you miss.”

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braves for life
braves for life

Just the reminder, HAWKS 1 WIN 2 WIN 3 WIN 4 WIN were in NBA Championship 4 more to go..No Matter what happens win or lose you are the HEROES for Atlanta fans.GOOD LUCK go beat the king James:

Zapp
Zapp

I'm glad the Hawks won, but I have trouble watching the games.  Nobody wanted the Hawks to win top seed in the eastern conference.  Most of the coverage has been pro-whoever the Hawks play.  The referees find a need to find anything wrong with the Hawk play, but ignore constant fouling by the other team.  It was ordained that King James would play in the finals, so I fully expect he will, no matter how well the Hawks play.

Sautee
Sautee

Where, oh where is Olivia to tell us that Millsap is out for the season?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Sautee

She's busy soiling the nonsports blogs with her racist, hypocritical, condescending, lying rhetoric. Too fat a coward to show her disgusting persona on a Hawks blog.

leonljustice
leonljustice

I will say this about our Hawks fans. You guys are very consistent when comes to complaining. Even when the Hawks win, it's not good enough.  I guess it's hard for some of us to be happy with a victory. These guys play hard every night. It might not always be great and look pretty, but the effort is always there. For that reason alone I am with them until the end.

John Reid
John Reid

The difference was that the Hawks made shots early which allowed them to stay in the game, even as the Wizards were shooting 80% from 3-pt range. They didn't have to play catch up and it enabled them to set their defense the way they needed to. Credit both teams for putting on an exciting game, and I expect the rest of the series will be this evenly matched.

Samurai-Squirrel
Samurai-Squirrel

3 take-aways:


1. Jeff Teague couldn't guard a chair. Thankfully, he is making up for that with his offense.

2. Please stop playing Pero Antic. I'd rather see Muscala or Brand in there.

3. What is up with Kyle Korver not being able to catch the ball? He fumbled it repeatedly last night!

km42
km42

We were horrible with defense out of timeouts.  How many times can a guy drive to the basket for a quick 2?

We simply have to have a big lead in the fourth to have a shot at advancing to the ECF.

cspecial
cspecial

i can"t wait until tommorow.phillips arena will be rocking and the hawks will put a dagger in the wizards.the wizards luck has ran out.

Peachs
Peachs

Hawks need to stop listening to the media they start believing what they are reading and go soft on Washington and don't take care of business. I don't know how they could be any better playing Wall, Bile is the best player on the court either team has. That Polish center doesn't get enough credit either, he is so damn disruptive.  Any NBA guard could look good the way he sets screens and offensive rebounds. This is a very physical Washington team great defense and the Hawks on a good day are damn lucky they are playing well enough to beat them. 

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Teague is like a one man fast break nobody in the NBA can guard him one on one.


Teague attack all the time like that it carry over to the entire team.


Horford finally was looking for his shot at top of the key that his spot, he must continue to do the same from here on in playoffs.


Milsap had his best game of the playoffs he was beast.

Moose bring so much energy to Hawks that it change the entire out look from here on in the playoffs.


Coach Bud finally made some adjustment and played his bench, by doing so it kept the energy going.


Defense is still the Key for Hawks!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Great Game for Hawks


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

WaltBBall
WaltBBall

Pierce will hit winning shots that have hurt the HAWKS but not shots to tie a game.  I said earlier a 4 point lead in the last 10 secs an Pierce will miss, I guess it can be said for a 3 point shot to tie the game also.  We get to see two more games and up to this point regular season included the HAWKS have been fun to watch play BBall.  I have no cluie where the HAWKS go from here but win or lose I thank them every game for a wonderful season and giving it all and leaving it all on the floor.

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

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@WaltBBall So....that bank shot by Pierce went in only because it beat the Hawks.  If it was to tie the game, it would've rattled out??  I'm not seeing the logic.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Now the Hawks know you have to be consistently aggressive to win this series. Being said that, I want to see the Hawks come out blazing tomorrow---- you got to find a way to keep the momentum going.

swimfin2
swimfin2

Lucky KK didn't get called for traveling. Cause you know they would have hit a second chance at a 3. 

Raft
Raft

@swimfin2 That 3 Paul Pierce got was because Nene leveled Carroll with an elbow under his chin. Should have been an offensive foul on Nene. 

swimfin2
swimfin2

I wonder if Popovich is giving Bud any advice. 

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

He needs to keep playing the bench, including Mike Scott.  Keep our starters honest with their intensity and efforts.  It would be typical that the sluggish, timid Hawks would appear the next game.  I hope I am wrong.

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

@1337S0lja @PeachtreeBart I've been wondering if Scott was injured.  I haven't heard anything, but noticed he hasn't played much, if any..  Now that Carroll is likely out for a while, someone will have to step in!

donnieboy
donnieboy

I'll take the win, sure. However, I want to see championship caliber basketball from the Hawks. Too many late game fumbles and missteps on offense and lapses on defense (wizards' post-time out layup baskets and wide open PP). They lose offensive rhythm and become stagnant when they  try to milk the clock with that pick and roll/guard drives to the basket routine. Opposing defense simply collapses and often leaves us in no man's land and Hawks end up flat footed on both offense and defense.  KEEP MOVING THE BALL!

Okeetee
Okeetee

How in the world the Hawks could let Pierce get THAT WIDE OPEN after calling a time out to set up the defense is baffling!  But the 30 assists and only 13 turnovers was a good sign we can still play Hawk ball when need be....which is from here on out!  I'm not impressed with any of these Eastern Conference playoff teams, which is to say, we can beat any of them in a 7 game series and we could lose to any of them in a 7 game series!  They all have weaknesses and injuries to contend with!  We've got as good a chance as any of them to reach the Finals!    

sbatl
sbatl

@Okeetee NeNe was doing his best impressing of a left tackle executing a passing block. It was ridiculous that it wasn't called. 

Raft
Raft

@sbatl @Okeetee Ridiculous indeed. Washington has been very physical with their bigs and Hawks have not gotten many calls go their way, other than no traveling call on Korver at the end of the game. 

Pocaroba
Pocaroba

@Okeetee A forearm in the neck of the defender on the pick and roll is how he got that open. Oh well, they missed KK's travel so it balances out in the end. 

drewcat
drewcat

Whew...looks like we dodged that bullet! Coach Bud seems to be catching on to the notion that Muscala deserves some additional PT. Now if only Mike Scott can Crack the rotation, and Pero be permanently assigned as the 12th man