Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Hawks’

Air Korver, cleared for launch

VIDEO: Korver dunks — again!

In case you’ve missed it, the Hawks have been nothing to play with as the Pacmen have racked up 16 straight wins and counting.

They’ve been getting the job done with everything from top-notch ball movement to lock-down defense to lights-out shooting.

And then Kyle Korver happened.

No, not from downtown like we’ve come to expect from the sharpshooting deep threat. Instead, Korver took to the air and stole the show with a rare jam.

But wait! There’s more!

Who knows if Korver popped in Jay-Z’s “Encore” before the Hawks’ Jan. 23 game against the Thunder. But as if his comfort level with the sky was on the rise, he served up a second helping of Korver Slam for good measure. And this time he threw it down with two hands, no less.

The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest may be more of a calling for Korver in a few weeks, but after these two jams, it would be something else if the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest invited Korver after his aerial display of, uh, “excellence”.


Kyle Korver dunked last night

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How well are things going for the Atlanta Hawks these days? Last night’s win over Indiana pushed them to an eye-popping 35-8 on the season. They have won 14 games in a row, and won 28 of their last 30 games. But maybe the most clear sign that the Hawks are rolling? Kyle Korver dunked a ball last night.

VIDEO: Korver Dunk

Now, it’s no surprise that Korver was able to dunk a ball last night — he’s 6-7 and in terrific shape, so being able to dunk probably is no problem. The big surprise here is that Korver chose to dunk the ball. The last time Korver dunked in an NBA game? November 16, 2012, over two years ago.

How big a deal was this? Well, first just listen to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins freak out when Korver dunks. Then take a look at the players on the Hawks bench. Think they loved it?

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Atlanta Hawks pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was the federal holiday paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we already checked out the NBA’s spot paying tribute to barrier breakers. But down in Atlanta, MLK Day has always had a special meaning, as Atlanta was Dr. King’s hometown and his base of operations; today he is buried just a few miles from Philips Arena and downtown Atlanta.

The Hawks play each year on MLK Day, and yesterday they used the pregame introductions to pay a special tribute to Dr. King using their 3D court projection system and a full gospel choir made up from people from a number of different churches to sing the player introductions. Really well done, Hawks…

VIDEO: Hawks intros

NBA mascots are running wild

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s agree on this: Someone needs to do something. Because NBA mascots seem like they’re starting to get a little full of themselves. They’re running wild, their behavior unchecked, and we don’t know where they will strike next. Well, actually, we have a pretty good idea where they may turn up next — messing with an NBA announcer. Here are two examples from the past week, where the San Antonio Coyote popped up behind Spurs radio broadcaster Bill Schoening, and then in Chicago, Benny the Bull does something similar to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins. So NBA broadcasters, watch your backs. The mascots are coming for us all!

VIDEO: Coyote surprise

Happy Birthday Dominique Wilkins

Wilkins dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And who better to begin with than the man known as the Human Highlight Film, legendary Atlanta Hawks forward (and NBA Hall of Famer) Dominique Wilkins?

Nique, a 10 9-time All-Star, played 15 NBA seasons and scored 26,668 points, which has him currently in 12th place all-time. Of course, Nique was also one of the great dunkers of his era, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1985 and 1990. Dominique is currently the Atlanta Hawks’ vice president of basketball, and works as a color commentator for Hawks games.

To celebrate Nique’s big day, let’s go the video…

Dominique wins the 1985 Dunk Contest

VIDEO: 85 Dunk

Dominique vs. Larry Bird in the 1988 Playoffs

VIDEO: Nique vs Bird

Dominique’s Top 10 Dunks

VIDEO: Nique Top 10

Andre Drummond dances like nobody’s watching

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had himself a moment last week. The Pistons were about to host the Hawks in a big game between two teams with winning streaks, and to help promote the game, Drummond was going to do a live hit on a local TV news show. And while he was waiting for the interview to begin, Drummond apparently forgot he was on camera and decided to just get out the jam…

(via B/R)

The Atlanta Hawks go showtime

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Sunday afternoon, the Atlanta Hawks hosted the Washington Wizards, in a game between the best teams in the NBA’s Southeast Division. Going in to the season, the Wizards were tabbed by many to win the division, but while their start has been slowed by an injury to Bradley Beal, the Hawks have surprisingly turned into one of the best teams in the NBA. I know, it’s shocking, but it’s real and the Hawks just keep on rolling — heading into yesterday they had won 21 of their last 23 games and lead the Eastern Conference with a 28-8 record.

So yesterday’s match between the Hawks and Wizards had some ramifications. But the Hawks took control from the start, weathered a run from the Wiz, and won it going away, 120-89. And it wasn’t just that the Hawks won, it was how they did it — the Hawks had a bunch of pretty cool highlight reel plays.

Let’s start with Kyle Korver, who is having an historic season shooting the ball. He leads the league in three-point percentage, shooting over 52-percent from beyond the arc. So when Korver has the ball, defenses pay attention. Which gives him the opportunity to do stuff like this…

VIDEO: Korver Pass

And then there’s second-year point guard Dennis Schröder, who has had a breakout season. With the shot clock running down at the end of the game, Schröder took a three to beat the buzzer, and he pulled a Nick “Swaggy P” Young…although Schröder had better luck at it…

VIDEO: Schröder Shot

Harry the Hawk looks for love on Tinder

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night, for their game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the red-hot Atlanta Hawks hosted what they call “Swipe Right Night.” This was based around the popular dating app Tinder. (At least, I’m told it’s popular. I’m married so I, ahem, wouldn’t know much about Tinder. But hey, YOLO.)

Anyway, in honor of Tinder night, the Hawks produced this video showing their mascot Harry the Hawk looking for love via Tinder. And oh does he comes close! But eventually, as you’ll see below, the silly string has to be deployed. Shoulda swiped left, Harry.

VIDEO: Harry on Tinder

Top Plays Spotlight: Ravenous Hawks

Western Conference supremacy? Tell that to the Atlanta Hawks right now, who have won nine straight games against the West, including a stretch through Houston, Dallas, Portland and L.A. (Clippers).

If there was a mystery as to why they are playing so well over the past six weeks, last night’s performance against the Memphis Grizzlies was illuminating. Jeff Teague balled for 25 points and a late-game closeout performance. Kyle Korver sealed matters with a trey in the final minute.

But it was their defense that shined the most. Simple plain harassment. By the time the final buzzer sounded, “Da Hawks” plucked the Grizzlies 17 times, the most ever in Philips Arena. Putting it into more context, over the past six games, the Hawks have forced 111 turnovers. That’s 18.5 a night. The Philadelphia 76ers cough up the pill a league-worst 19.2 times a night.

Last night, we saw a principled defensive bunch pester its way to another win.

VIDEO: Hawks fly everywhere vs. Memphis, set franchise home record with 17 steals

Atlanta Hawks give fans excuse for being late to work

VIDEO: Hawks beat Clippers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Atlanta Hawks are on an epic run right now — going into last night’s game in Los Angeles, the Hawks had won 18 of their 20 previous games and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference. This is the latest in a season the Hawks had moved into first place since the 1993-94 season when the Hawks won the Eastern Conference (and then lost in the second round of the playoffs).

For Hawks fans, every game has become must-see TV, which is fine until the team goes on a West Coast trip like they’ve been the previous week. But after wins at Utah and Portland, last night the Hawks ended their road swing in Los Angeles in a game that started at 10:30 PM Atlanta time. The Hawks came from behind to get the win, 107-98, in a game that ended after 1:00 AM Atlanta time.

So in case any Hawks fans were dragging this morning, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin took to Twitter and gave them a note to take to their bosses not only explaining their tardiness but also trying to drum up more support for their next home game against Memphis on Wednesday.

If you can’t read it, it says…

Dear Boss,

From one boss to another, please excuse _________ for being late to work Tuesday morning.

_________ is a huge Hawks fan and just couldn’t bear to miss watching Monday night’s game against the Clippers on SportSouth, which tipped off at 10:38 ET.

As a token of our appreciation for your kindness, we’d like to invite you, the boss, to the Hawks-Grizzlies game on Wednesday. We expect — will buy a ticket, but if the two of you show this letter at the box office, your ticket will be taken care of.

Thanks for your support,