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Atlanta Hawks Weekly Recap (10/26-11/1)

It is officially the best time of year, not only do sports fans get the weekly high of NFL Sundays, but they also get blessed with the NBA every night of the year. The NBA season officially kicked off last Tuesday, so let’s take a look at the standings after the first week of action.

#
Team
W
L
PCT
GB
CONF
DIV
HOME
ROAD
L10
STRK
1
Hawks
3
1
.750
0.0
3-1
2-0
1-1
2-0
3-1
W3
2
Wizards
2
1
.667
0.5
2-1
1-0
0-1
2-0
2-1
L1
3
Heat
2
1
.667
0.5
1-1
1-0
2-0
0-1
2-1
W1
4
Magic
0
3
.000
2.5
0-2
0-1
0-2
0-1
0-3
L3
5
Hornets
0
3
.000
2.5
0-3
0-3
0-1
0-2
0-3
L3

Atlanta opened up their season with a home game versus the Detroit Pistions, a team that is looking to take a big step forward this season after some key additions such as Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris. Atlanta never found their rhythm offensively, and were dominated on the glass, as Andre Drummond showed why he is one of the best young stars in the NBA. Atlanta was out-rebounded by 19 and fell in their home opener 106-94.

The Hawks traveled to New York on Tuesday for a nationally televised matchup with the Knicks. Charles Barkley had some bold statements regarding the Hawks, calling Atlanta a fluke and predicting they would not be a top 5 seed in the Eastern Conference this season. He also raved about the Knicks being a potential playoff team. Well the game did not make Mr. Barkley look the brightest, as the Hawks got out to a huge lead early and got their first win of the season 112-101

Atlanta ended its week with home and home set against the Charlotte Hornets. Game one was played in Phillips Arena and the Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter, but an 11-0 run in the closing minutes gave Charlotte the ball with a chance to tie at the buzzer. However, Kemba Walker’s deep three was off and Atlanta won 97-94. Atlanta traveled to Charlotte for a Sunday matinee and picked up right where it left off by jumping out to a double digit lead in the first quarter. However, Charlotte bounced back with a huge 3rd quarter and took the lead. The Hornets were able to keep the lead for most of the second half, but with the score knotted at 89, Paul Millsap hit a huge three-pointer. Once again, Charlotte had one last shot to try and tie it up with the score at 94-92, but like on Friday, Kemba Walker could not hit the game tying jumper.

Player of the Week

The first player of the week of the year goes to the guy who has been around the longest in a Hawks uniform. Al Horford played spectacularly throughout the week averaging 17.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.3 apg and 2.5 bpg. He is one of the best all around centers in the game today and should be in for a monster year now that he is a year removed from the torn pectoral muscle and has a new wingman in Tiago Splitter. 

 

 

 

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