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Kyle Korver: Two blocks

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NBA Playoffs throwback: Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers, 1994, Game 6, Eastern Conference semifinals.

Indiana upsets the #1 seeded Hawks to earn a trip to “the final four of professional basketball” as the terribly excited announcer puts it. MY GAWD, remember when Indiana games used to sound like this? Like the huge explosion at minute 4:23 after a Reggie Miller three. The Pacers would go on to lose to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference finals.

The matchup begins today in Indiana at 1pm EST on TNT.

Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks 
Game 1 - Sun April 21, Atlanta at Indiana, 1 p.m., TNT Game 2 - Wed April 24, Atlanta at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV Game 3 - Sat April 27, Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m., ESPN Game 4 - Mon April 29, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD Game 5 - Wed May 1, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD Game 6 - Fri May 3, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD Game 7 - Sun May 5, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD 

Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks 

Game 1 - Sun April 21, Atlanta at Indiana, 1 p.m., TNT 
Game 2 - Wed April 24, Atlanta at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV 
Game 3 - Sat April 27, Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m., ESPN 
Game 4 - Mon April 29, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD 
Game 5 - Wed May 1, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 - Fri May 3, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 - Sun May 5, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD 

This may be the most forgettable playoff series ever. And that’s really a shame, because both the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks should (in theory) have a lot going for them.
The Pacers play ball that your granddad could be proud of – crashing the boards, playing gritty defense and eschewing star power for kids like Lance Stephenson and Jeff Pendergraph.
And the Hawks feature Josh Smith, one of the most electric players that everyone seems to forget about. They’re a perennial playoff team in a solid basketball city.
But both teams finished in the bottom six in attendance figures, reminding us that just sometimes, winning isn’t everything. The two teams combined to lose nine out of their last 12, stumbling into the playoffs with an air of tired complacency that will get you nowhere in the playoffs.
I think we’ll see this reflected in the games. Neither team has the firepower to make a title run this year (although the Pacers have proved they can matchup with the best) and I don’t see a passion in either team to make this THE year. You see Nate Robinson leading the Bulls and they really play like they’ve got something to lose – or the Nuggets who just look like they’re having fun. Those are the teams that surprise you in the end.
And I just don’t see it here. This won’t make for exciting basketball – so I think these games are destined for low intrigue and lower ratings.
As far as the actual matchup goes, it’s really the Pacers’ to lose. They’ve got enough firepower (assuming Paul George is healthy enough) to consistently put up points, and their defense is rock solid. If the Hawks can maintain high percentages (which I don’t think they will), there’s a chance for an upset here. 
(@parker_myers)

This may be the most forgettable playoff series ever. And that’s really a shame, because both the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks should (in theory) have a lot going for them.

The Pacers play ball that your granddad could be proud of – crashing the boards, playing gritty defense and eschewing star power for kids like Lance Stephenson and Jeff Pendergraph.

And the Hawks feature Josh Smith, one of the most electric players that everyone seems to forget about. They’re a perennial playoff team in a solid basketball city.

But both teams finished in the bottom six in attendance figures, reminding us that just sometimes, winning isn’t everything. The two teams combined to lose nine out of their last 12, stumbling into the playoffs with an air of tired complacency that will get you nowhere in the playoffs.

I think we’ll see this reflected in the games. Neither team has the firepower to make a title run this year (although the Pacers have proved they can matchup with the best) and I don’t see a passion in either team to make this THE year. You see Nate Robinson leading the Bulls and they really play like they’ve got something to lose – or the Nuggets who just look like they’re having fun. Those are the teams that surprise you in the end.

And I just don’t see it here. This won’t make for exciting basketball – so I think these games are destined for low intrigue and lower ratings.

As far as the actual matchup goes, it’s really the Pacers’ to lose. They’ve got enough firepower (assuming Paul George is healthy enough) to consistently put up points, and their defense is rock solid. If the Hawks can maintain high percentages (which I don’t think they will), there’s a chance for an upset here. 

(@parker_myers)

joemande:

And here’s one for his brother, Atlanta Hawks back-up point guard Jannero Pargo. 


Please also enjoy Joe Mande’s Jeremy Pargo movie poster.

joemande:

And here’s one for his brother, Atlanta Hawks back-up point guard Jannero Pargo. 

Please also enjoy Joe Mande’s Jeremy Pargo movie poster.

Where do the Atlanta Hawks go from here? Since ending their playoff drought in 2008, the Hawks haven’t progressed in any fashion. Yes, the Hawks appeared in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals in 2009, 2010, and, 2011, but the team appears to be treading water. 
It could be inferred the Hawks have benefited from the lopsidedness of the Eastern Conference (Two teams to rule them all). So, do the Hawks blow up the team and start fresh again? Or do they just stand and attempt to acquire pieces through free agency?
Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Where do the Atlanta Hawks go from here? Since ending their playoff drought in 2008, the Hawks haven’t progressed in any fashion. Yes, the Hawks appeared in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals in 2009, 2010, and, 2011, but the team appears to be treading water. 

It could be inferred the Hawks have benefited from the lopsidedness of the Eastern Conference (Two teams to rule them all). So, do the Hawks blow up the team and start fresh again? Or do they just stand and attempt to acquire pieces through free agency?

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Tonight, the Bulls, Hawks and Nuggets all stared down elimination and took their Game 5s. 
Live to fight another day.
@parker_myers

Tonight, the Bulls, Hawks and Nuggets all stared down elimination and took their Game 5s. 

Live to fight another day.

@parker_myers

Look at this mascot. 
AP Photo/David Goldman

Look at this mascot. 

AP Photo/David Goldman

NBA Playoffs Throwback: Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics, 1988 Eastern Conference semifinals, Game 7

Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins anticipate the NBA ‘BIG’ campaign in this epic game 7 duel at Boston Garden. ‘Nique goes for 47 points on 19-23 shooting — 19 FOR 23! — including 14 in the final quarter. Bird scores 20 (20!) of his 34 points in the final quarter including the game winning layup. Boston advances only to lose to the Bad Boy Pistons in the Conference Finals. Also, this music is awesome.

The 2012 match-up begins with Game 1 tonight at 7pm EST on TNT!

I’m just not a great practice player. That’s what I wasn’t. I was a gamer. You put me in a game and the lights are bright and the stands are filled. That’s just what I was. But you practice, get up and down and do this. That wasn’t my thing. The crazy thing about it is… there’s a lot of players like that. People are so scared to really voice who they are. They want to be politically correct. Just scared to see what other people’s perceptions are… When you have God-given talent, I think that that kind of hinders your practice habits and that’s what I think it did to me. Had I not been so talented, I probably would have busted my (butt) in practice.

Tracy McGrady (via anaccumulation)

Tracy McGrady is talking about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game, he’s talking abut practice.

"The Hawks ain’t got nothing but a bunch of nice guys."
- Charles Barkley

"The Hawks ain’t got nothing but a bunch of nice guys."

- Charles Barkley

NBA Haikus - 2011-2012 Season Preview - The Southeast Division

It’s going to be a short season after an even shorter off-season. We had limited time to track player movement, team development and bring you in depth team analysis, like we did last year. So the bros and bro-ettes at NBAO decided we’ll follow in the footsteps of the NBA and provide you with abbreviated team previews in the best way possible, haikus.

Our third installment of NBA Haikus is dedicated to the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division. This division has a ton of star power and always gets 3 teams into the playoffs despite not having a single team play in one of the top 5 television market

Eastern Conference - Southeast Division:

Atlanta Hawks:
Add a great scorer 
His name, Tracy McGrady 
A decade too late
__________ 

Charlotte Bobcats:
Can Kemba play point
Boris Diaw likes cream sauce
Bismac Biyombo
__________ 

Miami Heat:
The Big 3 play D
Stuntin’ on the Jumbotron
Quarters one through three
__________ 

Orlando Magic:
Dwight Howard won’t stay
Deal with it, Orlando fans
Please fire Otis Smith
__________ 

Washington Wizards:
Bullets hands are back
Red, white, and blue stripes are cool
Rashard makes too much
__________  

Read more NBA HaikusAtlantic DivisionCentral DivisionSoutheast DivisionNorthwest DivisionPacific DivisionSouthwest Division

Penned by the undiscovered poets of the tumblrwebs:KristinDouglasMark,ThomasSeanCarlosMichaelKeith, Parker, and Shane.


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