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  1. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta wins ugly, but moves on to the second round

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:23 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    In all honesty, I would never wish repeat viewing of the Atlanta Hawks’ series-clinching victory over the Orlando Magic on my worst enemy. The on-court product was brutal. Neither team could convert any of their shots, the turnovers were many, and the execution on the whole was fairly awful. Atlanta’s 39.2 percent shooting from the…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Hawks look for close out, Magic look for threes

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Five

    The dynamics of this series — the dynamics that put the Atlanta up 3-1 and give them to close out Orlando on Thursday night at home in Game 6 — have not changed. Atlanta will largely single-cover Dwight Howard and he will put up impressive numbers. Hedo Turkoglu will stink. Jamal Crawford will again have…

  3. Turkoglu’s disaster of a playoffs traced back to Phoenix

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Back in 2009, Hedo Turkoglu was in his element, aggressively running the pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard was still the center of the Magic’s offensive solar system, Turkoglu was setting the table and knocking down threes. He pushed the Magic to the finals. This season, he is pushing them out in the first round. Orlando has to…

  4. Magic’s Richardson played through seven stiches on foot

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Tuesday afternoon, Orlando’s Jason Richardson stepped on some glass at home, resulting in seven stiches on his left foot, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Tuesday night, playing through pain, he had his best game of the first round leading the Magic with 17 points. There is no truth to the rumor that Dwight Howard and…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Magic demolish the Hawks, turn the series on its head

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Five

    On Tuesday night, the Orlando Magic returned to the comforts of reality, while the Atlanta Hawks experienced a jarring awakening. The first four games in this series weren’t an accurate representation of the performance of either team, but Game 5 shifted the matchup back toward balance, as Orlando thoroughly dominated both ends of the court…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta takes Game 4, Orlando is still searching

    Apr 24, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    We’re well past a mere first round scare or claims of an “upset alert.” With an 88-85 win in Game 4, the Atlanta Hawks have pushed the fourth-seeded Orlando Magic to the very edge of their playoff lives, a considerable achievement considering the regular season profiles of both teams. The Magic were the league’s fourth…

  7. Hawks’ Pachulia, Magic’s Richardson both suspended for Game 4

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The only real question was would it be one game or two. The answer is one. The league announced a one-game suspension for both Zaza Pachulia of Atlanta and Jason Richardson of Orlando for their scuffle in the fourth quarter of Game 3 Wednesday. Both will sit out Game 4 Sunday. The whole thing started…

  8. Orlando’s mid-season trade not reason for trouble (they were bad before)

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    Orlando is in trouble. They are down 2-1 to the Atlanta Hawks, a team that through the regular season and into the playoffs has shown its matchup advantages are hard for Orlando to overcome. Now the Magic face a virtual must-win Game 4 and likely will have to do it without Jason Richardson, who probably…

  9. Video: Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford with the dagger (he called bank)

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford is back. Or the one from last season that was runaway Sixth Man of the Year is back. After a lackluster regular season Crawford has been lighting up the Orlando Magic to the tune of 23.7 points per game and shooting 58.8 percent from three. Which brings us to the dagger from Game…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Maybe the Hawks can use more Horford in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    Now the Orlando/Atlanta series moves on to Game 3 on a neutral court… wait, it’s in Atlanta? Interesting. We’ll see if anyone notices. Seriously, the Hawks fans will be into it if the Hawks are into it. And in it. Whether the Hawks are in it may depend in part on how much run Al…

  11. Atlanta Hawks head home… is that an advantage?

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta is just an apathetic sports town. Always has been. I’m not going to try to explain it — Atlanta native Kevin Arnovitz laid it out better than I ever could hope to, and he doesn’t have all the answers — but I am here to pass along this tidbit: The Atlanta Hawks return home…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Magic defense edges out Hawks in Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    The Orlando Magic still haven’t figured out how to get consistent offensive production out of their perimeter players, but they made one drastic improvement from Game 1 to Game 2: the Magic defense is now in full effect. Atlanta played a competitive game by putting up a strong defensive front of their own and hitting…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta out to prove Game 1 wasn’t a fluke

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich

    The conventional wisdom about Game 1 of this series misses the point. As our own Matt Moore pointed out, what Atlanta did to the Magic was what teams used to do to Michael Jordan, what teams have tried to do to Steve Nash in recent years — let him score, make him a shooter. Don’t…

  14. Orlando loss casts shadow over Dwight Howard’s future

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Magic fans don’t want to draw the line connecting the dots. You can’t blame them. But the loss to Atlanta seemed to move those dots toward being in a straight line. And if things don’t change Dwight Howard could connect them himself and devastate the Orlando franchise. The starting point is here: every time Dwight…

  15. Hawks coach Larry Drew begins quest to save his job tonight

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    Larry Drew’s seat got hot fast in Atlanta. Which is on one way unfair — they gave him the exact same team that had been making the playoffs, getting to the second round and getting crushed and expected him to turn that water into wine. Not happening. But those were the expectations because the Hawks…

  16. NBA Playoff Preview: Orlando vs. Atlanta

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:53 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    SEASON RECORDS Magic: 52-30 (No. 4 seed) Hawks: 44-38(No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Hawks 3-1 KEY INJURIES Magic: J.J. Redick, missed 16 straight games with an abdomen issue but is expected back for playoffs; Gilbert Arenas’ knees are, well, still Gilbert Arenas’ knees, but more days off in playoffs should help him; Daniel Orton is…

  17. Stan Van Gundy, Magic players talk sweep

    May 11, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    It looked easy, but Stan Van Gundy said it wasn’t as easy as it looked, sweeping the Atlanta Hawks. Although, I think he was just being polite.  

  18. Can the Atlanta Hawks afford to revamp and remodel?

    May 10, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    After a pathetic game three performance by the Atlanta Hawks — one that followed two other ugly losses to the Orlando Magic, which followed them getting pushed seven games by the Milwaukee Bucks — there are calls to break up the Hawks. There are calls to fire Mike Woodson (that one we’re down with). There…

  19. Vince Carter winning by fitting in

    May 7, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    This wasn’t old-school Vinsanity. The old Vince Carter won games by taking them over and just outscoring the other team nearly single-handedly. That is not how you win a title. You do that by getting your points in the flow of the offense, making the other team respect you and that opens up good looks…

  20. Orlando's rout of the Hawks summed up in 14 seconds

    May 5, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    This little video pretty well says it all. Josh Smith starts driving the lane for what is normally a monster dunk, but Dwight Howard is there so he goes with the floater. Howard skies and gets away with goaltending (that ball was on its way down). While Josh Smith is flapping his arms and moaning…

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