Intellectual Theft: Mike Budenholzer

13 NBA teams will be entering the 2013-2014 season with a new head coach. Each of those coaches will face unique challenges, but should be able to draw on a pool of experience from their previous jobs. Intellectual Theft is a series looking at some specific elements that each coach can bring from … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Atlanta Hawks

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The Hawks find themselves in a familiar spot once again this year; headed to the playoffs as a middle seed in the Eastern Conference for the fifth consecutive year (8 seed in 2008). However, there are some major differences that separate this year’s team from those in the past. The most notable … [Read more...]

The Quiet All-Around Brilliance of Al Horford

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Al Horford plays for the Atlanta Hawks, so he doesn't get nearly as much attention as he should. Horford plays on the same front line as Josh Smith, himself a wrecking ball of energy and athleticism wrapped in an enigma, so he is, to many, arguably not even the most interesting player on his own … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: Late Game Offense

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we’ve got … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: Korver, Redick and Dunleavy Passing Off Pin-downs

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we've got … [Read more...]

Indiana’s Defensive Miscommunication Seals Their Fate

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During the final possessions of the Hawks win over the Pacers, communication on the defense proved to be the game's deciding factor. Let’s take a look at what went wrong for the Pacers and right for the Hawks. Down by one with 19 seconds remaining, the Pacers were forced to foul in order to get … [Read more...]

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