NBA

San Antonio Spurs Assert their Dominance over the Atlanta Hawks

San Antonio Spurs Assert their Dominance over the Atlanta Hawks

kyle korver hawks vs spurs nba 2015

The night that began with Tony Parker visiting the Hawks locker room to chat with Spurs former assistant coach Mike Budenholzer, ended with the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs teaching the best team in the Eastern Conference—Bud’s Atlanta Hawks—a tough lesson in their 114-95 victory over the Hawks in Philips Arena in Atlanta on Sunday.

That lesson: everything the Hawks have worked so hard to build this season, their 50 win season, can all be undone in the playoffs or any other win-or-go-home situation.

The Hawks have now lost three games in a row for the first time this season. The Spurs exposed the Hawks deficiencies and really got under their skin. The Hawks lacked the physicality and big men they needed to compete with the Spurs; and by mid-way through the third quarter, Bud got himself ejected with two technical fouls for yelling at the officials—his first early exit as a head coach.

spurs beat hawks nba 2015 images

“Varsity is schooling the JV,” joked one Hawks fan during halftime of the matchup as reported by NBA.com. It was that kind of night for the fans—their team has now lost to the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Spurs. Sure, all three of these teams are in the Western Conference; but after their fantastic regular season, the Hawks are expected to make it to the 2015 NBA Finals. A playoff series loss anywhere in the early rounds would be considered an upset.

Well, let’s say the Hawks make it to the Finals. Odds are they’ll be facing one of these three teams. The Hawks simply haven’t been the same team since the All-Star Break, and big losses to the top teams in the West do not bode well for the Birds moving forward.

With an eight game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers for 1st place in the East, the Hawks will have no problem securing the top seed. The question now becomes how much they will be able to do with their top-dog status in the playoffs.

Click to add a comment
NBA
@chrismaurice18

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

derrick rose hooky fine from knicks 2017 images

Derrick Rose’s hooky fine from Knicks

Chris MauriceJanuary 15, 2017
adam silver 5 minute plan for nba games 2017 images

Adam Silver’s 5-minute plan for NBA Games

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Zaza Pachulia shows why nba made changes to all star game voting 2017 images

Zaza Pachulia shows why NBA made changes to All-Star Game voting

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
kyle korver picked up by cleveland cavaliers 2017 images

Kyle Korver picked up by Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized  2017 images

Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized

Chris MauriceJanuary 8, 2017
nba superstars benefit from new collective bargaining agreement 2016 images

NBA superstars benefit from new Collective Bargaining Agreement

Chris MauriceDecember 27, 2016
nba with carmelo anthony after george karl take aim in book 2016 images

NBA with Carmelo Anthony after George Karl takes aim with book

Chris MauriceDecember 24, 2016
2016 Sports   Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen  ryan lochte on All Losers Team images

2016 Sports – Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen, Ryan Lochte on All-Losers Team

Shane LambertDecember 23, 2016
eric gordon making a great go with houston rockets 2016 images

Eric Gordon making a great go with Houston Rockets

Chris MauriceDecember 20, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription