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Mark Cuban says ‘losing is best option’ for Mavs. Do Hawks feel the same?

What Mavericks franchise owner Mark Cuban said on Julius Erving’s podcast Monday isn’t that controversial. It’s just that he said the unspeakable, at least for people in his position. "I'm probably not supposed to say this but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, 'Look...


State basketball primer: Best teams, players and stories

State basketball primer: Best teams, players and stories

The 97th Georgia high school state basketball tournament begins this weekend with 224 first-round games spanning from Tunnel Hill in northwest Georgia to Brunswick on the coast. Below is just about everything you’d want to know about it, including the first-round matchups in all seven classifications. When: The first round will be played Friday and Saturday. Girls games are typically Friday...
There is a reason Kent Bazemore is back to his old athletic self

There is a reason Kent Bazemore is back to his old athletic self

Kent Bazemore was under heavy scrutiny. A four-year, $70 million contract will bring that to an up-and-coming NBA player. When the Hawks guard didn’t exactly live up to expectations last season, it was easy to point to the pressure of playing under such a deal as the primary reason. Perhaps not. Bazemore is putting up career-high statistics this season while still playing under the same contract...
Hawks at the break, by the numbers

Hawks at the break, by the numbers

After two games tonight, the NBA is taking a break for All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. The Hawks don’t play gain until Feb. 23 at the Pacers, the first of their 23 games after the break. Here’s a look at some numbers over the first 59 games (via Basketball-Reference and NBA.com/stats): 18-41  Hawks record, tied with the Suns for worst in the NBA.  Hawks record since...
Young Hawks keep battling in loss to Pistons

Young Hawks keep battling in loss to Pistons

DETROIT - The last game before the All-Star break may have been a preview of how some of the Hawks' remaining games could look. The starting lineup Atlanta rolled out in Detroit had the appearance of a franchise improving its lottery chances. Then, a bunch of hungry young players stepped up. With Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder sitting this one out, and Ersan Ilyasova out of sight, the Hawks fell...
New Hawk White III makes ‘a great first impression’

New Hawk White III makes ‘a great first impression’

Andrew White III wasn't bashful during his NBA debut. The undrafted rookie out of Syracuse, who signed a two-way contract in mid-January, knew he'd get a chance to play on Wednesday with three starters sitting out. His forte is perimeter shooting and he didn't turn down any chances to let it fly. White scored a team-high 15 points in 17 minutes in the team's 104-98 loss at Detroit, attempting 11 field...
Ten observations from Hawks’ loss at Pistons

Ten observations from Hawks’ loss at Pistons

In their final game before the All-Star break, the Hawks sent a skeleton crew against the Pistons. Dennis Schroder (back), Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) and Kent Bazemore (rest) sat. The Pistons countered with a group that still seems to be trying to figure out its identity in the wake of the Blake Griffin trade. Eventually Griffin was the catalyst: 13 points on 10 shots, 12 rebounds, nine assists. Somehow...
Game preview: Hawks to sit three starters at Pistons 

Game preview: Hawks to sit three starters at Pistons 

When/where: 7 p.m. today, Little Caesars Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Dennis Schroder (back), Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder), Kent Bazemore (rest) and Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) are out.  Pistons—Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Jon Leuer (ankle) are out.  What to watch for: The Hawks (18-40) will play their...
Hawks rookie Dorsey on the rise

Hawks rookie Dorsey on the rise

Hawks rookie Tyler Dorsey had a bad game in the loss at Milwaukee last night. Dorsey was a team-worst minus-11 in 13 minutes played. He was on the floor for six minutes during Milwaukee’s third-quarter surge while posting zeros across his stat line.  But such duds have become rare for Dorsey, who turns 22 years old on Sunday. Over the past two weeks, Dorsey has nearly doubled the number...
Hawks’ 10-year playoff streak likely coming to an end

Hawks’ 10-year playoff streak likely coming to an end

Barring a dramatic late-season turnaround, the Hawks will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The 10-year postseason run included the Zaza Pachulia-Kevin Garnett staredown in the first round of the 2008 playoffs and the Eastern Conference finals appearance against the Cavaliers in 2015. Here’s a look back at the Hawks’ decade-long playoff run and the Hawks in...
Atlanta Hawks hosting ‘Swipe Right Night’ couple’s wedding at Philips

Atlanta Hawks hosting ‘Swipe Right Night’ couple’s wedding at Philips

Ben McCleskey and Avery Armstrong will soon exchange their vows and get married where their romance began — at Philips Arena. Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin is keeping his promise to pay for — and host — the wedding of McCleskey and Armstrong, a couple who started dating after the NBA team’s first “Swipe Right Night” in 2015. Ben and Avery were acquaintances when...
Hawks’ Bazemore keeps battling after technical

Hawks’ Bazemore keeps battling after technical

With four minutes left in the the game and the Hawks trying to mount a rather unexpected comeback attempt against the Bucks in Milwaukee, shooting guard Kent Bazemore was whistled for a technical foul by referee Jacyn Goble. Milwaukee's Khris Middleton made the free throw, restoring the Bucks' lead to four, but instead of it being the deflating moment it could have been for a young team, it served...
Bembry returns, gives Hawks a lift

Bembry returns, gives Hawks a lift

MILWAUKEE -- The stat line wasn't overly impressive, but DeAndre' Bembry made a good impression Tuesday night as he returned to action for the first time since Dec. 22.  The Hawks' first-round selection in the 2016 draft, Bembry was plagued by a wrist injury early in the season and after struggling in 15 games after his return, was assigned to Atlanta's G-league affiliate where he first injured...
Ten observations from Hawks’ loss at Bucks

Ten observations from Hawks’ loss at Bucks

1. This was a professional effort by the Hawks but they faded in the end. The Bucks blitzed them in the third quarter to lead by 14 but the Hawks  rallied in the fourth. Kent Bazemore tied it at 84 with his second 3-pointer of the final period. Then Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo  scored on consecutive possessions, Ersan Ilyasova missed back-to-back threes and  Eric Bledsoe hammered...
Game preview: Improved Hawks face surging Bucks on the road

Game preview: Improved Hawks face surging Bucks on the road

When/where: 8 p.m. today, Bradley Center  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) is out. Bucks— Malcolm Brogdon (quad), Matthew Dellavedova (ankle), John Henson (hamstring) and Mirza Teletovic (lung) are out. What to watch for: Since losing four straight games on their West trip, the Hawks (18-39)...
Hawks: Has Dennis Schroder reached his ceiling?

Hawks: Has Dennis Schroder reached his ceiling?

Before this season, FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical forecast categorized Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder as an “average starter.” Now that Schroder has played 54 games during his second season as a full-time starter, and the first as the offensive leader, the evidence suggests “average starter” might be Schroder’s ceiling.  If that turns out to be...
State playoff predictions

State playoff predictions

The Class AA basketball region tournaments were completed last weekend, which means the state playoffs begin this week. That means it’s time for my annual playoff predictions.  For me, there’s only one team — regardless of gender — that stands out as a runaway favorite and that’s Laney’s Lady Wildcats, who take a 27-0 record into the tournament. Naturally,...
Hawks’ Bembry has to ‘find a way to stay healthy’ to salvage season

Hawks’ Bembry has to ‘find a way to stay healthy’ to salvage season

Hawks wing player DeAndre’ Bembry is back on the active roster after spending most of six weeks on the injured list. Now he gets a chance for a positive conclusion to what’s been a disappointing second professional season.  To do that, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Bembry will have to show that he can stay on the court.  “No doubt staying healthy would be a huge part...
NBA draft lottery watch: Are the Hawks getting too good to win the top pick?

NBA draft lottery watch: Are the Hawks getting too good to win the top pick?

The rebuilding Hawks largely will depend on the draft to add talent but they have plenty of competition in the race to the bottom of the NBA standings and thus the best odds in the draft lottery. The stakes are high: After the 2018 draft the odds for the team with the worst record winning the lottery decrease dramatically . Here is a look at the lottery prospects for the...
Dedmon returns to starting lineup, lifts Hawks to victory

Dedmon returns to starting lineup, lifts Hawks to victory

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon returned to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Pistons. After Dedmon scored a career-high tying 20 points during the 118-115 Hawks victory, coach Mike Budenholzer said he planned to keep Dedmon as the starter.  Dedmon was the starter to begin the season. When he suffered a stress fracture injury in late November, Miles Plumlee replaced him in the lineup and...
Hawks bring up Andrew White from G League

Hawks bring up Andrew White from G League

The Hawks hope rookie Andrew White is the latest player they can help develop into an NBA wing.  The Hawks on Sunday transferred White from their G League affiliate in Erie, Pa. White, who has never appeared in an NBA game, was on the Hawks’ active roster for the game against the Pistons.  White, 24, wasn’t selected in the 2017 draft out of Syracuse (he also played at Kansas...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Pistons

Ten observations from Hawks victory over Pistons

Ten observations from Hawks 118, Pistons 115 .. . .  1. Dewayne Dedmon (career-high tying 20 points) gave the Hawks the fourth-quarter scoring punch that they needed. When Hawks guard Dennis Schroder got his shot blocked by Andre Drummond on a drive, Dedmon collected the loose ball and scored as Ish Smith grabbed him. Dedmon made the free throw to put the Hawks ahead 109-107 and, after Drummond...
Game preview: Blake Griffin leads Pistons against Hawks

Game preview: Blake Griffin leads Pistons against Hawks

  When/where: 3:30 today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—DeAndre’ Bembry (groin) is probable; Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) is out. Pistons—James Ennis (trade) is questionable; Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Jon Leuer (ankle) are out. What to watch for: The Hawks (17-39) could see the return of guard/forward DeAndre&rsquo...
Hawks upgrade Bembry to probable

Hawks upgrade Bembry to probable

The Hawks upgraded DeAndre’ Bembry to probable in advance of Sunday’s game against the Pistons. The guard/forward has not played since Dec. 22 with two injuries and two G League stints. He missed the past 11 games with a left adductor strain. He also missed seven games with a left groin strain. A one-game stint in the G League separated the two injuries. Bembry was arrested on Friday morning...
Korver’s 3-point barrage haunts Hawks in return to Atlanta

Korver’s 3-point barrage haunts Hawks in return to Atlanta

Remember me? The Hawks would like to forget Kyle Korver after this night. Korver came back to Atlanta and scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 123-107 victory over the Hawks on Friday night. Korver hit 7 of 13 3-pointers in the runaway victory. Korver had 30 points in 32 minutes. He outscored LeBron James, who finished with 22 points as part of a triple-double, in 41 minutes. Well...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Cavaliers

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Cavaliers

Ten observations from the Hawks’ 123-107 loss to the Cavaliers Friday night at Philips Arena: 1. These are the Hawks. On back-to-back nights they lost to a Magic team missing three starters and a Cavaliers team playing with just seven players for most of the game. For the most part, the Hawks have played competitive basketball this season and you cannot say in the current rebuild that they should...
DeAndre Bembry declines to discuss arrest

DeAndre Bembry declines to discuss arrest

DeAndre Bembry declined to address his arrest on charges of reckless driving and speeding following a traffic stop early Friday morning. Bembry was arrested at about12:20 a.m. after the Hawks second-year player had returned with the team from a game against the Magic in Orlando. He was driving a purple Dodge Charger and clocked going 128 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-85 near Buford Highway, according...
Hawks buy out Belinelli, get more minutes for young players

Hawks buy out Belinelli, get more minutes for young players

The Hawks bought out the contract of Marco Belinelli and the veteran shooting guard will be a free agent after he clears waivers. The Hawks held Belinelli, the veteran reserve shooting guard, out of Tuesday’s game against the Grizzlies and he did not travel with the team for Thursday’s game at the Magic as the team considered several trade options ahead of the NBA trade deadline. In the...
Game preview: Cavaliers at Hawks

Game preview: Cavaliers at Hawks

When/where: 7:30 today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—DeAndre’ Bembry (left adductor strain) and Tyler Cavanaugh (right ankle sprain) are out, Dennis Schroder (lower back tightness) is probable. Cavaliers—Kevin Love (left hand fracture) is out.  What to watch for: The Hawks (17-38) play the second...
Hawks quiet at trade deadline with eye on deals this summer

Hawks quiet at trade deadline with eye on deals this summer

The Hawks didn’t add any players or draft picks before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. General manager Travis Schlenk said he examined the league landscape and determined that he should be able to make better deals this summer than the ones he passed on this week.  “We are in a position where we don’t have to do a deal we are not comfortable with,” Schlenk said. The...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Magic

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Magic

  ORLANDO--Ten observations from Magic 100, Hawks 98. . . . 1.The Hawks had a bad shooting night (49.4 effective field-goal percentage) but stayed in it with gritty defense and strong rebounding (38-28 advantage). The Hawks led 87-86 after John Collins' dunk with 2:55 to play but couldn't hold the advantage as the Magic scored on four of their next five possessions. Dewayne Dedmon air-balled...
Philips Arena expected to get new name when current deal expires

Philips Arena expected to get new name when current deal expires

Philips Arena is expected to get a new name after the Hawks’ 20-year naming-rights deal with technology company Philips expires following the 2018-19 NBA season.  Hawks CEO Steve Koonin declined to comment when reached Thursday on a report by industry publication Venues Now that Netherlands-based Philips has decided not to renew the deal, but he acknowledged that likelihood in an October...
LeBron hits game-winner, gives Cavs confidence as they head to Atlanta

LeBron hits game-winner, gives Cavs confidence as they head to Atlanta

Look out, Atlanta.  The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to Philips Arena after taking the first step in figuring out where they’ve gone wrong over the past two months. During Wednesday’s matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves, LeBron James blocked Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler 's jump shot with 1.3 seconds left in overtime and the game tied at 138.  On the following inbound...
Leadoff: Hawks soar past $1 billion in franchise value

Leadoff: Hawks soar past $1 billion in franchise value

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look inside Atlanta sports.  Even as the Hawks rank among the NBA’s worst teams on the court, albeit by design, the franchise’s value has soared.  The Hawks are now worth $1.15 billion, up 30 percent from $885 million a year ago, according to Forbes’ annual study, released Wednesday, of NBA franchise valuations...
Somebody stop the Hawks before they win again

Somebody stop the Hawks before they win again

For what they were trying to do, the Atlanta Hawks have had a good – meaning bad – season. They’re tied with Dallas for the NBA’s worst record. They’re headed for the draft lottery and maybe the No. 1 pick. Being the Hawks, they’re still capable of messing things up.  On Dec. 22, the Hawks were 7-25, 1½ games behind the Mavericks, who held the league&rsquo...
Hawks draft prospect watch: Grayson Allen, Duke

Hawks draft prospect watch: Grayson Allen, Duke

Grayson Allen College: Duke Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. Class: Senior Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 205 (listed) Age: 22 (Oct. 8,1995) ESPN draft projection : 35th NEW YORK—The Hawks could have as many as three first-round picks in the 2018 draft. Their own pick almost certainly will be in the lottery. Barring epic collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own the...
Hawks vet Ilyasova has invoked right to reject trades, wants to ‘see other options’

Hawks vet Ilyasova has invoked right to reject trades, wants to ‘see other options’

Forward Ersan Ilyasova so far has invoked his right to reject the trades the Hawks have presented to him. He said he’s willing to accept a trade if it’s the right situation but also would be fine finishing the season with the Hawks.  The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m.  “There are a couple of days left and I want to see other options,” Ilyasova said after...
Hawks hold out Belinelli as they seek to trade him

Hawks hold out Belinelli as they seek to trade him

The Hawks are holding Marco Belinelli out of their game against Memphis Tuesday night as they seek to trade the veteran guard, the team confirmed. The Hawks still had a “few options” for trades that include Belinelli, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. The team is holding out Belinelli to avoid the risk of injury before he is traded.  The NBA trade deadline is...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Grizzlies

Ten observations from Hawks victory over Grizzlies

Ten observations from Hawks 108, Grizzlies 82. . . . 1. This was the first time since the Kings came through Philips Arena in November that an opponent looked over-matched by the Hawks. It may not have been good entertainment but it was a good victory for the Hawks, assuming you aren't on Team Tank. The Hawks took an 8-6 lead and never gave back the advantage. The lead was 79-54 after three quarters...
Schlenk: Hawks ‘don’t feel pressure’ to make deadline trade

Schlenk: Hawks ‘don’t feel pressure’ to make deadline trade

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said he’s open to trades that net the team draft picks or young NBA prospects. However, he said he doesn’t feel pressure to make a deal before Thursday’s deadline because the Hawks already have accumulated multiple draft picks and have few burdensome contracts on the books.  The Hawks, who entered Tuesday with the NBA’s worst winning...
Game preview: Hawks, Grizzlies headed for draft lottery

Game preview: Hawks, Grizzlies headed for draft lottery

When/where: 7:30 today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—DeAndre’ Bembry (groin) and Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) are out. Grizzlies—Mike Conley (heel), Deyonta Davis (knees), Tyreke Evans (not with team) and Chandler Parsons (knee) are out; Wayne Selden Jr. (knee) is questionable. What to watch for: The Hawks (16-37)...
Hawks draft prospect watch: Wendell Carter Jr., Duke

Hawks draft prospect watch: Wendell Carter Jr., Duke

  Wendell Carter Jr. College: Duke Hometown: Atlanta Class: Freshman Height/weight: 6-foot-10, 257 (2017 Nike Hoop Summit) Age: 18 (April 16,1999) ESPN draft projection : 8th The Hawks could have as many as three first-round picks in the 2018 draft. Their own pick almost certainly will be in the lottery. Barring epic collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own...
High-flying Hawks: Maryland Eastern Shore hoops broke HBCU barriers

High-flying Hawks: Maryland Eastern Shore hoops broke HBCU barriers

There isn’t much that’s special about Princess Anne, Maryland. It’s a tiny town of about 4,000 people in the state’s poorest county nestled on the Delmarva Peninsula. But for one remarkable season — in 1974 — it was near the top of the college basketball universe. That’s the year that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks and their high-powered offense...
Only the Atlanta Hawks’ most ardent fans get in the 6th Man Section

Only the Atlanta Hawks’ most ardent fans get in the 6th Man Section

With his face covered in red face paint, Adnan Ikic stands in the middle of a group of dedicated Atlanta Hawks fans. When the opposing team commits a turnover, Ikic leads a chant: “Which way?! Which way?! Which way?!” Everyone around him points to the opposite side of the court: “That way! That way!” While some, or even many, might engage in some small talk at Philips...
Hawks to wear throwback uniforms, honor past greats on Saturday

Hawks to wear throwback uniforms, honor past greats on Saturday

The Hawks will honor their history Saturday when they host the Bulls on Throwback Night. The team will wear a replica of their 1972 uniforms and the organization will also honor alumni. The game tips off at 5 p.m. at Philips Arena. Throughout the night, the club will show videos highlighting the franchise’s past.  The uniform features red-and-white pinstripe accents on the collar and...
Hawks-Pelicans game still on as scheduled

Hawks-Pelicans game still on as scheduled

The Hawks home game against the Pelicans on Wednesday will be played as scheduled despite recent inclement weather, according to a team spokesperson. The game at Philips Arena is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The team has no plans to adjust the start time or door openings. The team spokesperson encouraged fans to use MARTA. Atlanta received 2.3 inches of snow overnight that closed schools, government...
Belinelli ruled out with ankle sprain

Belinelli ruled out with ankle sprain

Hawks guard Marco Belinelli will not play in Friday night’s home game against the Nets due to a left ankle sprain. The reserve was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report Thursday but his status was downgraded Friday. It will be the first game Belinelli has missed this season. Belinelli is averaging 11.8 points and is shooting .386 from 3-point range in 41 games this season...
Belinelli listed as questionable versus Nets

Belinelli listed as questionable versus Nets

The Hawks could be without Marco Belinelli for Friday’s home game against the Nets. The reserve guard was added to the team injury report as questionable with a left ankle sprain. Belinelli is averaging 11.8 points and is shooting .386 from 3-point range in 41 games this season. The injury report also includes Dewayne Dedmon (left tibia stress reaction), Mike Muscala (left ankle sprain) and...
Dedmon, Muscala, Prince probable vs. Nuggets

Dedmon, Muscala, Prince probable vs. Nuggets

The Hawks should again have most of their players available for Wednesday night’s game at the Nuggets. The Hawks listed starting center Dewayne Dedmon (left tibia stress reaction), forward/center Mike Muscala (left ankle sprain) and starting forward Taurean Prince (right ring finger dislocation) as probable on the injury report issued Tuesday. DeAndre Bembry (left groin strain) remains out and...
What else could go wrong? Hawks stuck in elevator

What else could go wrong? Hawks stuck in elevator

Nothing sums up the Hawks’ current road trip like getting stuck in an elevator. Literally. Several members of the team, coaches and support personnel were stuck in an elevator in Los Angeles for several minutes on Tuesday. Players Malcolm Delaney and John Collins posted about the incident on social media. The Hawks are 0-4 on a five-game road trip that ends Wednesday at the Nuggets. In two of...
Some encouraging signs in Hawks’ desert loss

Some encouraging signs in Hawks’ desert loss

For a team with the marginal results all season, the Atlanta Hawks simply cannot afford to relax. In control for nearly the entire contest Tuesday night in Phoenix, the Hawks learned a bitter lesson that an NBA game is played for a complete 48 minutes. With a five-point lead and 1:29 remaining, the Hawks allowed Phoenix to creep back into this one, and gave Devon Booker every opportunity to prevent...
Bazemore: Hawks ‘got out of our plan’ in final minutes

Bazemore: Hawks ‘got out of our plan’ in final minutes

With so few victories to show for the effort, the only experience for the Atlanta Hawks in the desert this NBA season turned into another disappointment. Sitting with a nine-point lead with just under two-minutes to play, the Hawks did not play scared, but did not play to win.  That was the assessment of Kent Bazemore, who hit his first seven shots in an eventual 104-103 loss to Phoenix. With...
Hawks upgrade Muscala to probable

Hawks upgrade Muscala to probable

The Hawks will likely have Mike Muscala back when they begin a five-game western road trip at the Suns Tuesday. The forward/center was upgraded to probable on the team’s injury list released Monday. Muscala has been out after suffering a left ankle sprain on Nov. 3 and has missed the past 27 games due to the injury The Hawks recalled Muscala from the G League on Sunday after he played a total...
Hawks recall Muscala from G League

Hawks recall Muscala from G League

The Hawks recalled Mike Muscala from a G League assignment on Sunday. The forward/center played two games for the Erie BayHawks in the stint as he worked to return from a left ankle sprain. Muscala had 14 points and six rebounds in Erie’s 119-110 win over Santa Cruz Saturday. He also had 13 points and two rebounds in Erie’s 111-104 win over Fort Wayne Thursday. He started both games at...
Update: Budenholzer, Casey exchange expletives at end of Raptors win over Hawks

Update: Budenholzer, Casey exchange expletives at end of Raptors win over Hawks

Mike Budenholzer said he exchanged test messages with Dwane Casey and apologized after the head coaches had an expletive-laden exchange at the end of Friday night’s game in Toronto. The coaches of the Hawks and Raptors both used the F-word caught on television broadcasts. “The end of a game,” Budenholzer said Saturday before the Hawks hosted the Trail Blazers. “It’s competitive...
Hawks add Schroder to injury list as probable

Hawks add Schroder to injury list as probable

The Hawks listed starting point guard Dennis Schroder as probable with a left quad contusion in their injury report released Saturday afternoon. Schroder had 14 points, nine assists and five rebounds for the Hawks in Friday night’s 111-98 loss at the Raptors. The Hawks host the Trail Blazers Saturday in the second of back-to-back games and the final of three games in four nights. Starting center...
Hawks’ Nike City Edition jersey inspired by 1970s uniforms

Hawks’ Nike City Edition jersey inspired by 1970s uniforms

Nike unveiled its City Edition uniform for all 30 NBA teams. This season’s fourth set of uniforms are like no others. Each version dives into city and team culture, referencing everything from monuments to franchise legends, to highlight what is unique about each organization and city. This is how Nike describes the Hawks’ version, which is all black with volt green accents:
Hawks’ Muscala upgraded to questionable

Hawks’ Muscala upgraded to questionable

Mike Muscala has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday night’s game against the Wizards. The forward/center has missed the past 24 games because of a left ankle sprain. Starting center Dewayne Dedmon remains out with a left tibia stress reaction. Muscala has not played since Nov. 3. He appeared in the Hawks’ first nine games, including five starts, and averaged 6.6 points and 4.4...
Westbrook’s excellence key in final minutes of Hawks’ loss vs. OKC

Westbrook’s excellence key in final minutes of Hawks’ loss vs. OKC

The Thunder eventually might become a threat in the Western Conference playoffs, but so far this season beleaguered teams like the Atlanta Hawks (7-25) have excelled against OKC (17-15) as it tries to smooth out the kinks of a roster loaded with three perennial All-Stars. Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony have collectively struggled with their shooting. Friday night was no different...
No rest for weary Hawks after last-second loss

No rest for weary Hawks after last-second loss

OKLAHOMA CITY – When Atlanta (7-25) hosts Dallas (9-24) tonight at 7:30 inside Philips Arena, it will be the Hawks’ eighth game in 15 days. “It’s definitely one of those stretches when the schedule comes out … the coaching staff, everybody in the organization, you kind of circle it and know it’s going to test you and challenge you,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer...
Hawks fall on last-second shot vs. Thunder

Hawks fall on last-second shot vs. Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY – Going against reigning Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook is a tall enough task when the OKC Thunder’s opponent is completely healthy. Sporting the NBA’s worst record, an already depleted Atlanta team was without its best player in point guard Dennis Schroder on Friday night before a sellout crowd of 18,203 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Despite all this potential...
Hawks assign rookie John Collins to Erie

Hawks assign rookie John Collins to Erie

The Atlanta Hawks announced Tuesday that rookie forward/center John Collins was assigned to the Erie BayHawks, the Hawks’ NBA G League affiliate. Collins will miss his sixth consecutive game with a shoulder injury that he suffered against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 30.  Collins, who was the team’s first-round draft pick this year, selected No. 19 overall, was ruled out earlier...
Arrest made in murder of former Hawk Lorenzen Wright

Arrest made in murder of former Hawk Lorenzen Wright

An arrest and murder charge has been made in the 2010 death of former Hawks player Lorenzen Wright. Billy R. Turner was arrested in Memphis on Tuesday and the 46-year old was charged with first-degree murder. Wright’s death had been a mystery since his body was discovered in the woods outside Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after he was reported missing. He was 34. “The Lorenzen Wright...
Grant Hill has high school number - 32 - retired

Grant Hill has high school number - 32 - retired

Grant Hill went back to high school last week. For a good reason. The former college and NBA star basketball player, who also is a co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, had his high school number retired by South Lakes High in Reston, Va. on Friday. No. 32 – not the familiar No. 33 – will not be worn again by a South Lakes Seahawks basketball player. “It is both an honor and humbling to...
Babbitt, Hawks bench provide lift in win over Nets

Babbitt, Hawks bench provide lift in win over Nets

Midway through the first quarter Saturday, the Hawks were in a predictable hole. After losing two starters to injuries in a three-day span, a team that had just four wins all season found itself trailing again. But something different happened this time. The team with the reworked lineup got a boost from the bench, a deficit turned into a lead and the Hawks were able to hold onto it. They came away...
Surprise: Cavanaugh scores 16 points for Hawks

Surprise: Cavanaugh scores 16 points for Hawks

Tyler Cavanaugh couldn't lie. Even he was a bit surprised. Cavanaugh, a 6-foot-9 rookie forward out of George Washington, posted 16 points and rattled in four 3-pointers on four attempts in a coming out party against arguably the best combo of big men in the NBA, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Cavanaugh, who played for the Hawks’ summer league squad in July and in one...
Hawks’ season-best 17 3-pointers not enough

Hawks’ season-best 17 3-pointers not enough

In Atlanta’s 106-105 loss to New Orleans, the Hawks had one of their strongest offensive nights this season. Yet, it wasn’t enough. The Hawks shot the lights out in their one-point defeat at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center. Atlanta was a stellar 17-for-36 from 3-point land Monday night, scorching the Pelicans’ generous and giving perimeter defense for a season-best long-range...
Hawks lose in narrow fashion - again

Hawks lose in narrow fashion - again

The Atlanta Hawks have lost more games than anyone else in the Eastern Conference. On Monday, they added another. The latest, Atlanta’s 12th this season, was delivered by the New Orleans Pelicans 106-105 in late, dejecting, self-inflicted fashion. The 2-12 Hawks, who finished their three-game road trip to Detroit, Washington and New Orleans 0-3 and have lost four in a row. They roared to a sharp-shooting...
Wizards send Hawks to another loss

Wizards send Hawks to another loss

There would be no comeback this time for the Hawks. The Wizards ran away to a 113-94 victory on Saturday at the Capital One Center. A night after the Hawks (2-11) came back from 19 down to tie the Pistons they couldn’t mount a similar rally against the Wizards. Washington’s bench players opened the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run for an 88-67 lead and the Hawks couldn’t recover. The...
Hawks transfer Magette to G-League

Hawks transfer Magette to G-League

The Hawks transferred guard Josh Magette to the Erie BayHawks, the team’s G League affiliate, on Monday. Magette is on a two-way contract and began the season with the Hawks. He appeared in five games and totaled five points in 19 minutes. He made a 3-pointer and two free throws. He also had three assists and a rebound. Magette can be with the Hawks for a maximum of 45 days as a two-way player...
TickPick: Hawks have 10th most expensive ticket 

TickPick: Hawks have 10th most expensive ticket 

Through the first two weeks on the NBA season, the Hawks have the 10th most expensive average ticket price, according to secondary marketplace TickPick. The 1-6 Hawks, who have played two games at Philips Arena, have an average ticket price of $111.50 through Friday’s games. The Warriors have the most expensive average ticket price in the league at $243.86. Rounding out the top five are: the...
Hawks starter Ilyasova out 1-2 weeks with knee injury

Hawks starter Ilyasova out 1-2 weeks with knee injury

Hawks starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova will miss at least one to two weeks because of a bone bruise in his left knee, the team announced on Sunday. Ilyasova said he initially felt pain the knee during a game against the Nets on Oct. 22. He missed the next two games before playing against the Nuggets on Friday. An MRI performed on the knee Saturday revealed the bone bruise, the Hawks said. &ldquo...
Hawks lose to Bulls, fall to 1-4

Hawks lose to Bulls, fall to 1-4

CHICAGO — In a matchup of two teams more concerned at the moment with lottery balls than the wins column, the Hawks (1-4) came out on the losing end, falling to the Bulls 91-86 Thursday night. For a pair of teams that have emphasized ball movement over individual scoring, it wasn’t a pretty offensive affair. Both teams finished the night shooting under 40 percent from the field &mdash...
Hawks’ home opener will reveal first phase of arena makeover

Hawks’ home opener will reveal first phase of arena makeover

When Hawks fans arrive at Philips Arena for this season’s home opener Friday night, they’ll see the early results of the building’s ongoing makeover.  They’ll have to wait another year to see the full effect of the $192.5 million transformation.  For now, the most striking changes are the addition of an on-floor bar and court-side club behind one basket and the subtraction...
Hawks guard Schroder remains sidelined with injury

Hawks guard Schroder remains sidelined with injury

Hawks starting point guard Dennis Schroder will miss at least one more game because of the ankle injury he suffered Sunday. Schroder did not travel with the Hawks for their game at Chicago on Thursday. He did not play against the Heat on Monday and said he “probably” would return to the lineup for Friday’s home opener against the Nuggets. Schroder rolled his ankle while driving...
Hawks say Bembry out 4-6 weeks following wrist surgery

Hawks say Bembry out 4-6 weeks following wrist surgery

The Hawks said guard/forward DeAndre’ Bembry will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday for the right wrist fracture he sustained during the season opener.  Under that timeline, Bembry would return no sooner than the week of Nov. 19 and sit out at least 16 more games in addition to the three he’s already missed. At six weeks Bembry will have missed about 23 games...
Sneak peek of Hawks’ new practice facility

Sneak peek of Hawks’ new practice facility

The Hawks will hold their first workout in their new practice facility on Wednesday. Thanks to Marco Belinelli for the sneak peek. The guard posted several pictures of the new building on Tuesday on Twitter. The Hawks held their last practice at Philips Arena before departing on a season-opening road trip last week. The Hawks flew home from Miami after Monday’s game after four road contests...
Injured Hawks guard Schroder says he ‘probably’ will return to lineup Friday

Injured Hawks guard Schroder says he ‘probably’ will return to lineup Friday

Hawks guard Dennis Schroder said he “probably” will play Friday’s home opener against the Nuggets after suffering a sprained left ankle during the loss at Brooklyn on Sunday.  Schroder was inactive for Monday’s game against the Heat. With the Hawks playing back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday, Schroder said he would likely skip the game in Chicago on Thursday. ...
Collins notches first double-double

Collins notches first double-double

Hawks rookie John Collins notched the first double-double of his NBA career on Sunday and he hopes it's the first of many more. The 6-foot-10 rookie out of Wake Forest tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench in the Hawks' 116-104 loss at Brooklyn. "It felt good out there," said Collins, who was 5 of 11 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. "Running...
Schroder says ankle injury not serious, likely out Monday

Schroder says ankle injury not serious, likely out Monday

Dennis Schroder likely won't play in Monday's game at Miami after suffering what appeared to be a bone bruise in his left foot Sunday during the final minutes of the Hawk's 116-104 loss at Brooklyn. X-rays on Sunday revealed nothing serious, Schroder said, and he will aim to be back on the floor later this week, possibly for Thursday's game at Chicago, the final road game of a five-game swing to open...
Schroder injures ankle; Hawks lose to Nets

Schroder injures ankle; Hawks lose to Nets

The Hawks lost their point guard and then they lost a basketball game on Sunday. After Dennis Schroder went down in the final minutes with an apparent left ankle injury that required him to be helped off the floor, the Hawks lost to the Nets, 116-104, at Barclays Center to fall to 1-2 on the season. Schroder,who entered averaging 26.5 points and 6.0 assists, went for 17 points on 5 of 22 shooting...
Hawks’ Bembry suffers wrist fracture

Hawks’ Bembry suffers wrist fracture

Hawks wing player DeAndre Bembry’s bad injury luck continued Friday when a MRI revealed a fracture in his right wrist that he suffered during the first regular-season game. Bembry was scheduled to return to Atlanta after the game against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday and is to be evaluated by team physicians Monday. He said he’s not sure how long he’ll be out.  It’s...
5 of basketball’s most gruesome injuries (if you can stand to watch)

5 of basketball’s most gruesome injuries (if you can stand to watch)

Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury on the NBA’s opening night. Less than six minutes into the game, the guard jump toward the basket for an alley-oop that went tragically wrong. Hayward’s foot landed at a 90 degree angle from his leg. Players and fans in the stands turned away in angst. TV cameras recorded the action, before he was taken off the floor in...
Gordon Hayward diagnosed with ankle fracture in Celtics opener

Gordon Hayward diagnosed with ankle fracture in Celtics opener

The Boston Celtics opened the NBA season Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in his first game with the Celtics, small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury. The broadcast noted Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle. Hayward was cutting along the baseline when he jumped for an alley-oop and fell to the floor with his leg bent underneath...
Schroder faces discipline from Hawks after arrest

Schroder faces discipline from Hawks after arrest

The Hawks said guard Dennis Schroder will face future disciplinary action from the team following his arrest last month on a misdemeanor battery charge. In a statement released by the team on Monday, general manager Travis Schlenk said the team will let the legal process play out in Schroder’s case before making a final decision on discipline. Schlenk said the team’s preliminary investigation...
Hawks make roster moves

Hawks make roster moves

The Hawks on Friday waived Quinn Cook, Tyler Cavanaugh and Jeremy Evans.  The team’s roster now stands at 14 players, one less than the maximum. That doesn’t include Josh Magette, who is on a “two-way” contract that allows a maximum of 45 days on the NBA roster with the balance of the season spent at the team’s G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa.  The Hawks also...
‘Hungry’ Hawks thinking playoffs, not lottery

‘Hungry’ Hawks thinking playoffs, not lottery

The Hawks have no All-Star players. The veterans added since last season are either no longer full-time NBA starters or never were. First-year general manager Travis Schlenk has promised that the Hawks will be competitive but will “live with the results” as they build for the future. Those are among the reasons why statistical projections, NBA pundits and betting markets all expect the...
Hawks center Plumlee out another 2-3 weeks with injury

Hawks center Plumlee out another 2-3 weeks with injury

The Hawks said center Miles Plumlee will miss another two to three weeks because of a right quad injury. The injury forced Plumlee to leave the first exhibition game on Oct. 1 and he missed the next three games. The center wasn’t listed on the injury report before the Hawks played the Grizzlies on Monday but also didn’t play in that game.  Plumlee, 29, doesn’t project to be...
NBA great and former Hawks player Connie Hawkins dies

NBA great and former Hawks player Connie Hawkins dies

Connie Hawkins, basketball's dazzling schoolyard legend who soared and swooped his way to the Hall of Fame, has died at 75. His death was announced Saturday by the Phoenix Suns, the team with which he spent his most productive NBA seasons. The Suns told The Associated Press they confirmed the death with his family but did not disclose details. Hawkins finished his career playing for the Hawks in the...
NBA changes format of All-Star Game to player draft

NBA changes format of All-Star Game to player draft

Are you ready for an NBA All-Star Game draft? It’s happening. The NBA announced a drastic new format to the All-Star Game on Tuesday that eliminates the Eastern versus Western Conferences matchup. The game, to played in Los Angeles this season, will feature two captains who will draft teams from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves without regard for conference affiliation. The captains...
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