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Ten observations from Hawks loss to Bulls

Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) battles Chicago Bulls forward Denzel Valentine (45) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Ten observations from Bulls 113, Hawks 97 . . .  1. At least the Hawks’ throwback unis looked pretty cool. The rest of the day was ugly for the...


Rookie road finally leads to playing time for Hawks’ Tyler Dorsey

Rookie road finally leads to playing time for Hawks’ Tyler Dorsey

Tyler Dorsey went from being a star for Oregon during its run to the NCAA Final Four to a spot on the end of the Hawks bench with a frequent-flyer card to Erie, Pa. Welcome to the NBA, rook. As has been the Hawks’ way under coach Mike Budenholzer, most rookies have been brought along slowly, with time to learn the NBA game and develop trust. Take Taurean Prince, a first-pick in 2016 who spent...
With Hawks, Dedmon shows he can be more than NBA backup

With Hawks, Dedmon shows he can be more than NBA backup

(AP Photo) By now it’s obvious that Dewayne Dedmon is a legitimate NBA center. He’d established himself as a rotation player at Orlando and San Antonio but, given a bigger role with the Hawks, he’s shown that he can be more than that. Dedmon’s signing last summer gave the Hawks a respectable veteran big man for their transition to rebuilding. It provided ...
Hawks sign Andrew White to two-way deal

Hawks sign Andrew White to two-way deal

The Hawks signed forward Andrew White III to a two-way contract on Monday. White’s contract allows for a limited number of days with the Hawks, with the balance of time spent at their G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. He will report to Erie. White, 24, wasn’t selected in the 2017 draft out of Syracuse (he also played at Kansas and Nebraska). White played 24 games this season for Maine of...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Spurs

Ten observations from Hawks victory over Spurs

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 102, Spurs 99. . .  1. The Hawks trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. They got within four at halftime and took a 57-55 lead in the third quarter, their first advantage since 33-32, and were up 89-85 with less than five minutes to go.  They held on for the victory with good defense, strong rebounding and three baskets...
Winning plays: Close but few victory cigars for Hawks

Winning plays: Close but few victory cigars for Hawks

Paul Millsap isn’t walking through that door. Unlike recent seasons, the Hawks don’t have a veteran go-to player to take over down the stretch with the game on the line. Veteran players like Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and Millsap are long gone. The search for their replacements is currently ongoing. This young Hawks team is seeking the next player who can take over when it counts...
Hawks notes: Belinelli likely to return versus Spurs

Hawks notes: Belinelli likely to return versus Spurs

The Hawks listed Marco Belinelli as questionable for Monday afternoon’s home game against the Spurs. However, coach Mike Budenholzer expects the reserve shooting guard to play. “I would be surprised if he didn’t play tomorrow,” Budenholzer said after practice Sunday afternoon. Belinelli missed the Hawks’ loss to the Nets on Friday night with a left ankle sprain. It was...
Observations from the Hawks’ 110-105 loss to the Nets

Observations from the Hawks’ 110-105 loss to the Nets

Even behind a career-high of 34 points by Dennis Schroder, the Atlanta Hawks lost their fourth and final game of the season against the Brooklyn Nets 110-105.  Here are a few observations from the win/loss: The Hawks (11-31) led 105-104 with just over a minute remaining on Friday when Kent Bazemore stole the ball from Nets’ Quincy Acy and drove down the floor. Schroder, who had the...
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...
Game Preview: Nets at Hawks

Game Preview: Nets at Hawks

When/where: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Starters: Hawks: Ersan Ilyasova, Taurean Prince, Miles Plumlee, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore Nets: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tyler Zeler, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeMarre Carroll, Allen Crabbe Inactives:  Hawks:  Dewayne Dedmon (left tibia stress reaction), Mike Muscala (sprained...
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...
Delaney helps Hawks finish off Nuggets

Delaney helps Hawks finish off Nuggets

DENVER – Malcolm Delaney knew the surge was coming. He also knew he had to do something about it. The Hawks had led the Nuggets for all but a few minutes Wednesday night. But as the third quarter crept to a close, the momentum was creeping toward the Nuggets. Gary Harris, quickly becoming one of the best young guards in the NBA, couldn’t miss. He scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in...
Hawks’ defense clamps down on Nuggets’ Jokic

Hawks’ defense clamps down on Nuggets’ Jokic

DENVER – Surely, the 6-foot-10 big man nicknamed The Joker was going to have reason to smile at some point Wednesday night. After all, Nikola Jokic, the third-year center for the Nuggets, is one of the NBA’s rising stars in no small part because of a shooting touch that allows him to score from nearly every spot – and every angle – on a basketball court. But some combination...
Hawks earn rare road win, beat Nuggets

Hawks earn rare road win, beat Nuggets

DENVER – The architects of this season’s NBA schedule punctuated a trying West Coast swing for the Hawks with a cruel final destination. Atlanta finally concluded its nine-day, five-game road trip Wednesday night at 5,280 feet above sea level, a figure that serves as a warning sign posted anywhere you look inside the Pepsi Center. After suffering two heartbreaking, one-point losses on...
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...
Twitter reacts: Georgia blows big lead, Alabama wins national championship

Twitter reacts: Georgia blows big lead, Alabama wins national championship

Monday night was one to remember. Well, maybe not if you’re a Georgia fan. After going up 20-7 in the third quarter, Georgia gave up 13 unanswered points so Alabama could force overtime. Crimson Tide freshman quarterback – and now hero – Tua Tagovailoa won the game with a 41-yard touchdown pass, making Alabama the national champion for the fifth time in nine years. Alabama fans celebrated...
In string of losses, latest ‘kinda stings’

In string of losses, latest ‘kinda stings’

The losses mount, one heavy defeat after another. The NBA season is not quite to its halfway point and already the Hawks find themselves 20 games under .500. Some defeats wound a tad more than other, ones like the Hawks’ 108-107 loss to the depleted Clippers Monday on a last-second 3-pointer by a relatively anonymous rookie. The Hawks fell to 10-30 on the season, the league’s worst record...
Hawks’ road woes continue with another loss 

Hawks’ road woes continue with another loss 

The road is hardly a friendly place for any NBA team, but when you’re burdened with the league’s worst record, it can be absolutely nightmarish. The Hawks went into their game Monday against a heavily injured Clippers team as owners of a 3-18 road record. And then fell by 15 in the second quarter. They battled back and led by as many as seven in the fourth quarter only to suffer yet one...
Dedmon returns after missing six weeks with leg injury

Dedmon returns after missing six weeks with leg injury

It had not been a typical NBA journey for Dewayne Dedmon. Not unless you count a wealth of 10-day contracts and playing in development leagues and bouncing around between five different teams in as many years. But the 7-foot Dedmon appeared to have found a home after signing in the offseason with the Hawks. Twenty games in – all starts at center – he was averaging career-highs in points...
Prince’s dislocated finger sore but hopes to play Monday

Prince’s dislocated finger sore but hopes to play Monday

Taurean Prince looked at his right ring finger and shrugged. What was there to really say? “It’s a little sore,” Prince said. “But I’ll be ready (Monday).” Prince dislocated the finger in the middle of the first quarter Sunday in the Hawks’ crushing 132-113 loss to the Lakers. At that time, the Hawks were up 15-12. He had the finger treated in the locker room...
On this night, speed killed the Hawks

On this night, speed killed the Hawks

So maybe speed does kill, but does it have to happen over and over? The Hawks were left dizzy by an unlikely source Sunday night – the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, then owners of a dismal nine-game losing streak. The Lakers ran and ran, and kept at it until they had run the Hawks right out of Staples Center, handing them their worst defeat of the season, 132-113. “They did a great job...
Lakers down Hawks in battle of NBA’s worst records

Lakers down Hawks in battle of NBA’s worst records

When the teams with the two worst records in the NBA met, something had to give. Alas, for the Hawks, it was them. Doomed by an abysmal start to the second quarter, the Hawks fell 132-113 Sunday to a Lakers team that had lost its last nine consecutive games. Which left the Lakers 12-27 on the season, to the Hawks’ 10-29. The Hawks could do little right to open the second quarter, getting outscored...
Football stars align: Atlanta revels with UGA in championship game

Football stars align: Atlanta revels with UGA in championship game

Dennis Adamovich hasn’t slept much in recent days and isn’t planning to rest until at least the end of the month. So is the life of the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was running around the increasingly busy downtown facility, monitoring at least two television and radio shows being broadcast live from the campus. “This is a great way to end the season...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Lakers

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Lakers

(AP Photo) Ten observations from sitting on my couch and watching Lakers 132, Hawks 113. . . . 1. The Hawks suffered back-to-back blowout losses for the first time this season. After turnovers doomed them in Portland, poor transition defense buried them in the first half in Los Angeles. The Lakers are a young, quick team throughout the roster and the Hawks are not. The Lakers...
Hawks rookie Dorsey scores 8 in return to Oregon

Hawks rookie Dorsey scores 8 in return to Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s been a season of dealing with circumstances for seldom-used Hawks rookie Tyler Dorsey.  But Friday night stoked the old feelings of glory he once had not too far from the Moda Center, getting to play in his “second home,” in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.   It was a rough night for the Hawks, losing by 21 points and trailing by as...
Hawks’ Muscala happy to have jitters again

Hawks’ Muscala happy to have jitters again

PORTLAND, Ore. – Although Mike Muscala only played eight minutes and didn’t score a point, it was a big night for him.  Muscala played in his first NBA game since Nov. 3 after suffering an ankle injury in the first few weeks of the season. After a few stints in the G League, Muscala was available for the first time since then.   Even though the Hawks were down by 20-plus...
Hawks misfire early and often in loss to Portland

Hawks misfire early and often in loss to Portland

Portland, Ore. – Dennis Schroeder led the Hawks with 14 points but Atlanta shot below 40 percent as a team in a 110-89 blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night.  Schroeder struggled going 5-of-14 from the field and the Hawks had 16 turnovers leading to 22 Blazers points.   Portland’s CJ McCollum led all scorers with 20 points to go along with six assists. ...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Blazers

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Blazers

(AP Photo)   Ten observations from sitting on my couch and watching Blazers 110, Hawks 89. . . 1. Fox Sports Southeast sideline reporter Andre Aldridge said Hawks players were perturbed because the Blazers were so incredulous about their loss in Atlanta last weekend. If the Hawks were motivated by that it didn’t show. 2. The Hawks rallied to make it a game...
Hawks draft prospect watch: Bruce Brown Jr., U. Miami

Hawks draft prospect watch: Bruce Brown Jr., U. Miami

(AP Photo) 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 collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own the lottery-protected, first-round picks for those two teams via trades. This is the second of my occasional reports on prospects expected to be selected...
Remarkable journey: This wasn’t the plan, but Tyler Cavanaugh is already in the NBA

Remarkable journey: This wasn’t the plan, but Tyler Cavanaugh is already in the NBA

Tyler Cavanaugh had his return plane ticket in hand. The Hawks forward was to play his fifth NBA game as an emergency call-up in New Orleans and then return to the G League affiliate in Erie, Pa. Cavanaugh never boarded that flight.  After a 16-point, six-rebound performance, that included shooting 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from 3-point range Nov. 11, the Hawks began making plans to keep...
Hawks draft prospect watch: Lonnie Walker, U. Miami

Hawks draft prospect watch: Lonnie Walker, U. Miami

Miami guard Lonnie Walker defends against Tech’s Brandon Alston. (AP Photo) 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 collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own the lottery-protected, first-round picks for those two teams via trades.  ...
Hawks’ Prince ‘always’ has confidence in 3-point shot

Hawks’ Prince ‘always’ has confidence in 3-point shot

Taurean Prince lined up a 3-pointer and hit - nothing. Air ball. The Hawks forward took six more long-range attempts and on four hit - nothing but net. Swish. Prince made 4 of 7 3-pointers in last week’s home game against the Trail Blazers, despite the inauspicious start, to continue the upward trend of his 3-point shooting in his second NBA season. That Prince was undeterred after the game&rsquo...
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 blow late 8-point lead in loss to Suns

Hawks blow late 8-point lead in loss to Suns

PHOENIX – Just on the verge of victory, the Hawks blew an eight-point lead in the final minute and a half and dropped a 104-103 decision to the Suns Tuesday night. The Hawks opened a five-game western swing with a meltdown in the final seconds. The game winner came when Devon Booker was fouled attempting to shoot a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining. He calmly hit three in a row and then sank...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Suns

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Suns

(AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Suns 104, Hawks 103 on TV . . . 1. The Hawks seemed on their way to a good start to the West trip before blowing a 12-point lead over the final five minutes. Hawks miscues included two missed free throws by Miles Plumlee, a charging foul against Dennis Schroder and an inexplicable foul on Kent Bazemore against Devin Booker on a three-point...
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...
Observations from the Hawks’ 104-89 win over the Trail Blazers

Observations from the Hawks’ 104-89 win over the Trail Blazers

The Atlanta Hawks trailed the Portland Trail Blazers by 11 in the first half of Saturday’s game, but rallied to win their third-straight home game, 105-89. Here are a few things to know about the win: Due to a right hamstring injury, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard missed his fourth-straight game on Saturday against the Hawks. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said before the game the...
Game Preview: Trail Blazers at Hawks

Game Preview: Trail Blazers at Hawks

When/where: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Starters: Hawks: Ersan Ilyasova, Taurean Prince, Miles Plumlee, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore. Trail Blazers: Al-Farouq Aminu, Jusuf Nurkic, Shabazz Napier, Evan Turner and C.J. McCollum. Inactives:  For the Hawks, Dennis Schröder (left quad contusion) is listed as...
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...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Mavericks

Ten observations from Hawks victory over Mavericks

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 112, Mavericks 107. . .  1. The Hawks held on to win on a night when Dennis Schroder carried them offensively: 33 points on 22 shots, including 4-for-8 on three-pointers. Schroder’s three-pointer with 1:21 to go put the Hawks up for good, and he rallied them with 12 points on five shots in the third quarter. 2. Schroder takes...
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...
Game preview: Hawks at Thunder

Game preview: Hawks at Thunder

Thunder star Russell Westrbook is averaging 23.3 points, 9.7 assists and 9.5 rebounds per game. (AP Photo) When/where: 8 p.m. today, Chesapeake Energy Center TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) is out; Dennis Schroder (ankle) is questionable; Mike Muscala (ankle) in on rehab assignment at G-League affiliate...
ESPN: Hawks’ John Collins is fifth-best rookie

ESPN: Hawks’ John Collins is fifth-best rookie

John Collins is rising up in the rookie rankings. (AP Photo) Hawks rookie John Collins wasn’t a lottery pick and he’s playing 22.9 minutes per game for the team with the worst record in the NBA. Those factors mean Collins typically isn’t included among the national discussions about the league’s top rookies but ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton ...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Pacers

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Pacers

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Pacers 105, Hawks 95 . . .  1. The Hawks failed to win consecutive games for the first time this season in large part because they couldn’t get stops after halftime. It’s not as if they were the victim of  crazy shot-making by the Pacers, who got all the open looks they wanted after while playing small and fast lineups...
Game preview: Pacers at Hawks

Game preview: Pacers at Hawks

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo ranks 1oth in the NBA in scoring average. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) is out; Mike Muscala (ankle) in on rehab assignment at G-League affiliate Erie. Pacers—Glenn Robinson III (ankle) and Edmon Sumner...
Big improvement on 3-point shot puts Hawks’ Prince among NBA’s best

Big improvement on 3-point shot puts Hawks’ Prince among NBA’s best

Hawks forward Taurean Prince ranks 18th in three-point percentage. (Photo by Branden Camp) Taurean Prince is shooting 43.3 percent on three-pointers this season to rank 18 th among qualified NBA players. Look at the other 19 players in the top 20 and you’ll see that Prince is third-youngest on the list behind rookies Jayson Tatum and OG Anunoby. Among the...
Why aren’t the Hawks better defensively?

Why aren’t the Hawks better defensively?

Mike Budenholzer’s Hawks teams have never finished a season ranked worse than 14th in defensive efficiency. (AP Photo) I thought the Hawks would be a solid defensive team this season even if they didn’t win many games. I was wrong (about the defense, not the lack of Ws). It would be difficult for the Hawks to be as good defensively this season...
WATCH: Kent Bazemore’s big plays lift Hawks over Heat

WATCH: Kent Bazemore’s big plays lift Hawks over Heat

  Hawks guard Kent Bazemore talks about his winning plays against the Heat on Monday night. I mean, he wasn't going to Baze less now, was he? pic.twitter.com/xP3Xn5NWBx — FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 19, 2017   Hawks guard Kent Bazemore scores over Tyler Johnson. (AP Photo)     Related headlines...
Game preview: Heat at Hawks

Game preview: Heat at Hawks

Heat guard Goran Dragic (elbow) is questionable to play. (AP Photo) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: V103 Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) and John Collins (shoulder) are probable. Heat—Hassan Whiteside (knee), James Johnson (ankle), Rodney McGruder (leg) and Okaro...
NBA mock drafts: Will Hawks take Duke star Bagley?

NBA mock drafts: Will Hawks take Duke star Bagley?

Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) The Hawks have the worst record in the NBA. If the Hawks finish last—and FiveThirtyEight.com’s most recent projection says they will—they’ll have the best odds to win the No. 1 pick and would be no worse than fourth in the order. The Hawks also own the rights to first-round picks...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Grizzlies

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Grizzlies

(AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Hawks 96, Grizzlies 94 on my couch. . . 1. The Hawks led by seven at halftime in spite of some shaky play. They appeared to take control with a third-quarter run led by Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince. But the Grizzlies rallied with shot-making and the Hawks couldn’t finish at the end. With 13 seconds left...
Game preview: Hawks at Grizzlies

Game preview: Hawks at Grizzlies

Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies are scuffling. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) When/where: 8 p.m. today, FedEx Forum TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) and John Collins (shoulder) are probable. Grizzlies—Mike Conley (Achilles), Wayne Selden Jr. (quad)...
NBA draft lottery watch: Hawks lead race for top odds as Bulls surge

NBA draft lottery watch: Hawks lead race for top odds as Bulls surge

(AP Photo) 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 ...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Pistons

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Pistons

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Pistons 105, Hawks 91 . . .  1. The Pistons came to Atlanta highly motivated to end their seven-game losing streak, with coach Stan Van Gundy tweaking his rotation and offensive strategies. The result, after a slow start, was a total domination of the Hawks. The Pistons made the Hawks look slow while moving with purpose offensively and...
Game preview: Pistons at Hawks

Game preview: Pistons at Hawks

Pistons center Andre Drummond had 20 rebounds in a victory against the Hawks last month. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) and John Collins (shoulder) are probable. Pistons&mdash...
Hawks wing Prince on NBA Year 2: ‘I’ve got a long way to go’

Hawks wing Prince on NBA Year 2: ‘I’ve got a long way to go’

(AP Photo) Unless the Rockets and Timberwolves collapse this season, the Hawks will have (at least) three first-round picks in the 2018 draft, including what’s likely to be their own selection in the lottery. If LeBron James stays in Cleveland, the Hawks almost certainly will have an extra first-round pick in the 2019 draft. With those five “swings of the bat...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Cavs

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Cavs

(AP Photo) CLEVELAND– Ten observations from Cavs 123, Hawks 114.  1. When the Hawks won here earlier this season they did so in large part by playing faster than the Cavaliers from the start, and Cleveland didn’t respond until late. But that was back when Cleveland looked old and slow, and LeBron James didn’t seem to have much interest in...
Game preview: Hawks at Cavs

Game preview: Hawks at Cavs

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)   When/where: 7 p.m. today, Quicken Loans Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— John Collins (shoulder), Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) is probable. Cavs—Derrick Rose (ankle), Iman Shumpert (knee) and Isaiah Thomas (hip) are out; Tristan Thompson...
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...
I don’t get why Hawks coach Budenholzer benched Schroder

I don’t get why Hawks coach Budenholzer benched Schroder

Hawks guard Dennis Schroder and coach Mike Budenholzer during happier times. (AP Photo) NEW YORK–Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer benched Dennis Schroder for the final eight-plus minutes against the Knicks last night. I watched a replay of the fourth quarter and I still don’t get it. After the game, Budenholzer essentially said he just liked the group he had on the floor. He also...
Game preview: Hawks at Knicks

Game preview: Hawks at Knicks

Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis lost to Lauri Markkanen and the Bulls on Saturday. (AP Photo) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Madison Square Garden TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— John Collins (shoulder), Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) is probable. Knicks—Tim Hardaway Jr. (Jonathan Isaac (ankle)...
NBA draft lottery watch: Bulls gain separation from Hawks

NBA draft lottery watch: Bulls gain separation from Hawks

Nikola Mirotic is set to return for the Bulls but it probably won’t help much. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) 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...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Magic

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Magic

(AP Photo) ORLANDO–Ten observations from Magic 110, Hawks 106 (overtime) . . . 1. This was a good effort by the Hawks after the dispiriting home loss to the Nets on Monday but they faded in the fourth quarter and overtime, with turnovers and missed shots around the basket at the main culprits. Kent Bazemore made a three to put the Hawks up 95-93 with 1:33 to go but it...
Game preview: Hawks at Magic

Game preview: Hawks at Magic

Aaron Gordon leads the Magic in scoring at 18.4 points per game. (AP Photo) When/where: 7 p.m. today, Amway Center TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— John Collins (shoulder), Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) is probable. Magic—Jonathan Isaac (ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee/leg) are out. What...
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...
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