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Atlanta Hawks


NBA: Millsap fouled by Gortat on late drive

Paul Millsap fell to the floor with his arms raised and pleaded for a foul call that never came. It should have. The NBA released its Last Two Minutes report from the Hawks loss to the Wizards Wednesday night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series. It found three incorrect calls, including a missed foul on Millsap with 41.3 seconds remaining. With the Hawks trailing by four...


Time set for Game 6 of Hawks-Wizards series

Time set for Game 6 of Hawks-Wizards series

Game 6 of the Hawks-Wizards Eastern Conference playoff series will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the NBA announced Tuesday night. The game, to be played at Philips Arena, will be televised by ESPNU and NBA TV. The first-round series is tied 2-2 going into Game 5 tonight in Washington, D.C. If necessary, Game 7 will be played in Washington on Sunday. Time and network are to be announced.
Ressler won’t second-guess contracts of Howard, Bazemore

Ressler won’t second-guess contracts of Howard, Bazemore

This summer, the Hawks committed $140 million to Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore. Principal owner Tony Ressler is not about to second-guess those sizeable contracts, though they have been the subject of much fan angst during an up-and-down season and even now during the Hawks’ playoff run. The Hawks evened their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals playoff series against the Wizards...
Hawks’ Budenholzer has reaffirmed the obvious: He can coach

Hawks’ Budenholzer has reaffirmed the obvious: He can coach

For anybody who is wondering how the Hawks have gone from playoff flat-lined to tied 2-2 in their series with the Washington Wizards, here are the three most pertinent metrics: Turnovers: They committed 39 in the first two games, but only 24 in the next two (points-off-turnovers differential: 15). Three-point shooting: They made only 11 in the first two games, but 21 in the next two (point differential...
Why traffic to Atlanta Hawks game Friday could be far worse than usual 

Why traffic to Atlanta Hawks game Friday could be far worse than usual 

Update:    If necessary, Game 7 will be played in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Time and network are to be announced. Grappling with game day traffic is rarely a breeze for Atlanta Hawks fans heading to Philips Arena (though later start times this season seemed to help). But Friday could present particularly bad traffic conditions because President Donald Trump will be addressing...
Hawks owe Warriors thank you after Calderon stepped up big in Game 4

Hawks owe Warriors thank you after Calderon stepped up big in Game 4

The letter may already be in the mail. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer joked he might need to send a thank-you note to the Warriors for the circumstances that landed Jose Calderon in Atlanta. In the most poignant moments of the veteran point guard’s eight weeks with the team, Calderon provided a spark and quality minutes in the Hawks’ 111-101 win over the Wizards in Monday night’s Game...
Time set for Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards

Time set for Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The game time was set after the Warriors swept the Trail Blazers to end their series Monday night. The Hawks and Wizards will be the first game of a TNT double-header to be followed by Game 5 of the Bulls-Celtics series at 8:30 p.m. With the Hawks and Wizards...
How the Hawks’ confidence remained with series-tying win over Wizards

How the Hawks’ confidence remained with series-tying win over Wizards

Five observations from the Hawks’ 111-101 victory over the Wizards in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday. 1. The Hawks were still in a must-win situation. They did not want to return to Washington, D.C. down 3-1 with the Wizards on the verge of clinching the series. Now, it’s the best of three. “This game was very important for us,” Dwight...
Inside the box score: Hawks 111, Wizards 101

Inside the box score: Hawks 111, Wizards 101

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 111-101 victory over the Wizards in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday. Key players * Dwight Howard had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks. * Jose Calderon came off the bench with Dennis Schroder in foul trouble and had 10 points and five assists and was a plus-29 in...
The Hawks pull even, but it feels like they’re ahead

The Hawks pull even, but it feels like they’re ahead

Long ago, Red Holzman, then the New York Knicks’ coach, offered this pearl of wisdom to Larry Merchant, then a writer for the New York Post: “The odd-numbered games of a series are important; the even-numbered games are critical.” Game 4 of Hawks-Wizards met the criterion for critical, and darned if it didn’t feel fairly eventful. The Hawks could have lost big but won 111-101...
Hawks rally to even series with Wizards

Hawks rally to even series with Wizards

Who’s crying now? The Hawks protected home court for a second consecutive game for a 111-101 victory against the Washington Wizards in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday at Philips Arena. The series is tied at 2 and moves back to Washington, D.C., for Game 5 on Wednesday. There will be a Game 6 at Philips Arena on Friday. The Hawks went on a 14-5 fourth quarter...
It’s playoff time, and Dwight Howard has had little effect

It’s playoff time, and Dwight Howard has had little effect

The surprise wasn’t that the Hawks trailed the Wizards 2-1 heading into Monday’s Game 4 of Round 1. The Wiz were the higher seed; they’re supposed to be leading. Nor was it shocking that Paul Millsap, the most circumspect of souls, had gotten dragged into a spitting fight (minus the actual spittle) with Markieff Morris. These are the playoffs. Stuff happens. What should have been...
Hawks notes: Schroder wants to work with Wall in offseason

Hawks notes: Schroder wants to work with Wall in offseason

Dennis Schroder and John Wall have done plenty of on-court trash talking during the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards. Schroder hopes there will be more civil dialog following the season. The Hawks young point guard said he has learned a lot from his All-Star Wizards counterpart and would like to continue to do so this summer. Schroder said he has approached...
Amidst war of words, Millsap enjoying every minute of playoff series

Amidst war of words, Millsap enjoying every minute of playoff series

Paul Millsap is having fun. Despite being called a crybaby. The Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards has featured one dramatic turn after another. It’s enough to make the most ardent soap opera viewer jealous. The NBA postseason often features physical battles and increased trash talk but this series has reached another level. Millsap has been at the center...
Ressler says ‘every effort imaginable’ to keep Millsap

Ressler says ‘every effort imaginable’ to keep Millsap

Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler says has every intention of re-signing Paul Millsap. The team held on to their four-time All-Star at the NBA trade deadline despite a swing of strategy that went from just listening to potential offers to actively pursuing a deal before pulling him off the trade block altogether. Ressler said a deal seeking his final approval to trade Millsap never reached his desk...
How the Hawks got a must-win despite ‘crybaby’ accusations

How the Hawks got a must-win despite ‘crybaby’ accusations

Five observations from the Hawks’ 116-98 victory over the Wizards in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Saturday. 1. It’s personal now. The playoff series has been chippy from the start. Paul Millsap said the Wizards were playing Mixed Martial Arts after Game 1. The war of words escalated from there. Millsap and the Wizards’ Markieff Morris have been at the...
Inside the box score: Hawks 116, Wizards 98

Inside the box score: Hawks 116, Wizards 98

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 116-98 victory over the Wizards in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Saturday: Key players * Paul Millsap had 29 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal to lead the Hawks. * Dennis Schroder had 27 points, 20 in the first half, and nine assists for the Hawks * John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points and seven assists...
The Hawks hit back, which means this is now a series

The Hawks hit back, which means this is now a series

There never was a reason this shouldn’t be a series. These were the Wizards, for Pete’s sake, not the Warriors or the LeBrons. They’re a No. 4 seed with no 21st Century history of significant playoff achievement. We know the Hawks aren’t great, but the Wizards aren’t either. And yet: After two games, Washington was halfway to Round 2 and acting sassy. Update: After three...
Hawks back in series with wire-to-wire win in Game 3

Hawks back in series with wire-to-wire win in Game 3

Wire to wire. The Hawks find themselves back in their playoff series with the Wizards. Just like that. The Hawks led by as many as 25 points en route to a 116-98 victory in the Eastern Conference first-round series Saturday at sold-out Philips Arena. The Wizards lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 at Philips Arena at 8 p.m. Monday. Paul Millsap spoke loudly — with his play. The Hawks&rsquo...
Hawks notes: Schroder fighting urge to trash talk

Hawks notes: Schroder fighting urge to trash talk

There is a war of words going on between point guards in the series and Dennis Schroder is right in the middle of it. The Wizards’ John Wall and Schroder have been seen exchanging words throughout the first two games of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Schroder said it’s just a part of the game — especially his game. “He talking,” Schroder said. &ldquo...
Hawks’ Ressler says he makes final decisions, confident in front office

Hawks’ Ressler says he makes final decisions, confident in front office

Tony Ressler walked into the interview as he would walk into any business meeting — prepared, confident and holding a yellow legal pad with a page full of notes. It’s the two-year anniversary of Ressler’s purchase of the Hawks and not everything is moving along to his satisfaction. The team’s win total has dropped each of the past two seasons, and it lost the first two games...
Ressler: No changes to Hawks’ front-office structure

Ressler: No changes to Hawks’ front-office structure

Tony Ressler doesn’t foresee changes to the Hawks’ front office despite a win total that has decreased in each of the two seasons that he has owned the team and set up the current hierarchy. He likes how the team is positioned and its future despite his frustration with the regression. The Hawks principal owner spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday about a number of issues...
Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards at either 6 or 7 p.m.

Game 5 of Hawks-Wizards at either 6 or 7 p.m.

If Game 5 is necessary in the Hawks playoff series against the Wizards it will tip off at either 6 or 7 p.m. Wednesday. The NBA released Game 5 scenarios Friday night. Those including a Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards are as follows: * If Game 5’s are necessary in the Hawks-Wizards and the Warriors-Trail Blazers series then the Hawks...
Hawks will look to precision of MMA as playoffs continue

Hawks will look to precision of MMA as playoffs continue

The Mixed Martial Arts series continues Saturday. Dwight Howard has a different view of the MMA talk that has dominated the early play of the Eastern Conference first-round series between the Hawks and the Wizards. The Hawks center has no issue with the physical nature of the series, but he said his team can take a lesson from the strategy of the combat style. “When you talk about MMA fighters...
In predicament, Millsap sees playoff series 0-0 as Hawks return home

In predicament, Millsap sees playoff series 0-0 as Hawks return home

No doubt, the Hawks are in a predicament. They trail their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Wizards after dropping the first two games in Washington, D.C. Paul Millsap doesn’t see it that way. “They have home-court advantage,” Millsap said after the Hawks dropped a 109-101 decision in Game 2 on Wednesday. “They played off of that. To us...
How a late-game meltdown cost the Hawks a chance to steal a victory

How a late-game meltdown cost the Hawks a chance to steal a victory

Five observations from the Hawks’ 109-101 loss to the Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. 1. They Hawks dug themselves out of a double-digit hole in the second half with a strong third quarter. They played a close back-and-forth game and led by three points, 94-91, with 5:05 remaining. And then the offense turned ugly. In the next four and a half minutes,...
Inside the box score: Wizards 109, Hawks 101

Inside the box score: Wizards 109, Hawks 101

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 109-101 loss to the Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday: Key players * John Wall did it again as he led the Wizards with a game-high 32 points. He had 32 points in Game 1. * Paul Millsap led the Hawks with a team-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. He had 14 third-quarter points. * Markieff Morris had just three...
Hawks falter late in losing Game 2 to Wizards (updated)

Hawks falter late in losing Game 2 to Wizards (updated)

Another painful lesson for the Hawks. The Wizards used a 16-4 run late in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind playoff victory over the Hawks. The Hawks lost 109-101 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday at the Verizon Center. They will leave Washington losing two games they had a chance to steal. The Wizards lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 before it returns to Atlanta...
Torpy at Large: They live/work/play but can’t sleep because of club

Torpy at Large: They live/work/play but can’t sleep because of club

For the past year, residents in the 109 units of the Peachtree Battle Condominiums have endured the “THUMP! THUMP! THUMPING!” exuberance of the dance club downstairs. DS17, the club bearing the initials and number of one of its owners, Atlanta Hawks star Dennis Schroder, is one of the newer late-night party places in Buckhead. It also continues another Buckhead tradition — a...
Hawks notes: Tiebreaker win brings No. 19 overall pick in NBA Draft

Hawks notes: Tiebreaker win brings No. 19 overall pick in NBA Draft

The Hawks were winners Tuesday. The NBA held the tiebreakers to determine the NBA Draft order, and the Hawks won against the Grizzlies and will select No. 19 in the first round. Both the Hawks and the Grizzlies finished with 43-39 records during the regular season. The Grizzlies will send the No. 20 pick to the Trail Blazers as part of an earlier trade. The Hawks also have two second-round picks....
Playoff stage not too big for Prince

Playoff stage not too big for Prince

The stage was not too big for Taurean Prince. The Hawks rookie started Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Wizards and held his own under the bright lights of the postseason. Several Hawks veterans said before the series that nothing could prepare the young player for the playoffs. It wouldn’t be like anything he encountered during the regular season. &ldquo...
Hawks notes: Video shows transition defense issues were costly

Hawks notes: Video shows transition defense issues were costly

Job No. 1 remains the same. The Hawks need to be a strong in transition defense to have a chance in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Wizards. That was not the case in the opening game. Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 54 points in a 114-107 victory Sunday afternoon. The Wizards scored 25 fastbreak points, in large part because of 21 Hawks turnovers...
Millsap: Wall and Beal, not Morris, remain focus of Hawks

Millsap: Wall and Beal, not Morris, remain focus of Hawks

Paul Millsap is not about to let Markieff Morris get in his head. The Hawks veteran power forward said he’s been around too long to let a physical battle with one player become the focus of the playoff series against the Wizards. The Wizards took Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round matchup with a 114-107 victory Sunday afternoon. The Hawks lost the game and, to a great...
Healthy Sefolosha remains out of Hawks playing rotation

Healthy Sefolosha remains out of Hawks playing rotation

Thabo Sefolosha is healthy. He said it. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer reiterated it. Despite starting at small forward for the for much of the second half of the season, Sefolosha is currently out of the Hawks’ lineup and playing rotation for the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series with the Wizards. Sefolosha did not play in Game 1 of the series. It does not appear he will play in Game...
How the Hawks let Wall get away from them in series-opening loss

How the Hawks let Wall get away from them in series-opening loss

Five observations from the Hawks’ 114-107 loss to the Wizards in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Sunday. 1. The Hawks entered the game with the No. 1 priority of stopping the Wizards in transition. They didn’t do a great job in the first half as they committed 12 turnovers and the Wizards had 17 fastbreak points. Still, the Hawks led 48-45 at intermission. The Wizards...
Inside the box score: Wizards 114, Hawks 107

Inside the box score: Wizards 114, Hawks 107

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 114-107 loss to the Wizards in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series: * John Wall led the Wizards with a game-high 32 points, his playoff career high, and 14 assists. * Markieff Morris added 21 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots for Wizards. * Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 25 points, nine assists and just two turnovers...
Hawks fall in series opener with Wizards ‘playing MMA’ (updated)

Hawks fall in series opener with Wizards ‘playing MMA’ (updated)

The playoffs have begun. Make no mistake. In a physical game – with plenty of heated words exchanged – the Hawks took one punch from the Wizards. But not two. The Wizards grabbed control of a game they led early with a strong third quarter. The result was a 114-107 victory over the Hawks in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Sunday afternoon at the...
Hawks notes: Big stage awaits rookie Prince

Hawks notes: Big stage awaits rookie Prince

Taurean Prince will be making his 11th NBA start Sunday. This one will be different. Much different. Prince will remain in the starting lineup as the Hawks play at the Wizards in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The rookie took over the starting assignment when Thabo Sefolosha went out with a right groin strain. Sefolosha played in the final two regular-season games upon his return...
Hawks are in playoffs and few seem to care — that’s a problem

Hawks are in playoffs and few seem to care — that’s a problem

The Hawks open the playoffs Sunday. This is not breaking news. It’s just the news so few seem to care about. That can be confirmed by the thousands of empty seats in Philips Arena, the continuing struggle for attention in a hard-to-please pro-sports town — except when there’s a new stadium on display — and the fact that a 60-win season and run to the NBA Eastern Conference...
Hawks-Wizards: Position-by-position breakdown

Hawks-Wizards: Position-by-position breakdown

A look at the matchups in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the No. 4-seed Wizards and the No. 5 Hawks: POINT GUARD The Wizards have the advantage here in All-Star John Wall. The Hawks have to stay close in this backcourt matchup to take advantage of their edge in the frontcourt. Dennis Schroder had 22 turnovers in four games against the Wizards in the regular season. He will...
Millsap gets angry, Hawks respond to roll into postseason

Millsap gets angry, Hawks respond to roll into postseason

Paul Millsap was angry. His teammates used a different adjective to describe the mood of the power forward as he watched the Hawks endure a seven-game losing streak that began in mid-March and threatened their playoff chances. Millsap was sidelined eight games with synovitis in his left knee, during which the Hawks were 2-6. All of a sudden, the postseason was not assured. “Paul starting speaking...
Hawks-Wizards season series recap

Hawks-Wizards season series recap

The Wizards won the regular-season series with the Hawks, 3-1. Here’s a recap of how it happened: Hawks 114, Wizards 99: The Hawks opened the 2016-17 season with a home victory on Oct. 27 at Philips Arena. They used a 20-4 run to start the fourth quarter to pull away for the win. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with a game-high 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block. Dwight Howard had...
Hawks keep Hardaway Jr., Prince in starting lineup entering playoffs

Hawks keep Hardaway Jr., Prince in starting lineup entering playoffs

It’s the playoffs. Dwight Howard summed up the NBA postseason succinctly. “This is money time,” the Hawks center said. “Plain and simple.” The No. 5-seed Hawks will play the No. 4 Wizards in an Eastern Conference first-round series that begins Sunday afternoon in Washington. They will do so with a starting lineup that was necessitated by injury but prospered at the end...
Scout’s-eye view: How Hawks can contain Wizards’ backcourt of Wall, Beal

Scout’s-eye view: How Hawks can contain Wizards’ backcourt of Wall, Beal

The key for the Hawks in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series will be controlling the Wizards’ backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke to an NBA scout about the matchup to get insight about what the Hawks might do strategically against one of the more dynamic backcourts in the league. Here is the scout’s-eye view: On John Wall: &ldquo...
Hawks hold three picks in NBA Draft in June

Hawks hold three picks in NBA Draft in June

The NBA Draft order has been set with the end of the regular season Wednesday. Well, sort of. Currently, the Hawks will have three selections to make June 22. The Hawks hold their own first-round pick, which will be either No. 19 or No. 20 overall. The Hawks and Grizzlies finished with records of 43-39. The NBA will hold a coin flip to break this and other ties in the standings in the near future...
NBA playoffs: Hawks-Wizards open Sunday, Game 3 in Atlanta April 22

NBA playoffs: Hawks-Wizards open Sunday, Game 3 in Atlanta April 22

Game 1 of the Hawks-Wizards 2016-17 Eastern Conference first-round playoff series will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Verizon Center in Washington. The game will be televised nationally by TNT. It also will be televised by Fox Sports Southeast and broadcast on 92.9 FM. “I think we are excited where we are and how we are playing headed into the playoffs,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said after...
How the Hawks lost but remained healthy headed into the playoffs

How the Hawks lost but remained healthy headed into the playoffs

Five observations from the Hawks’ 104-86 loss to the Pacers Wednesday in the regular-season finale. 1. Job No. 1 in the Hawks’ regular-season finale was to come out of the game as healthy as possible. The Hawks sat Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore, Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr. “At this point, for us having locked up the fifth seed, we want to make sure we are totally...
Inside the box score: Pacers 104, Hawks 86

Inside the box score: Pacers 104, Hawks 86

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 104-86 loss to the Pacers Wednesday to end the regular season: Key players * Paul George had a game-high 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers. * Ersan Ilyasova led the Hawks with a team-high 15 points. * Ryan Kelly hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to get the Hawks within eight points. Key stat The Pacers ended the game on a...
Missions accomplished: Pacers make playoffs, Hawks unscathed

Missions accomplished: Pacers make playoffs, Hawks unscathed

The Pacers had one goal. Win to make the playoffs. The Hawks had one goal. Escape without any injuries. Missions accomplished. The Pacers defeated the bubble-wrapped Hawks 104-86 in the regular-season finale Wednesday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers clinched the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Hawks clinched the No. 5 seed on Tuesday and played without Paul Millsap, Dwight...
Hawks to hold out five players in regular-season finale

Hawks to hold out five players in regular-season finale

The Hawks will hold out five players in the regular-season finale against the Pacers on Wednesday to rest and avoid injury with the postseason to set to begin this weekend. The Hawks have clinched the No. 5 seed and will fact the No. 4 Wizards in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The result of Wednesday’s game has no bearing on the playoff race. The Hawks will open the series...
Hawks ready to turn attention to playoff matchup with Wizards

Hawks ready to turn attention to playoff matchup with Wizards

The Hawks have one game remaining in the regular season — but they have already turned their attention to the playoffs. The Wizards await in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between division rivals. The series will begin either Saturday or Sunday in Washington. The Hawks clinched the No. 5 seed with a 103-76 win over the Hornets on Tuesday. All that is left is a relatively meaningless...
After 81 games, what are we to make of these Hawks?

After 81 games, what are we to make of these Hawks?

Bud at the controls. (AP Photo/John Amis) Mike Budenholzer said Tuesday night that his Atlanta Hawks have always known what they need to do to play well; the difference, he said, is that “we’re doing it better.
Game Thread: Hawks at Pacers

Game Thread: Hawks at Pacers

Charlotte Hornets guard Treveon Graham (12) and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) vie for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Atlanta.
How the Hawks rolled over the Hornets and into the playoffs

How the Hawks rolled over the Hornets and into the playoffs

Five observations from the Hawks’ 103-76 victory over the Hornets Tuesday that clinched the No. 5 playoff seed. 1. When the Hawks move the ball, good things happen. Good things like wins over the Celtics, Cavaliers (twice) and now the Hornets. The Hawks had 30 assists on 41 field goals against the Hornets. They had at least 30 assists in each of the past three games. So the Hawks went from a...
Inside the box score: Hawks 103, Hornets 76

Inside the box score: Hawks 103, Hornets 76

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 103-76 victory over the Hornets Tuesday: Key players * Dwight Howard led the Hawks with 19 points and 12 rebounds. * Paul Millsap finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. * Mike Muscala had eight points, on 4 of 4 shooting, and was a team-high plus-26. Key stat All 13 available Hawks played, scored at least three points and had at least one rebound...
Atlanta United training center: What was said

Atlanta United training center: What was said

A collection of quotes from Tuesday’s opening of the $60 million training center in Marietta : TEAM OWNER ARTHUR BLANK “This beautiful training ground is a central piece in the success of our club and represents the vision and dedication of the Atlanta United leadership team. Our aim for the club is to produce a top-quality, winning product on and off of the...
Hawks cruise to victory, No. 5 seed and playoff matchup with Wizards

Hawks cruise to victory, No. 5 seed and playoff matchup with Wizards

The Hawks clinched the No. 5 playoff seed. And it came easily. The Hawks led the Hornets by as many as 34 points en route to a 103-76 victory Tuesday night in the final regular-season home game at Philips Arena. The Hawks will play the No. 4 Wizards in a first-round playoff series that will begin this weekend in Washington, D.C. All that is left is a meaningless game at the Pacers Wednesday. The Hawks...
Millsap named recipient of Jason Collier Memorial Trophy

Millsap named recipient of Jason Collier Memorial Trophy

Paul Millsap was named the recipient of the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy by the Hawks on Tuesday. The All-Star power forward is in the 10th winner of the trophy, which is named for the former Hawks player who died in 2005. It is awarded annually to the Hawks player who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador. Millsap provided backpacks and a...
LeBron James went clubbing on Sunday night, then sat out Monday’s game

LeBron James went clubbing on Sunday night, then sat out Monday’s game

LeBron James didn’t play for the Cavs against the Miami Heat on Monday night, one day after Cleveland blew a 26-point fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The team said he was dealing with a calf issue. Or he could’ve been tired from a night at the club following the loss to the Hawks. Either way. According to TMZ, James, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson flew...
Hawks to finish as No. 5 or No. 7 seed

Hawks to finish as No. 5 or No. 7 seed

The Hawks will finish with either the No. 5 or No. 7 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have two games remaining in the regular season — Tuesday night versus the Hornets and Wednesday night at the Pacers. Per the NBA, if the Hawks win one of their remaining games they will clinch the No. 5 seed and open the playoffs with a first-round matchup with the Wizards that will begin in...
Hawks promote Rose to D-League general manager (updated)

Hawks promote Rose to D-League general manager (updated)

Malik Rose will need a winter coat again. The Hawks promoted Rose to general manager of the Erie (Pa.) BayHawks, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate beginning next season. Rose will continue in his role as manager of basketball operations for the Hawks. However, there will be plenty of trips back and forth to warrant the new apparel. “I do plan to spend a lot of time in Erie,&rdquo...
Hawks again getting boost from bench - at right time

Hawks again getting boost from bench - at right time

The Hawks’ bench is back. It couldn’t have come at a better time. The reserves have played important roles in the Hawks’ impressive three-game win streak with victories over the Celtics and the Cavaliers. Most notably, Mike Muscala and Malcolm Delaney were huge parts of the back-to-back wins over the Cavaliers. The bench was strong during the Hawks’ early-season success. Much...
Game Thread: Hornets at Hawks

Game Thread: Hornets at Hawks

Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince (12) gets past the arms of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) in an NBA game between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 9, 2017.
Two incorrect calls benefit Hawks in dramatic win over Cavaliers

Two incorrect calls benefit Hawks in dramatic win over Cavaliers

There were incorrect calls on two key plays in the Hawks’ 126-125 overtime win over the Cavaliers on Sunday, according to the NBA. Both calls benefitted the Hawks as they mounted a rally and won in overtime after coming back from a 26-point fourth-quarter deficit. The NBA issued its Last Two Minute report from the game Monday and found that a held ball should not have been called with 5.9 seconds...
Hardaway Jr. continues strong play with impressive week

Hardaway Jr. continues strong play with impressive week

Tim Hardaway Jr. had some week. It’s becoming a trend. The Hawks shooting guard played a key role in the Hawks’ three-win week with victories over the Celtics and the Cavaliers twice. Hardaway averaged 22.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the wins. He had a .565 field-goal percentage and a .438 3-point percentage. He scored more than 20 points and had at least four assists in each...
Schedule, results will play role in whether Hawks rest players

Schedule, results will play role in whether Hawks rest players

The Hawks will be spectators Monday night with several key games in the Eastern Conference playoff race on the NBA schedule. The outcome of some of those games may dictate whether the Hawks rest some players as they end the regular season with back-to-back games. The Hawks host the Hornets on Tuesday and travel to the Pacers on Wednesday. “We’ll see how tomorrow goes and even the games...
Hawks upgrade Sefolosha to questionable

Hawks upgrade Sefolosha to questionable

The Hawks upgraded Thabo Sefolosha to questionable ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Hornets. The starting small forward has missed the past eight games with a right groin strain. Sefolosha told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday that he was “getting close” to a return. The Hawks would have a full healthy roster once Sefolosha returns for the first time in a month. Sefolosha...
Do three rousing wins change the Hawks’ playoff dynamics?

Do three rousing wins change the Hawks’ playoff dynamics?

Let’s be honest. None of us have seen the Hawks as a team capable of making playoff noise because they’ve spent the bulk of the regular season being not very good. A week ago, they were 39-38 and not assured of postseason qualification. They’d lost nine of 11 and had to face, in the span of four days, Boston once and Cleveland twice. Lo and behold, the Hawks beat Boston once and...
Winner: Best Atlanta sports star | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best Atlanta sports star | Best of Atlanta

Last week we were recruiting the best Atlanta sports stars of all time.  Your voice was heard loud and clear on the pick for Atlanta’s true MVP.  Who scores a home run in your personal playbook? You guessed it − Chipper Jones. The third baseman spent his entire 19-year MLB career playing for the Atlanta Braves. On June 28, 2013, the Braves retired Jones' number 10 and inducted...
Eastern Conference playoff race still muddled

Eastern Conference playoff race still muddled

Six of the eight playoff spots in the NBA’s Eastern Conference have been clinched. However, only one seed has been established. Here’s a look at the playoff picture in the East going into Monday’s games: 1. Cavaliers 51-29* Remaining games: at Heat Monday, vs. Raptors Wednesday At stake: Will finish No. 1 or No. 2; Hold tiebreaker over Celtics; Clinch best record Monday with win...
Millsap gets back in starter rhythm in Hawks’ dramatic win

Millsap gets back in starter rhythm in Hawks’ dramatic win

Paul Millsap is back – and in the starting lineup. After the Hawks’ power forward missed eight games with synovitis in his left knee, he returned last week. Millsap came off the bench in two games and rested another before he started in Sunday’s 126-125 victory over the Cavaliers. The Hawks trailed by 26 points entering the fourth quarter. Millsap gathered a loose ball in the final...
How the Hawks made history in erasing a 26-point deficit to beat Cavs

How the Hawks made history in erasing a 26-point deficit to beat Cavs

Five observations from the Hawks’ dramatic 126-125 overtime victory over the Cavaliers in which they erased a 26-point fourth-quarter deficit Sunday. 1. The Hawks made history. They became the third team ever to come back from at least 26 points entering the fourth quarter to win a game. The others were the Lakers, who trailed the Mavericks 88-61 in 2002, and the Bucks, who trailed the Hawks...
Inside the box score: Hawks 126, Cavaliers 125 OT

Inside the box score: Hawks 126, Cavaliers 125 OT

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ dramatic 126-125 victory over the Cavaliers after erasing a 26-point deficit: Key players * Paul Millsap scored 22 points to lead the Hawks, including a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to force overtime. * Mike Muscala scored 12 points with two critical 3-pointers, including one with 35 seconds left in overtime that gave the Hawks the lead for...
Hawks erase 26-point deficit to stun Cavaliers in overtime (updated)

Hawks erase 26-point deficit to stun Cavaliers in overtime (updated)

The Cavaliers had a point to make. And they made it early. The Hawks had a point to make. And they made it late. The Hawks overcame a 26-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and stun the Cavaliers with a 126-125 victory Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena. Mike Muscala hit a corner 3-pointer with 35.3 seconds left to give the Hawks the lead for good at 121-120. Kent Bazemore followed with...
Millsap returns to Hawks’ starting lineup

Millsap returns to Hawks’ starting lineup

After some discussion, Paul Millsap returned to the Hawks starting lineup. The power forward started against the Cavaliers Sunday afternoon after coming off the bench twice and resting once in his return from a knee injury. Millsap missed eight straight games with left knee synovitis. He came off the bench in games against the Nets and Celtics, playing 26 and 29 minutes respectively. He did not play...
Budenholzer donates $100,000 to Atlanta Food Bank

Budenholzer donates $100,000 to Atlanta Food Bank

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will donate $100,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank during a halftime presentation Sunday. The money was raised from Budenholzer’s Assists for Hunger program and a fundraiser dinner held recently. With the Assists for Hunger program, Budenholzer pledged to donate $15 for every Hawks assist during the regular season with a minimum contribution of $25,000. To date...
Game Thread: Cavaliers at Hawks

Game Thread: Cavaliers at Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives around Atlanta Hawks’ DeAndre Bembry (95) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Cleveland.
Hawks clinch 10th straight postseason appearance

Hawks clinch 10th straight postseason appearance

The Hawks are in. After nine losses in 11 games put the postseason in jeopardy, the Hawks clinched a playoff spot when the Nets defeated the Bulls on Saturday. With back-to-back victories over the Celtics and Cavaliers Thursday and Friday, respectively, the Hawks regained fifth place in the Eastern Conference and put themselves back in position for their 10th consecutive playoff appearance. The Hawks...
Sefolosha only Hawks player out in rematch with Cavaliers

Sefolosha only Hawks player out in rematch with Cavaliers

The Hawks will be back to near full strength for Sunday’s rematch with the Cavaliers. Not that they need to be. After a stunning 114-110 win at the Cavaliers Friday without five starters, the Hawks will only be missing Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha is still dealing with a right groin strain that has sidelined the starting small forward for seven games. The Hawks injury report issued Saturday lists...
Hawks clinch playoff spot today with loss by Heat or Bulls

Hawks clinch playoff spot today with loss by Heat or Bulls

The Hawks are on the verge of clinching a postseason berth with back-to-back victories over the Celtics and Cavaliers. And a 10th straight playoff appearance could come as soon as Saturday without the team taking the court. According to the NBA, the Hawks clinch a playoff spot with either a loss by the Heat or the Bulls today. The Bulls play at the Nets at 5 p.m. and the Heat play at the Wizards at...
Short-handed Hawks score improbable win over Cavaliers

Short-handed Hawks score improbable win over Cavaliers

Improbable. Unlikely. Extraordinary. Take your pick of a number of adjectives to describe the Hawks’ 114-100 victory at the Cavaliers Friday night. The Hawks played without their entire starting lineup – all on the bench due to injury or rest. No problem. The remaining 10 players handed it to the Cavaliers in their own building. Coupled with the home win over the Celtics Thursday, the...
Sefolosha issues statement on settlement, donates ‘substantial’ portion

Sefolosha issues statement on settlement, donates ‘substantial’ portion

Thabo Sefolosha issued a statement regarding the recent settlement of his civil lawsuit against officers of the New York City Police Department. The Hawks player said he donated a “substantial portion” of the settlement to Gideon’s Promise, an Atlanta-based non-profit that helps support public defenders nationwide. The complete statement reads as follows: “I would like to thank...
Schroder, Howard out among Hawks out versus Cavaliers (updated)

Schroder, Howard out among Hawks out versus Cavaliers (updated)

The Hawks will be short-handed – again – when they play at the Cavaliers on Friday night. And the list has grown. The team’s updated injury report Friday listed five players as out and two new injuries. The Hawks will be without Paul Millsap (left knee synovitis), Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise), Thabo Sefolosha (right groin strain), Dennis Schroder (right mid-foot sprain)...
Game Thread: Hawks at Cavaliers

Game Thread: Hawks at Cavaliers

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) shoots as Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Atlanta.
How Hawks limited Millsap and it was still enough to beat Celtics

How Hawks limited Millsap and it was still enough to beat Celtics

Five observations from the Hawks’ 123-116 win over the Celtics Thursday. 1. Welcome back Paul Millsap. The Hawks All-Star power forward played his second game after missing eight straight with a left knee injury. He still came off the bench. He still had an impact. Millsap finished with a team-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 8 of 15 from the field. It was a far cry from the 4 of 14 game...
Inside the box score: Hawks 123, Celtics 116

Inside the box score: Hawks 123, Celtics 116

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 123-116 win over the Celtics Thursday: Key players * Paul Millsap still came off the bench but led the Hawks with 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals. * Tim Hardaway Jr. is still in the starting lineup and had 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. * Taurean Prince had career highs with 20 points and 41 minutes. Key stat There were...
Hawks hold on for much-needed win over Celtics

Hawks hold on for much-needed win over Celtics

One down, four to go. Several Hawks players said this week the team needed to win all five remaining regular-season games to secure a playoff spot. That may or may not be true but the Hawks are off to a good start. The Hawks led by as many as 20 points en route to a 123-116 victory over the Celtics in a nationally televised game Thursday at Philips Arena. The Hawks had to hold in the final minutes...
Millsap, Bazemore continue to come off bench

Millsap, Bazemore continue to come off bench

The Hawks did not alter their starting lineup for Thursday’s game against the Celtics meaning regulars Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore continued to come off the bench as they work their way back from injury. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said both would remain on minute restrictions. Millsap will not play in Friday’s game at the Cavaliers in the second of back-to-back games. Millsap returned...
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