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Hawks still can’t solve San Antonio puzzle

Hawks still can’t solve San Antonio puzzle

There could not have been a worse place in the NBA for the Hawks to attempt a turnaround to their horrid start to the season. For the last 20 years, it hasn’t mattered what sort of record the Hawks brought to either the Alamodome, the SBC Center or the AT&T Center. The result has been frustration and defeat. Monday’s game at AT&T Center was no different than the previous 19 trips to the...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Spurs

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Spurs

(AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Spurs 96, Hawks 85 from my couch . . . 1. The Hawks stayed competitive through some cold shooting in the first half. They found their rhythm in the third quarter with John Collins and Taurean Prince as the catalysts. But then the Hawks had a strong of bad possessions and missed free throws in the fourth quarter. The Spurs were getting...
Game preview: Hawks at Spurs

Game preview: Hawks at Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge (AP Photo) When/where: 8:30 p.m. today, AT&T Center TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: V103 Injuries: Hawks— Isaiah Taylor (eye) is out; Luke Babbitt (back), Mike Muscala (ankle), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are probable. Spurs—Kawhi Leonard (quad), Tony Parker (quad) and Derrick White (wrist) are out...
Hawks ‘L.T.M.F.’ on threes and making them, so why aren’t they better offensive team?

Hawks ‘L.T.M.F.’ on threes and making them, so why aren’t they better offensive team?

The addition of Marco Belinelli is one reason the Hawks are among the leaders in three-point shooting. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) I didn’t think the 2017-18 Hawks would be a good offensive team in large part because they wouldn’t have enough shooting (which is a subsection under the larger heading of not having enough talent). I was wrong, and I was right...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Celtics

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Celtics

(AP Photo)   Ten observations from Celtics 110, Hawks 99 . . . 1. Like they did in the first meeting with the Celtics, the Hawks gave a competitive effort that wasn’t enough. The Hawks led 86-85 with 7:31 to go but the Celtics cranked up their defensive intensity and the Hawks struggled to find good shots over the next several possessions. Luke Babbitt missed two...
Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

In Big South preseason rankings, the Kennesaw State Owls were co-favorites alongside Charleston Southern to win the conference title, and on Saturday, the Owls — in their third season — made that dream reality. No. 21 KSU played one of its more dominant games of the season, which ended in a 52-21 Kennesaw State win against No. 22 Monmouth at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Here are five things...
Game preview: Celtics at Hawks

Game preview: Celtics at Hawks

The Hawks couldn’t stop Kyrie Irving last time. (Kevin C. Cox/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— Isaiah Taylor (eye) is out; Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable; DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) is probable Celtics—Gordon Hayward (ankle)...
Bembry nears return as Hawks get healthier

Bembry nears return as Hawks get healthier

The Hawks rank near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but they haven’t had their full complement of rotation players through 15 games. Now their injury luck appears to be improving just as the schedule toughens.  The Hawks (3-12) listed guard/forward DeAndre’ Bembry as probable on its injury report for Saturday’s game against the Celtics (14-2) at Philips Arena...
NBA rookie ratings: How does Hawks’ John Collins stack up?

NBA rookie ratings: How does Hawks’ John Collins stack up?

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Hawks center John Collins is one of 17 NBA rookies to average 20 minutes or more per game this season. He showed he was NBA-ready in his debut and his strong play has continued in the 14 games since then. Here is where Collins ranks among his 17 peers who are playing major roles for their teams: You can make a statistical...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Kings

Ten observations from Hawks victory over Kings

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon dominated the Kings. (AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 126, Kings 80. . .  1. The Hawks beat up on a really bad team to earn their first home victory in five tries. The Kings had the worst average score differential in the league before tonight but the Hawks are in no position to take these kind of performances for granted against any opponent...
Game preview: Kings at Hawks

Game preview: Kings at Hawks

Sacramento’s Zach Randolph is playing his 17th NBA season. When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) is out; Mike Muscala (ankle) is doubtful; Ersan Ilyasova (knee), Malcom Delaney (ankle) and Marco Belinelli (Achilles) are probable. Kings—Harry Giles...
NBA draft lottery watch: Hawks still lead race for top odds

NBA draft lottery watch: Hawks still lead race for top odds

Robin Lopez is the best player for the Bulls, one reason they are among the top challengers for best the lottery odds. (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 this season, the odds...
Hawks’ Ilyasova set to return from injury

Hawks’ Ilyasova set to return from injury

Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova is set to play against the Kings tonight after missing the past eight games because of a bone bruise in his left knee.  Ilyasova said he participated in a scrimmage with his teammates Tuesday, officially an off day for the Hawks. Ilyasova said he’s “ready to play” after participating in today’s shootaround.  “I feel much better,&rdquo...
As Ilyasova nears return, should he start for Hawks over Babbitt?

As Ilyasova nears return, should he start for Hawks over Babbitt?

Ersan Ilyasova (right) guarding Paul Millsap, his predecessor as Hawks starting power forward. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Ersan Ilyasova is likely to play against the Kings on Wednesday after missing 10 games, including the past eight, with a knee injury. The Hawks upgraded Ilyasova from “out” to “probable” on the injury list, and his pending...
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...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pelicans

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pelicans

(AP Photo) Ten observations from sitting on my couch and watching Pelicans 106, Hawks 105. . . 1. The Hawks controlled most of the game with the best formula they’ve got: good pace, sharing the ball, forcing turnovers with scrappy defense and making open shots. It was a much better effort than the one at Washington on Saturday. The Hawks fell apart at the end, though...
Game preview: Hawks at Pelicans

Game preview: Hawks at Pelicans

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins account for more than half of the points per game scored by the Pelicans. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) When/where: 8 p.m. today, Smoothie King Center TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— Ersan Ilyasova (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are out; Mike Muscala...
Schroder is best Hawks player, but is he getting better?

Schroder is best Hawks player, but is he getting better?

Dennis Schroder is getting plenty of attention from Hawks opponents. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Before the Hawks played the Wizards Saturday night, coach Mike Budenholzer talked about the “constant conversation” he has with Dennis Schroder about being both primary scorer and play-maker. After the game, probably Schroder’s worst of the season...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Wizards

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Wizards

(AP Photo) WASHINGTON— Ten observations from Wizards113, Hawks 94. . . 1. This game threatened to get away from the Hawks during a stretch of the third quarter when the Wizards converted their turnovers and poor shots into easy points.  The Hawks weathered that storm for the most part but then collapsed at the beginning of the fourth quarter as the Wizards...
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...
Game preview: Hawks at Wizards

Game preview: Hawks at Wizards

Wizards star John Wall missed shootaround today but will play against the Hawks. (AP Photo) When/where: 7 p.m. today, Capital One Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Mike Muscala (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are out; Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Dennis Schroder (ankle)...
WATCH: Hawks rookie John Collins on his latest learning experience

WATCH: Hawks rookie John Collins on his latest learning experience

DETROIT–Hawks rookie John Collins had a rough game against the Pistons and Andre Drummond but said it’s a learning experience. (AP Photo)   Related headlines Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pistons Hawks: Mixed results for Bazemore with increased offensive role ...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pistons

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pistons

(AP Photo) DETROIT— Ten observations from Pistons 111, Hawks 104. . . 1. Give the Hawks credit for coming back from 19 points down to tie it in the final four minutes. They cranked up their defensive intensity after halftime and the Pistons didn’t respond well. But the Hawks had some hurried, frantic offensive possessions at winning time and Reggie...
Hawks rally at Pistons before fading to loss

Hawks rally at Pistons before fading to loss

The Hawks came back from a big deficit against Pistons before fading to a 111-104 loss on Friday night.  The Hawks (2-10) trailed 57-41 at halftime before rallying to tie the game on Kent Bazemore’s three-pointer with less than four minutes to play. After Pistons center Andre Drummond made two free throws for a 100-98 lead, Hawks rookie John Collins’ alley-oop dunk tied it again....
Game preview: Hawks at Pistons

Game preview: Hawks at Pistons

Andre Drummond has been on a roll for the 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—Ersan Ilyasova (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are out; Mike Muscala (ankle) is doubtful; Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Dennis Schroder (ankle), and Marco Belinelli...
Hawks: Mixed results for Bazemore with increased offensive role

Hawks: Mixed results for Bazemore with increased offensive role

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Kent Bazemore’s role in the Hawks’ offense inevitably would increase once the team departed with three of their top four offensive players from last season and didn’t add comparable replacements. It became more prominent once the Hawks decided to run more of the offense through their guards, with the hope of creating more...
Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon taking, making outside shots

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon taking, making outside shots

It’s more than just dunks for Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) In his first three seasons as an established NBA player, Dewayne Dedmon rarely took shots from more than a few feet from the basket. But soon after the Hawks signed Dedmon, coach Mike Budenholzer was asking his new center to shoot corner three-pointers as part of the “five-out&rdquo...
NBA draft lottery watch: Victory at Cavs doesn’t cost Hawks in race for top pick

NBA draft lottery watch: Victory at Cavs doesn’t cost Hawks in race for top pick

The Hawks conquered LeBron James and the Cavs but upset victories by the Kings and Mavs kept them at the bottom of the lottery watch standings. (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...
Observations from Hawks’ loss to Celtics

Observations from Hawks’ loss to Celtics

After a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, the Atlanta Hawks returned to Philips Arena and took the Boston Celtics to the wire on Monday in a 110-107 loss. Here are a few observations from the Hawks’ ninth loss of the season: Over the past few games, even in the Hawks’ win over the Cavaliers on Sunday, Atlanta has shown fatigue late in the third and entering the fourth quarter...
Game preview: Celtics at Hawks

Game preview: Celtics at Hawks

Here’s what to know about when the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics face off on Monday night: When/where: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— DeAndre’ Bembry (fractured right wrist), Ersan Ilyasova (bone bruise, left knee), Mike Muscala (sprained left ankle) and Miles Plumlee...
In first start, Luke Babbitt boosts Hawks

In first start, Luke Babbitt boosts Hawks

(AP Photo) Luke Babbitt started his first game for the Hawks on Sunday against the Cavs and the offense came to life. The Hawks got off to a good start for the first time in a long time and finished with their best offensive rating (109.4 points per 100 possessions) since the season opener. “We had good rhythm on offense,” Babbitt said. “I think it was one...
Ten observations from Hawks victory at Cavs

Ten observations from Hawks victory at Cavs

(AP Photo) CLEVELAND –-Ten observations from Hawks 117, Cavs 115 . . .  1. The Hawks were missing four rotation players because of injury, including two of their top three frontcourt players, and they were 11 1/2-point underdogs against the Cavs. “Whoever is dressed and playing needs to compete at a high level and do all the things...
Short-handed Hawks end eight-game skid with victory at Cavs

Short-handed Hawks end eight-game skid with victory at Cavs

The Hawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 117-115 victory at the Cavaliers on Sunday.  The Hawks (2-8) won for the first time since opening night. They beat the heavily-favored Cavs (4-6) in spite of missing four rotation players because of injury, including three in the frontcourt.  Dennis Schroder scored 28 points and Taurean Prince and Luke Babbitt had 17 each for the Hawks...
Hawks sign Cavanaugh to shore up depleted frontcourt

Hawks sign Cavanaugh to shore up depleted frontcourt

The Hawks signed forward Tyler Cavanaugh to a two-way to shore up their depleted frontcourt. He joined the team before its game at the Cavaliers on Sunday.  The Hawks signed Cavanaugh in September and waived him prior to training camp. He subsequently signed with the team’s G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa.. Cavanaugh said Erie’s team runs an “identical” system to the Hawks...
Game preview: Hawks at Cavaliers

Game preview: Hawks at Cavaliers

LeBron James scored 57 points at Washington on Friday. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) When/where: 3 p.m. today, Quicken Loans Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Mike Muscala (knee), Ersan Ilyasova (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are out; Malcolm Delaney (ankle) is doubtful; Dennis Schroder...
As Hawks losses pile up, Budenholzer says: ‘I don’t worry about it being accepted’

As Hawks losses pile up, Budenholzer says: ‘I don’t worry about it being accepted’

(AP Photo) The Hawks are trying to maintain winning habits even as they lose games.  For some teams, too much of the second thing can overwhelm the first. The Hawks have lost eight games in a row. In six of those contests they had the lead (or were close to it) late in the game. They’ve been competitive against a tough schedule, and amid mounting injuries. But losing...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Rockets

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Rockets

(AP Photo) 1. This was the first game this season in which the Hawks were over-matched from start to finish (or, in this case, garbage time). It doesn’t matter how hard they play against a good team with a great player like James Harden. He’s the kind of talent the Hawks hope to acquire with all of the draft picks they’ve accumulated. In the meantime...
Game preview: Rockets at Hawks

Game preview: Rockets at Hawks

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has his teams shooting three-pointers on more than half of their field-goal attempts. (AP Photo) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Ersan Ilyasova (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are out; Malcolm Delaney (ankle) is doubtful; ...
Hawks have many issues but 3-point defense near the top

Hawks have many issues but 3-point defense near the top

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s team is giving up a lot of wide open 3’s. (AP Photo) The Hawks faced big deficits in four of their seven consecutive losses before rallying. The Hawks are focusing on the comebacks as evidence of their competitive spirit. That’s a legitimate perspective. Certainly, there is value the team’s younger players learning that...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Sixers

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Sixers

Ben Simmons led the Sixers past the Hawks. (AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Sixers 119, Hawks 109 on TV. . .  1. The Hawks lost their seventh straight game in familiar fashion: Fall behind big, rally to get back in it and then fade at the end. The Hawks were down by as many as 17 points in the first half before pulling within two at halftime and making it ...
Is Hawks rookie John Collins really an NBA center?

Is Hawks rookie John Collins really an NBA center?

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The “small-ball five” in today’s NBA typically means a perimeter-oriented center who can stretch the floor with his shooting and (usually) isn’t big by the standards of traditional NBA centers. The Hawks hope that John Collins eventually will develop his perimeter game but coach Mike Budenholzer already has the rookie...
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...
Hawks opponents are off and running

Hawks opponents are off and running

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s team has allowed a lot of transition chances by opponents. (AP Photo) All of this comes with a standard Small Sample Size Disclaimer™ because the Hawks have played only seven games. But so far, they have not been a very good defensive team: 22 nd in defensive efficiency with 108.6 points allowed per 100 possessions, according to Basketball-Reference...
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...
Game thread: Bucks at Hawks

Game thread: Bucks at Hawks

Bucks wing Giannis Antetokounmpo has been unstoppable this season. (AP Photo) When/where: 3:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Ersan Ilyasova (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are out; Dennis Schroder (ankle) and Marco Belinelli (Achilles) are probable. Bucks—Jabari...
Ten observations from Hawks loss to Nuggets

Ten observations from Hawks loss to Nuggets

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder returned to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury. (Branden Camp/Special to AJC)   Ten observations from Nuggets 105, Hawks 100 . . . 1. The Hawks played their first home game of the season but once again couldn’t finish. Dennis Schroder’s steal and score got them within 101-98 before Nikola...
Game thread: Nuggets at Hawks

Game thread: Nuggets at Hawks

Ex-Hawks forward Paul Millsap returns to Atlanta with the Nuggets. (AP Photo)   When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Ersan Ilyasova (knee) and Marco Belinelli (Achilles) are probable; Dennis Schroder (ankle) is questionable; DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Milus Plumlee (quad) are...
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...
Game thread: Hawks at Bulls

Game thread: Hawks at Bulls

The Bulls went to the playoffs during Fred Hoiberg’s first two seasons as coach. (AP Photo) When/where: 8 p.m. today, United Center, Chicago TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dennis Schroder (ankle), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Milus Plumlee (quad) are out; Ersan Ilyasova (knee) is questionable; Marco Belinelli (Achilles)...
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