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A clean MRI alone won’t fix Hawks’ problems
The Hawks’ Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver are among those searching for answers. (AP photo)

5:56 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tests revealed that DeMarre Carroll doesn’t have a tear, a break, a dislocation or any significant damage to a ligament, a bone or cartilage that might otherwise lead an orthopedist surgeon to point to an X-ray or MRI and say, “See this? That’s not good.” So everybody in Hawks’ land ...
 Too many negatives won’t work this round
Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer yells at a referee after a foul call against the Hawks in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Atlanta. The Cavaliers won the game 97-89.  Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 12:21 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015

There are going to be screams about the officiating, as if LeBron James, otherworldly being and television ratings king that he is, was not expected to get a few calls swing his way.But that’s not why the Hawks trail a playoff series today.They didn’t play didn’t play four great quarters ...
Is the Hawks’ sum greater than one LeBron?
DeMarre Carroll is known more for his defense, but he leads the Hawks in scoring in the playoffs and was key down the stretch against Washington in the second round. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

2:28 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Hawks had four starters who played in the All-Star game this year, and the other guy is the one who leads them in scoring in the playoffs. There are times when statistical analysis can be misleading and pointless, and then there are times when it hits you over the ...
Budenholzer’s leadership may grow
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer calls an offensive play against the Wizards in their game Friday in Washington. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

4:38 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015

In his first two seasons as the Hawks’ head coach, Mike Budenholzer has implemented a new offensive system, changed the culture of a team formerly punctuated by prima donnas, nearly orchestrated an upset of a No. 1 seed in his first postseason despite missing the franchise cornerstone (Al Horford), kept ...
Hawks finally reach East’s promised land
Paul Pierce launches a 3-point shot that appeared to tie the score against the Hawks as time expired, but after a video review the shot was ruled late. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

3:53 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015

Welcome to the exorcism. There has been so much misery that a Hawks fan hasn’t had the luxury of separating the good memories from the bad as much as rating the annual levels of disappointment. Remember 1988? A win in Boston Garden in Game 5. A 3-2 series lead. Then ...
Hawks are one win from higher elevation
Hawks center Al Horford reacts after making the game-winning shot to defeat Washington 82-81 in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday night. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

3:51 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015

Steve Koonin was there in 1988 when the Hawks met the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series that would become punctuation for all of the franchise’s “What-if” debates.“It was exhilaratingly deflating,” said Koonin, the Hawks’ CEO.Exhilaratingly deflating.Could there be a more perfect word pairing to describe postseason ...
Hawks come through when it matters most
The Hawks’ Al Horford hits the game-winning shot to beat the Washington Wizards, 82-81, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Philips Arena. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 1:07 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015

This was the night where nothing seemed like other nights. This was the night when the Hawks may have wobbled at times, but, in the end, it was going to be remembered for doing so much right, certainly when it mattered most.With the Hawks trailing 81-8o, Dennis Schroder, the backup ...
Desperation shouldn’t be Hawks’ prime motivator
The Hawks came together for a crucial win in Washington on Monday night and need to do it again in Game 5 at Philips Arena. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

2:46 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Teasing the brink of postseason humiliation, the Hawks responded with consecutive wins over the eighth-seeded Brooklyn Nets — and it took until the sixth game for them to resemble what they were supposed to look like in the first five. Having drifted for three games against the Washington Wizards, an ...
Brady, Patriots got exactly what they deserved
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. The NFL suspended Brady for the first four games for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. (AP photo)

Updated: 10:22 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015

It’s important to understand that what happened Monday does not elevate Tom Brady to the level of sports’ most scorned cheaters. His statistical accomplishments were not artificially enhanced to the extent of baseball’s lab creations — Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Braun, Rodriguez — he didn’t ruin lives like Lance Armstrong and ...
Collins determined to make Falcons’ pick look good

3:45 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015

If this were only about physical tools, there wouldn’t be a question whether Jalen Collins will make the Falcons look good for drafting him. He is tall and fast and plays cornerback, a combination that gives coaches the same look that miners had when they found something sparkly and gold ...
Braves’ McDowell trying to repair some damaged egos
Roger McDowell has had to make several mound visits this season to calm his young starting pitchers such as Alex Wood. (Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images)

5:11 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Braves’ pitching staff would love to switch places with Tom Brady. Their problem is over-inflation. A team that for the past six years ranked third, third, fourth, fifth, first and fifth in the majors in ERA sits in 19th place at 4.11, which is several PSIs north of last ...
Hawks survive, but they didn’t make it easy
Al Horford (right) and Paul Millsap (left) celebrate a 106-90 victory over the Wizards in a basketball game during the Eastern Conference Semifinals game 2 on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Atlanta.  Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

10:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015

They learned before tipoff that the opposing team would be missing its best player. It didn’t matter. They had double-digit leads for the seventh time in eight playoff games. It didn’t matter. If the Hawks have proved anything in these playoffs, it’s that their road to success will come with ...
Here we go again: Hawks let one slip away
The Hawks had John Wall and the Washington Wizards down early but went cold and lost the opener of their second-round playoff series. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 6:36 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015

At this point, it’s probably best to set the expectations bar really low each game and then just hope Sybil doesn’t emerge at some point, smiling as her eyeballs roll back in her head and then speaking in some creepy voice, “Hey, watch this.”Clank. Clank. Clank. Clank. … Oh, sorry, ...
Teague is Hawks’ key to going deep in playoffs
Former Hawk Joe Johnson sets a screen as Brooklyn’s Deron Williams drives around Jeff Teague in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

6:38 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015

In the first seven minutes, 35 seconds of a playoff game in Brooklyn on Friday night, Jeff Teague set up Kyle Korver for a 3-point shot (1), set up DeMarre Carroll for another 3-pointer (2), drove and dished to Al Horford for a layup (3), drove and dished to Paul ...
Finally, the good Hawks return for series clincher
Hawks forward Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 25 points in 111-87 win over the Nets in Brooklyn Friday, May 1, 2015, in New York.

10:38 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015

Oh, there they are.The Hawks returned Friday night. They might’ve had some schizophrenic tendencies before they finished wiping their feet on the Brooklyn Nets — what team’s score by quarters starts 36-15-41? — but there was no mistaking the ball movement, the defense, the lack of dribbles off the feet ...
Falcons’ Quinn determined to fix pass rush in draft
Falcons coach Dan Quinn directs his team during a minicamp this week. (AP photo)

5:12 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New head coaches, by the nature of their job, are expected to have a more global view of things when it comes to their football team. But there’s still the mind of a defensive line coach crammed inside Dan Quinn’s cranium, and that’s never going to change. “When I see ...
Hawks’ regular-season afterglow long gone
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer appears to have that, “What has happened to my team?” look on his face. (AP photo)

3:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Hawks team that everybody came to love seems to have gone through some genetic mutation, returning to the Hawks team everybody was trying to forget. In one game, they couldn’t make a layup. In the next game, they couldn’t defend. That’s balance, kind of. They have won two and ...
Hawks being visited by ghosts of playoffs past
Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and Brook Lopez defend Hawks’ Al Horford in the first quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Updated: 11:15 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015

While dominoes have fortuitously fallen around them in the Eastern Conference playoffs – Toronto, their personal thorn, was swept in its series and Cleveland lost its starting center to a dislocated shoulder – the Hawks have struggled with their identity.They forget that they were supposed to be really good.“We got ...
Hawks’ Horford is coming up short against Lopez
Brooklyn center Brook Lopez drives to the basket against the Hawks’ Al Horford in game three of their NBA playoff series Saturday at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today)

4:35 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015

When an NBA team wins 60 games in the regular season, there is a natural tendency to overlook its liabilities and focus on all of the things it does well. So it follows that when the Hawks were stampeding through the league this season there wasn’t a lot of talk ...
Hawks have let Brooklyn back into series
Ex-Hawk Joe Johnson played more than 42 minutes and finally had reason to celebrate something against his former team. (AP photo)

7:59 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015

NEW YORK – They said they didn’t want to let this happen. They let it happen anyway. They said they realized that they really been in sync for a while, but viewed it as a strength that they were still winning games and there was no reason to believe that ...
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