Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010. He is the author of the AJC’s Mike Check blog.

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Hawks vet Ilyasova deals with personal loss as he returns from injury
 Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova is dealing with a personal loss as he tries to work his way back into the playing rotation following a knee injury.  Ilyasova’s father died in his native Turkey on Nov. 8, nine days after he went on the injured list because of a bone bruise in his left knee.  “It is a part of life,&rdquo...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova is dealing with a personal loss as he tries to work his way back into the playing rotation following a knee injury.  Ilyasova’s father died in his native Turkey on Nov. 8, nine days after he went on the injured list because of a bone bruise in his left knee.  “It is a part of life,&rdquo...
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...

Posted: a day ago

(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...
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)...

Posted: a day ago

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)...
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
         ...

Posted: 3 days ago

(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 ...
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)...

Posted: 3 days ago

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)...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

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&rsquo...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

(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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...