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.

Latest from Michael Cunningham

Who’s on the Hawks board in the NBA Draft
 With 23 games left on their schedule following the All-Star break, the Hawks are tied with the Suns for the worst record in the NBA. If the Hawks finish last in the standings they’ll have the best odds to win the No. 1 pick in the draft and would be guaranteed to select no later than fourth overall.  But predictors can&rsquo...

Posted: an hour ago

With 23 games left on their schedule following the All-Star break, the Hawks are tied with the Suns for the worst record in the NBA. If the Hawks finish last in the standings they’ll have the best odds to win the No. 1 pick in the draft and would be guaranteed to select no later than fourth overall.  But predictors can&rsquo...
Mock draft roundup: Jaren Jackson Jr. enters picture for Hawks
 With 23 games left on their schedule following the All-Star break, the Hawks are tied with the Suns for the worst record in the NBA. If the Hawks finish last in the standings they’ll have the best odds to win the No. 1 pick in the draft and would be guaranteed to select no later than fourth overall. The Hawks also own the rights...

Posted: 2 hours ago

With 23 games left on their schedule following the All-Star break, the Hawks are tied with the Suns for the worst record in the NBA. If the Hawks finish last in the standings they’ll have the best odds to win the No. 1 pick in the draft and would be guaranteed to select no later than fourth overall. The Hawks also own the rights...
Game preview: How Hawks Prince, Collins compare to fellow Rising Stars
 What: Rising Stars game,  NBA All-Star weekend When/where: 9 p.m. today, Staples Center TV: TNT Taurean Prince and John Collins will represent the Hawks on the U.S. team against an international team in the Rising Stars challenge. The showcase game during NBA All-Star weekend features 10-man rosters of rookies and second-year players...

Posted: 2 days ago

What: Rising Stars game,  NBA All-Star weekend When/where: 9 p.m. today, Staples Center TV: TNT Taurean Prince and John Collins will represent the Hawks on the U.S. team against an international team in the Rising Stars challenge. The showcase game during NBA All-Star weekend features 10-man rosters of rookies and second-year players...
Hawks at the break, by the numbers
 After two games tonight, the NBA is taking a break for All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. The Hawks don’t play gain until Feb. 23 at the Pacers, the first of their 23 games after the break. Here’s a look at some numbers over the first 59 games (via Basketball-Reference and NBA.com/stats): 18-41  Hawks record, tied with...

Posted: 4 days ago

After two games tonight, the NBA is taking a break for All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. The Hawks don’t play gain until Feb. 23 at the Pacers, the first of their 23 games after the break. Here’s a look at some numbers over the first 59 games (via Basketball-Reference and NBA.com/stats): 18-41  Hawks record, tied with...
Ten observations from Hawks’ loss at Pistons
 In their final game before the All-Star break, the Hawks sent a skeleton crew against the Pistons. Dennis Schroder (back), Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) and Kent Bazemore (rest) sat. The Pistons countered with a group that still seems to be trying to figure out its identity in the wake of the Blake Griffin trade. Eventually Griffin was the catalyst...

Posted: 4 days ago

In their final game before the All-Star break, the Hawks sent a skeleton crew against the Pistons. Dennis Schroder (back), Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) and Kent Bazemore (rest) sat. The Pistons countered with a group that still seems to be trying to figure out its identity in the wake of the Blake Griffin trade. Eventually Griffin was the catalyst...
Game preview: Hawks to sit three starters at 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—Dennis Schroder (back), Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder), Kent Bazemore (rest) and Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) are out.  Pistons—Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Jon Leuer (ankle) are out...

Posted: 5 days ago

When/where: 7 p.m. today, Little Caesars Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Dennis Schroder (back), Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder), Kent Bazemore (rest) and Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) are out.  Pistons—Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Jon Leuer (ankle) are out...
Hawks rookie Dorsey on the rise
 Hawks rookie Tyler Dorsey had a bad game in the loss at Milwaukee last night. Dorsey was a team-worst minus-11 in 13 minutes played. He was on the floor for six minutes during Milwaukee’s third-quarter surge while posting zeros across his stat line.  But such duds have become rare for Dorsey, who turns 22 years old on Sunday...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hawks rookie Tyler Dorsey had a bad game in the loss at Milwaukee last night. Dorsey was a team-worst minus-11 in 13 minutes played. He was on the floor for six minutes during Milwaukee’s third-quarter surge while posting zeros across his stat line.  But such duds have become rare for Dorsey, who turns 22 years old on Sunday...
Ten observations from Hawks’ loss at Bucks
 1. This was a professional effort by the Hawks but they faded in the end. The Bucks blitzed them in the third quarter to lead by 14 but the Hawks  rallied in the fourth. Kent Bazemore tied it at 84 with his second 3-pointer of the final period. Then Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo  scored on consecutive possessions, Ersan...

Posted: 5 days ago

1. This was a professional effort by the Hawks but they faded in the end. The Bucks blitzed them in the third quarter to lead by 14 but the Hawks  rallied in the fourth. Kent Bazemore tied it at 84 with his second 3-pointer of the final period. Then Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo  scored on consecutive possessions, Ersan...
Game preview: Improved Hawks face surging Bucks on the road
 When/where: 8 p.m. today, Bradley Center  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) is out. Bucks— Malcolm Brogdon (quad), Matthew Dellavedova (ankle), John Henson (hamstring) and Mirza Teletovic (lung) are out. What to watch for: Since losing...

Posted: 5 days ago

When/where: 8 p.m. today, Bradley Center  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) is out. Bucks— Malcolm Brogdon (quad), Matthew Dellavedova (ankle), John Henson (hamstring) and Mirza Teletovic (lung) are out. What to watch for: Since losing...
Hawks: Has Dennis Schroder reached his ceiling?
 Before this season, FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical forecast categorized Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder as an “average starter.” Now that Schroder has played 54 games during his second season as a full-time starter, and the first as the offensive leader, the evidence suggests “average starter” might...

Posted: 6 days ago

Before this season, FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical forecast categorized Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder as an “average starter.” Now that Schroder has played 54 games during his second season as a full-time starter, and the first as the offensive leader, the evidence suggests “average starter” might...
Hawks’ Bembry has to ‘find a way to stay healthy’ to salvage season
 Hawks wing player DeAndre’ Bembry is back on the active roster after spending most of six weeks on the injured list. Now he gets a chance for a positive conclusion to what’s been a disappointing second professional season.  To do that, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Bembry will have to show that he can stay on the court...

Posted: 7 days ago

Hawks wing player DeAndre’ Bembry is back on the active roster after spending most of six weeks on the injured list. Now he gets a chance for a positive conclusion to what’s been a disappointing second professional season.  To do that, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Bembry will have to show that he can stay on the court...