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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With Hawks, Dedmon shows he can be more than NBA backup
 (AP Photo) By now it’s obvious that Dewayne Dedmon is a legitimate NBA center. He’d established himself as a rotation player 
            at Orlando and San Antonio but, given a bigger role with the Hawks, he’s shown that he can be more than that. Dedmon’s signing last summer gave the Hawks a respectable veteran big...

Posted: 4 days ago

(AP Photo) By now it’s obvious that Dewayne Dedmon is a legitimate NBA center. He’d established himself as a rotation player at Orlando and San Antonio but, given a bigger role with the Hawks, he’s shown that he can be more than that. Dedmon’s signing last summer gave the Hawks a respectable veteran big...
Hawks sign Andrew White to two-way deal
 The Hawks signed forward Andrew White III to a two-way contract on Monday. White’s contract allows for a limited number of days with the Hawks, with the balance of time spent at their G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. He will report to Erie. White, 24, wasn’t selected in the 2017 draft out of Syracuse (he also played at Kansas and...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Hawks signed forward Andrew White III to a two-way contract on Monday. White’s contract allows for a limited number of days with the Hawks, with the balance of time spent at their G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. He will report to Erie. White, 24, wasn’t selected in the 2017 draft out of Syracuse (he also played at Kansas and...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Spurs
 (AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 102, Spurs 99. . .  1. The Hawks trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. They got within four at halftime and took a 57-55 lead in
            the third quarter, their first advantage since 33-32, and were up 89-85 with less than five minutes to go.  They held on for
           ...

Posted: 5 days ago

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 102, Spurs 99. . .  1. The Hawks trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. They got within four at halftime and took a 57-55 lead in the third quarter, their first advantage since 33-32, and were up 89-85 with less than five minutes to go.  They held on for ...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Lakers
 (AP Photo) Ten observations from sitting on my couch and watching Lakers 132, Hawks 113. . . . 1. The Hawks suffered back-to-back blowout losses for the first time this season. After turnovers doomed them in Portland, poor
            transition defense buried them in the first half in Los Angeles. The Lakers are a young, quick team throughout...

Posted: 12 days ago

(AP Photo) Ten observations from sitting on my couch and watching Lakers 132, Hawks 113. . . . 1. The Hawks suffered back-to-back blowout losses for the first time this season. After turnovers doomed them in Portland, poor transition defense buried them in the first half in Los Angeles. The Lakers are a young, quick team throughout...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Blazers
 (AP Photo)   Ten observations from sitting on my couch and watching Blazers 110, 
            Hawks 89. . . 1. Fox Sports Southeast sideline reporter Andre Aldridge said Hawks players were perturbed because the Blazers were so incredulous
            about their loss in Atlanta last weekend. If the Hawks were motivated by that it...

Posted: 14 days ago

(AP Photo)   Ten observations from sitting on my couch and watching Blazers 110, Hawks 89. . . 1. Fox Sports Southeast sideline reporter Andre Aldridge said Hawks players were perturbed because the Blazers were so incredulous about their loss in Atlanta last weekend. If the Hawks were motivated by that it...
Hawks draft prospect watch: Bruce Brown Jr., U. Miami
 (AP Photo) The Hawks could have as many as three first-round picks in the 2018 draft. Their own pick almost certainly will be in the
               lottery. Barring collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own the lottery-protected, first-round picks
               for those two teams via trades. This is the second...

Posted: 15 days ago

(AP Photo) The Hawks could have as many as three first-round picks in the 2018 draft. Their own pick almost certainly will be in the lottery. Barring collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own the lottery-protected, first-round picks for those two teams via trades. This is the second...
Hawks draft prospect watch: Lonnie Walker, U. Miami
 Miami guard Lonnie Walker defends against Tech’s Brandon Alston. (AP Photo) The Hawks could have as many as three first-round picks in the 2018 draft. Their own pick almost certainly will be in the
               lottery. Barring collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own the lottery-protected, first-round picks...

Posted: 16 days ago

Miami guard Lonnie Walker defends against Tech’s Brandon Alston. (AP Photo) The Hawks could have as many as three first-round picks in the 2018 draft. Their own pick almost certainly will be in the lottery. Barring collapses by the Rockets and Timberwolves, the Hawks also will own the lottery-protected, first-round picks...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Suns
 (AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Suns 104, Hawks 103 on TV . . . 1. The Hawks seemed on their way to a good start to the West trip before blowing a 12-point lead over the final five minutes.
            Hawks miscues included two missed free throws by Miles Plumlee, a charging foul against Dennis Schroder and an inexplicable
   ...

Posted: 17 days ago

(AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Suns 104, Hawks 103 on TV . . . 1. The Hawks seemed on their way to a good start to the West trip before blowing a 12-point lead over the final five minutes. Hawks miscues included two missed free throws by Miles Plumlee, a charging foul against Dennis Schroder and an inexplicable ...
Ten observations from Hawks victory over Mavericks
 (AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 112, Mavericks 107. . .  1. The Hawks held on to win on a night when Dennis Schroder carried them offensively: 33 points on 22 shots, including 4-for-8
            on three-pointers. Schroder’s three-pointer with 1:21 to go put the Hawks up for good, and he rallied them with 12 points
   ...

Posted: 27 days ago

(AP Photo) Ten observations from Hawks 112, Mavericks 107. . .  1. The Hawks held on to win on a night when Dennis Schroder carried them offensively: 33 points on 22 shots, including 4-for-8 on three-pointers. Schroder’s three-pointer with 1:21 to go put the Hawks up for good, and he rallied them with 12 points ...
Game preview: Hawks at Thunder
 Thunder star Russell Westrbook is averaging 23.3 points, 9.7 assists and 9.5 rebounds per game. (AP Photo) When/where: 8 p.m. today, Chesapeake Energy Center TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) is out; Dennis Schroder (ankle) is questionable; Mike Muscala (ankle)...

Posted: 28 days ago

Thunder star Russell Westrbook is averaging 23.3 points, 9.7 assists and 9.5 rebounds per game. (AP Photo) When/where: 8 p.m. today, Chesapeake Energy Center TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) is out; Dennis Schroder (ankle) is questionable; Mike Muscala (ankle)...
ESPN: Hawks’ John Collins is fifth-best rookie
 John Collins is rising up in the rookie rankings. (AP Photo) Hawks rookie John Collins wasn’t a lottery pick and he’s playing 22.9 minutes per game for the team with the worst record
            in the NBA. Those factors mean Collins typically isn’t included among the national discussions about the league’s top rookies...

Posted: 29 days ago

John Collins is rising up in the rookie rankings. (AP Photo) Hawks rookie John Collins wasn’t a lottery pick and he’s playing 22.9 minutes per game for the team with the worst record in the NBA. Those factors mean Collins typically isn’t included among the national discussions about the league’s top rookies...