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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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: 15 hours 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: 21 hours 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: 2 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: 2 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: 2 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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

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&rdquo...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

(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...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

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&rsquo...
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, 
       ...

Posted: 4 days ago

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, ...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

(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...