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Round 2 Roundup

The defending champion North Gwinnett Bulldogs secured a trip to the quarterfinals in a decisive 41-7 victory over visiting West Forsyth. Quarterback JR Martin threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to fellow Junior Josh Downs before West Forsyth found a little momentum. Jake Huggins forced a Bulldog fumble that was recovered and returned for 37 yards by Mikhari Sibblis, and the Wolverine defense...


Joke’s on Falcons in embarrassing loss at Browns

Joke’s on Falcons in embarrassing loss at Browns

Even in the NFL, where parity is king, the Browns are the kind of opponent that other teams use to build confidence or keep it high. They were speed bumps during winning streaks by the Steelers and Chargers. The Buccaneers beat the Browns for their only victory in their past seven games.  The Browns didn’t win a game last season.
Hawks fall to Pistons 124-109 for third consecutive loss

Hawks fall to Pistons 124-109 for third consecutive loss

Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey challenged his team to overcome the Hawks’ league-leading pace of play by beating Atlanta in transition and forcing turnovers. They succeeded on both fronts in Friday’s 124-109 win at State Farm Arena. Although the Hawks entered the game ranked third in the NBA in turnovers forced (17.
Owls’ defense playing with confidence after shutout

Owls’ defense playing with confidence after shutout

Kennesaw State’s defense was questioned for its inexperience as the season began in August. Three months later, the unit proved that despite losing several key starters, it’s still capable of competing for back-to-back Big South championships. In the Owls’ 49-point shutout against Campbell on Saturday, Kennesaw State limited Campbell to a season-low of 129 yards.
Trae Young, other Hawks struggle with their shots in loss to Knicks

Trae Young, other Hawks struggle with their shots in loss to Knicks

The Hawks almost did it, but their comeback fell short in a 112-107 loss to the New York Knicks Wednesday night at State Farm Arena.  The game was evenly matched through the first half and the Hawks held a three-point lead after two periods.
Hawks fade in road loss to Hornets

Hawks fade in road loss to Hornets

Trae Young finished with 18 points and 10 assists but the Hawks lost to the Hornets 113-102 Tuesday night in Charlotte. The Hawks started 2018 first-round draft picks Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman for the first time this season and pushed the Hornets before losing for the eighth time in the last nine meetings between the teams.
Hawks rookie Trae Young already looks like the real deal

Hawks rookie Trae Young already looks like the real deal

Full disclosure: I’m rooting for Trae Young to succeed. That’s not because of any allegiance to the Hawks, of which I have zero. It’s also not because of a personal affinity for Young, who has seemed likable in our professional interactions but who I don’t know well.
Hawks’ Prince listed as doubtful vs. Hornets

Hawks’ Prince listed as doubtful vs. Hornets

The Hawks will likely be without starting small forward Taurean Prince for Tuesday’s game at the Hornets. Prince, with a right ankle sprain, was listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report released Monday afternoon ahead of the game.
Hawks’ Collins has not returned to practice

Hawks’ Collins has not returned to practice

John Collins has not yet resume practice so the Hawks forward will continue to be sidelined by a left ankle injury. The second-year forward has yet to appear in a game this season due to the injury. His return is not imminent, according to a person familiar with the situation. Collins was examined and had additional tests on Nov. 2, according to a statement released by the team Monday afternoon.
Hawks recall Hamilton from G League

Hawks recall Hamilton from G League

The Hawks recalled guard/forward Daniel Hamilton from their G League affiliate in Erie Sunday. Hamilton has not played this season after suffering a tear of his right rotator cuff. He was assigned to the G League on Oct. 31.  In two games for Erie, Hamilton averaged 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 34.7 minutes. The Hawks next play at the Hornets on Tuesday.
Trae Young leads Hawks to a victory over the Heat

Trae Young leads Hawks to a victory over the Heat

Rookie Trae Young scored 24 points and had a career-high 15 assists to lead the Hawks to a 123-118 home win over the Miami Heat Saturday night. Young hit 9 of 19 field goals (2 of 8 on 3-pointers) and had six rebounds, five turnovers and a blocked shot. Six other Hawks scored in double figures. Taurean Prince and Dewayne Dedmon each had 15.
Week 12 Friday Night Roundups

Week 12 Friday Night Roundups

Mill Creek closed out the regular season with a shutout victory over the visiting Collins Hill Eagles to secure the No. 2 seed out of Region 7 (visit HERE to download all GHSA State Playoff brackets). The Hawks scored on their first drive of the game after a Collins Hill personal foul on the Mill Creek punt attempt led to a fresh set of downs and a touchdown run by Josh Battle.
Former Hawks player detained for bringing his dog on airplane

Former Hawks player detained for bringing his dog on airplane

Former Hawks player Lamar Patterson is a dog lover. And no matter what he does now for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe, his pet, not the retired NBA great. The ex-Hawks player flew into Brisbane, Australia, with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage and ran afoul of Australia's quarantine laws.
Hawks allow 146 points, lose fourth in a row

Hawks allow 146 points, lose fourth in a row

The good news is the Hawks scored 115 points Thursday night. The bad news is they still lost by 31. The Hawks fell to the Kings 146-115 at State Farm Arena. Jeremy Lin scored 23 in 23 minutes for the Hawks, who had five other players in double figures. But it wasn’t nearly enough against Sacramento, which was led by De’Aaron Fox’s 31 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
Latest AJC podcast takes you inside the all-new State Farm Arena

Latest AJC podcast takes you inside the all-new State Farm Arena

Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play: The Atlanta Hawks’ new home features a barber shop, a Topgolf simulator, and party space outfitted with plush chairs, couches and cabanas. This week’s accessAtlanta podcast takes listeners inside the Atlanta Hawks’ renovated and renamed home — formerly Philips Arena, now State Farm Arena.
Hawks send Hamilton, Adams to Erie

Hawks send Hamilton, Adams to Erie

The Hawks assigned Daniel Hamilton and transferred two way-player Jaylen Adams to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League on Tuesday. Hamilton, a guard/forward, has not appeared in a game this season after suffering a torn right rotator cuff. He recently returned to practice. Adams, a guard, has appeared in for games for the Hawks this season.
Hawks to mark half-century in Atlanta with 50 acts to help 50K people

Hawks to mark half-century in Atlanta with 50 acts to help 50K people

In 1968, the St. Louis Hawks left the Show Me State and moved to Atlanta. To celebrate their 50th anniversary in Atlanta, the Hawks are giving back to their home city this NBA season by completing 50 acts of service designed to help 50,000 people, the team said in a news release.
Trae Young scores 24 but Hawks lose to Cavs

Trae Young scores 24 but Hawks lose to Cavs

Rookie Trae Young scored 24 but the Hawks fell to the Cavs 136-114 in Cleveland Tuesday night. Young hit 9-of-13 fields goals and had four assists and three turnovers. Alex Len added 22 points for the Hawks (2-5), who host the Kings Thursday night at 7:30. Rookie Kevin Huerter scored 13 for the Hawks, making 3-of-4 3-pointers.
Pierce loses in return to Philly as Hawks fall to Sixers

Pierce loses in return to Philly as Hawks fall to Sixers

Ben Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists and the Philadelphia 76ers flashed a little of last year’s playoff form in a 113-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Without a major roster addition, the Sixers had played little like a team that won 52 games and a playoff round a year ago.
Atlanta United loses game, top spot in East and Shield 

Atlanta United loses game, top spot in East and Shield 

In its biggest game of the season, Atlanta United did what it seems a lot of teams from Georgia do. It lost. Needing a win  or loss by New York Red Bulls to Orlando to secure the Supporters’ Shield as its first trophy since beginning play in 2017, Atlanta United gave up two easy goals in the first half and were beaten by Toronto 4-1 on Sunday at BMO Field.
Hawks lose to Bulls at home

Hawks lose to Bulls at home

Taurean Prince scored 16 but the Hawks lost to the Bulls 97-85 Saturday night at State Farm Arena. Hawks top draft pick Trae Young, who entered the game leading NBA rookies with 21.5 points per game, scored 13 but hit only 3-of-12 shots from the field. Young was 0-for-6 on 3-pointers and had four assists and five turnovers. Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks (2-3).
Hawks’ Poythress out at least three games

Hawks’ Poythress out at least three games

The Hawks will be without Alex Poythress for at least three games after the forward suffered a left knee injury. Poythress was diagnosed with a capsular sprain and bone bruise after an MRI exam. He was injured in the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks and did not return.
Give Taurean Prince the entire Hawks playbook and look what happens

Give Taurean Prince the entire Hawks playbook and look what happens

Taurean Prince wanted the playoff book – all of it – when he first met with then-recently hired Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce last summer. The small forward didn’t want to know just where he was supposed to be on the court at all times in a new system. He wanted to know where everyone else was supposed to be as well. “That’s the beauty of Taurean,” Pierce said....
Hawks may not be good, but they can be fun

Hawks may not be good, but they can be fun

It took a while but, finally, you could see what the Hawks are selling. Lethargic while falling behind by 26 points to the Mavericks, they were electric during a furious rally.  Taurean Prince spotted up for 3-pointers. Kent Bazemore sailed through the lane and unwound that long wingspan for dunks. Trae Young was slithering to the basket, getting bumped, and scoring anyway.
Bazemore puts exclamation point on Hawks comeback

Bazemore puts exclamation point on Hawks comeback

Kent Bazemore put the exclamation point on quite a comeback victory. After trailing by as many as 26 points, the Hawks rallied for a 111-04 win over the Mavericks Wednesday night in the home opener. Bazemore drove a vacated lane for a dunk with 1:06 remaining that gave the Hawks a 105-101 lead. The emphatic slam accounted for two of his game- and career-high 32 points.
The Hawks and Trae Young give the A-T-L a night to howl

The Hawks and Trae Young give the A-T-L a night to howl

For a few moments, it was possible to forget that these teams were in the lottery in June and figure to be again next year. The Hawks and the Mavericks, who together lost 116 games last season, were playing a fairly fascinating game, and the home, working for the first time in its refurbished/renamed arena, was giving an actual crowd actual reason to cheer.
Fans appreciate open feel of Hawks’ new home

Fans appreciate open feel of Hawks’ new home

From the outside, the Atlanta Hawks’ arena may look about the same.  But inside is a completely different story. Just ask BJ Woods of Powder Springs. “You walk in here and it feels brand new,” said a smiling Woods. “It’s open. It’s spacious. It’s fresh.
They are there but Hawks not caught up in Young-Doncic comparisons

They are there but Hawks not caught up in Young-Doncic comparisons

Lloyd Pierce has other things on his mind. He has other things to talk to his rookie point guard about in these early days of the first NBA season for each in their current position. Sure, much of the talk about the Hawks home opener will be about rookies Trae Young and Luka Doncic. Fair or not, the two will likely be linked for the entirety of their careers.
Hawks’ John Collins to miss several more weeks

Hawks’ John Collins to miss several more weeks

The Hawks will be without John Collins for Wednesday’s home opener and beyond as the power forward deals with an ankle injury. Collins will miss several more weeks with a return date that is likely in early November, according to a person familiar with the situation. He would miss nine more games with a return likely in the second week of November.
A look at Trae Young’s historic performance

A look at Trae Young’s historic performance

Hawks’ rookie Trae Young has played just three NBA games but he’s already put his name in the history books. Young had 35 points and 11 assist for the Hawks in Sunday’s 133-111 victory at the Cavaliers.
Trae Young scores 35 as Hawks get first win

Trae Young scores 35 as Hawks get first win

Trae Young had 35 points with 11 assists - the best line for an NBA rookie in eight years - and Kent Bazemore scored 23 as the Atlanta Hawks rolled to an easy 133-111 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost their home opener and fell to 0-3 in their first season without LeBron James. The No.
Hawks unveil arena’s extreme makeover 

Hawks unveil arena’s extreme makeover 

From the outside, the Hawks’ arena looks the same as before, with the exception of new signage that conveys a new name.  “When you look at the outside of the building,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin conceded, “you don’t really anticipate much having been done.”  But a lot has been done -- about $200 million worth, in fact -- on the inside.
Week 10 Friday Night Roundup

Week 10 Friday Night Roundup

The Hillgrove Hawks kept their perfect season (8-0) alive on the road against North Paulding, blowing open the lead with a huge defensive performance by Senior Lance Wise that led to two Hillgrove touchdowns in the final 0:17 of the third quarter.
Hawks’ grand (re)opening of arena is set for Saturday

Hawks’ grand (re)opening of arena is set for Saturday

The Hawks will show off their renovated and renamed arena to the public for the first time with an open-house event Saturday.  State Farm Arena, formerly known as Philips Arena, will open its doors after being closed since April for the last and largest phase of a $192.5 million makeover.
Georgia State to host open, free basketball scrimmage in Decatur

Georgia State to host open, free basketball scrimmage in Decatur

The start of college basketball season is quickly approaching as several teams will tip off their 2018-19 seasons on Nov. 6. But the Georgia State Panthers, the only team from the Peach State to appear in last year’s NCAA tournament, are giving their fans a free taste of hoops this Saturday in Decatur. The Panthers, coached by Ron Hunter, will host an open scrimmage at 11:30 a.m.
Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks in Pierce’s coaching debut

Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks in Pierce’s coaching debut

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points, sparking the Knicks during their franchise-record, 49-point second quarter, and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-107 on Wednesday night in their first game under coach David Fizdale. Hardaway had 16 points in the period, when the Knicks matched the Hawks' point total for the entire first half. New York led 72-49 at the break.
Trae Young era begins for Hawks, who have a lot riding on him

Trae Young era begins for Hawks, who have a lot riding on him

Trae Young’s first NBA game is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. He will start at point guard for the Hawks against the Knicks. It’s the first game of a long season for Young, but it’s also the beginning of an era.  It’s not exactly right to say that the franchise’s future is riding on Young becoming a star. It’s not exactly wrong, either.
Young gets nod as Hawks starting point guard

Young gets nod as Hawks starting point guard

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been reluctant to name his starting point guard, but he did so without hesitation Monday.  Rookie Trae Young will start his first regular-season NBA game alongside expected starters Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Vince Carter and Alex Lin. The Atlanta Hawks face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Wednesday to open the 2018-19 season.  Young, the No....
Young getting grasp of Hawks offense ... and those 30-footers

Young getting grasp of Hawks offense ... and those 30-footers

That’s the thing about a 30-footer – they are almost always wide open. Trae Young knows it. The Hawks rookie point guard hit a game-winning shot from well past the 3-point line last week for an exhibition win against the Spurs. Much focus has been – and will be – on Young’s shooting when the NBA regular season begins Wednesday.
Hawks waive Hunter, two others

Hawks waive Hunter, two others

The Hawks waived C.J. Anderson, R.J. Hunter and Thomas Robinson on Saturday. The moves brings the roster to 17 players, which includes the two-way contracts of Jaylen Adams and Alex Poythress. The team can have a maximum of 15 players on the roster, so Adams and Poythress will be sent to the team’s G League affiliate in Erie, Pa., when the league begins.
Hawks lose to Heat, finish 2-3 in preseason

Hawks lose to Heat, finish 2-3 in preseason

Jeremy Lin scored 20 but the Hawks lost to the Heat 119-113 Friday night in Miami. It was the final preseason game for the Hawks, who finished 2-3. Alex Len scored 14, Kent Bazemore added 13, Trae Young and Tyler Dorsey both had 11 and Alex Poythress finished with 10 for the Hawks. Young went 4-for-9 from the field and had five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers.
Hawks’ Kent Bazemore is last man standing

Hawks’ Kent Bazemore is last man standing

Kent Bazemore is the last man standing. Four seasons ago, the 2014-15 Hawks were a 60-win team and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. It seems like so long ago. One by one each player left in different ways.
Collins to miss start of Hawks’ season

Collins to miss start of Hawks’ season

The Hawks will be without John Collins for at least the first three games of the regular season with a left ankle injury. He is expected to be out at least 10 days. Collins had an MRI exam Monday that revealed mild inflammation and soreness in his left ankle. He underwent a non-surgical procedure that day, described as an injection by a person familiar with the situation.
Hawks upsize video boards in remade arena

Hawks upsize video boards in remade arena

When architects first presented designs for the renovation of what was then called Philips Arena, they proposed placing four video boards in the corners of the building instead of hanging a customary board above the court.  “We told them, ‘Wow, that’s really interesting; that’s engaging; that’s aggressive,’” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin recalled.
Hawks’ Young hits game-winning 3-pointer

Hawks’ Young hits game-winning 3-pointer

Take that, from the start to the finish. Trae Young hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to give the Hawks a 130-127 victory over the Spurs in an exhibition game Wednesday night at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. Young finished with 22 points, seven assists and two steals – and a muscle flex after the game-winner.
Health, consistency make Hawks’ Young a starter in exhibitions

Health, consistency make Hawks’ Young a starter in exhibitions

If Lloyd Pierce knows who will start at point guard for the Hawks in the regular season, he still is not saying. Rookie Trae Young has started each of the Hawks’ three exhibition games, including Wednesday’s contest against the Spurs at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.
Hawks’ Collins to miss final exhibition, raises concern for opener

Hawks’ Collins to miss final exhibition, raises concern for opener

John Collins will miss the remainder of the exhibition season as he battles left ankle soreness. The issue raises the concern that the Hawks’ second-year forward could miss the start of the regular season. After playing in the preseason opener, Collins did not play in the second half against the Grizzlies on Friday.
When does the Hawks season start?

When does the Hawks season start?

The Hawks open the 2018-19 season Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks (7 p.m., FSSO). » More: Highlights of Hawks’ schedule The Hawks will make their lone national television appearance in the debut of Atlanta’s State Farm Arena against the Dallas Mavericks Oct. 24.
Hawks sign C.J. Anderson, waive Isaac Humphries

Hawks sign C.J. Anderson, waive Isaac Humphries

The Hawks made two minor roster moves on Tuesday. Isaac Humphries was waived a day after the forward/center signed. The Hawks will retain the G League rights to Humphries, who played in his native Australia and Serbia, and he could eventually end up with the team’s affiliate in Erie. The Hawks also signed C.J. Anderson, a guard who played four seasons at UMass. He averaged 10.6 points, 5.
Hawks sign Aussie Isaac Humphries

Hawks sign Aussie Isaac Humphries

The Hawk signed Isaac Humphries in a deal that will eventual place the forward/center with the G League affiliate in Erie. The native of Australia played in 26 games for the Sydney Kings of the NBL last season and averaged 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 16.5 minutes. He had a .583 shooting percentage. He also played in 12 games for FMP Beograd in Serbia last year.
Schroder helps Thunder over Hawks

Schroder helps Thunder over Hawks

Dennis Schroder had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in helping the Thunder to a 113-94 exhibition victory over the Hawks Sunday in a game played in Tulsa. Schroder, the former Hawks first-round pick, was traded to the Thunder in the offense. The point guard did all his damage in 27 minutes. Paul George led the Thunder (2-1) with a game-high 22 points.
Collins, Lin out for Hawks’ exhibition against Thunder

Collins, Lin out for Hawks’ exhibition against Thunder

The Hawks will be without John Collins and Jeremy Lin for Sunday’s exhibition game against the Thunder. The team issued an injury report Saturday with Collins (left ankle soreness) and Lin (rest) added. Collins started but did not play the second half in Friday’s exhibition loss at the Grizzles.
Hawks drop exhibition game to Grizzlies

Hawks drop exhibition game to Grizzlies

The Hawks dropped a 120-110 decision to the Grizzlies Friday night in an exhibition game in Memphis. Tyler Dorsey got a start for the Hawks with Taurean Prince back in Atlanta due to flu-like symptoms. Dorsey led the Hawks with 18 points. He was 7 of 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Rookie Trae Young added 15 points, five assists and two steals.
Hawks injury updates include Spellman return to practice

Hawks injury updates include Spellman return to practice

Hawks rookie Omari Spellman returned to practice Wednesday, the team announced with several other updates to injured players. Spellman experienced left shin soreness last month and an MRI confirmed soft tissue inflammation. Following seven days of rest, the forward is back to full basketball activity.
GMs favor Doncic for Rookie of the Year

GMs favor Doncic for Rookie of the Year

The annual general manager survey from NBA.com was released on Wednesday at the Hawks were absent from the most categories including ranking in the Eastern Conference and individual predictions such as MVP and best players by position. There were two notes of interest regarding rookies in the survey.
Hawks waive Cole Aldrich

Hawks waive Cole Aldrich

The Hawks waived center Cole Aldrich on Tuesday. The move brings the training camp roster to 19 players. Aldrich was signed to a non-guaranteed contract on Sept. 18. Aldrich did not appear in the Hawks’ exhibition opener Monday night.
Hawks top Pelicans in exhibition opener

Hawks top Pelicans in exhibition opener

De’Andre Bembry scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as the Atlanta Hawks defeated New Orleans 116-102 Monday in their exhibition opener at McCamish Pavilion. » Box score: Pelicans at Hawks (exhibition) John Collins added 18 points and Alex Poythress 13 as the Hawks (1-0) won in Lloyd Pierce’s preseason coaching debut.
Hawks (lengthy) draft pick summary

Hawks (lengthy) draft pick summary

As the Hawks continue their rebuild, general manager Travis Schlenk reminded again that the team could have as many as three first-round draft picks next season. The team added Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman in the 2018 draft and all could make an impact this season with the start of training camp on Tuesday. The Hawks could also have up to three second-round draft picks next year.
No move from power forward for Hawks’ Collins

No move from power forward for Hawks’ Collins

John Collins has been a power forward much of his basketball career. It appears he will remain in the role as he begins his second NBA season with the Hawks. Under head coach Mike Budenholzer, the power forward and center were described as interchangeable positions as there was an emphasis on spacing and the 3-point shot.
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