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Hawks need to find right coach after Mike Budenholzer quit on rebuild

Nobody looks good when somebody gets fired. Georgia fired Mark Richt because it felt it had hit a ceiling (fine). But athletic director Greg McGarity fumbled the news conference when he refused to take questions (not fine), further irritating a significant segment of the fan base that didn’t like him, anyway. The Braves fired Fredi Gonzalez because he was losing too many games (fine). But the...


Hawks player season review: Dewayne Dedmon

Hawks player season review: Dewayne Dedmon

Center Dewayne Dedmon joined the Hawks as a free agent last summer with the expectation that he would take on a bigger role after spending four seasons mostly as a lesser role player. That’s how it played out.  Dedmon posted career-highs in starts (46) and usage percentage (17.0). Both numbers likely would have been higher if not for a leg injury Dedmon suffered in November. He came off...
Hawks have NBA’s biggest drop in local TV ratings, report shows

Hawks have NBA’s biggest drop in local TV ratings, report shows

The Hawks’ TV ratings tanked this season, too.  Amid a 24-58 season on the court, the rebuilding Hawks had the NBA’s largest percentage decline in local TV ratings for the 2017-18 season, according to a SportsBusiness Journal analysis this week of league-wide data.  Nielsen ratings for Hawks telecasts on Fox Sports Southeast fell 53 percent from the 2016-17 season to an...
Hawks player season review: John Collins

Hawks player season review: John Collins

Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  It remains to be seen what kind of NBA player John Collins will be as a finished product. But, based on his performance as a rookie, Collins could generate excellent value for the Hawks as the No. 19 overall pick of the 2017 draft.  According...
Where Georgia ranks in spring game attendance

Where Georgia ranks in spring game attendance

With spring football practices winding down at colleges across the country, Georgia appears to have locked up the No. 2 spot in the spring-game attendance rankings.  Yes, everything gets ranked in college football – even spring game attendance.  Nebraska is going to win the spring attendance crown, having drawn an announced 86,818 for coach Scott Frost’s debut on Saturday. ...
Hawks player season review: Kent Bazemore

Hawks player season review: Kent Bazemore

Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Previous entries:  After a disappointing performance in 2016-17, Kent Bazemore was much better this season. In terms of Basketball Reference’s Value Over Replacement Player, a box-score metric, Bazemore was as good in 2017-18 as he...
I don’t see how Mike Budenholzer can remain Hawks coach

I don’t see how Mike Budenholzer can remain Hawks coach

Under the circumstances, I don’t see how Mike Budenholzer can remain Hawks head coach. As far as I know, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk hasn’t ruled out the possibility of keeping Budenholzer as coach even after he seeks out other jobs. But if Budenholzer were to remain it would be, in my view, an unworkable situation for the Hawks.  Budenholzer obviously wants out of Atlanta...
Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for their vacancy

Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for their vacancy

The Knicks will interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer for their vacant head coach position this weekend, according to a person with knowledge of New York’s plans. Budenholzer talked to the Suns this week about their open head coach position before deciding to withdraw from consideration Thursday.  Budenholzer declined to comment Friday.  His continued interest in other coaching jobs...
Hawks player season review: Dennis Schroder

Hawks player season review: Dennis Schroder

Over the next several days I’ll review each Hawks player that was on the roster at the end of the season, in descending order of minutes played.  Dennis Schroder was the lead player for the Hawks for the first time since the team drafted him in 2013. Schroder played 2,078 minutes in 67 games, and his 30.4 usage rate tied for sixth-highest in the NBA. The six players with equal or higher...

Baseball: Region champions and their tournament history

Baseball’s regular season concludes this weekend, and the state tournament begins Thursday. Here’s a look at the likely (or definite) region champions and their state-tournament history.   1 – Lowndes (19-9, 8-2) edged Colquitt County (18-9, 7-3) win the region. The Vikings are a frequent state-playoff team with eight quarterfinal-or-better finishes the past 20 years....
Hawks coach Budenholzer no longer seeking Suns job

Hawks coach Budenholzer no longer seeking Suns job

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer withdrew from consideration for the Suns’ head coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday night.  Budenholzer interviewed with Suns officials this week after the Hawks gave him permission to do so. He’s under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons after coaching them for the past five.  ESPN first reported Budenholzer&rsquo...
Hawks player season review: Taurean Prince

Hawks player season review: Taurean Prince

The departures of Thabo Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway from last season’s Hawks team opened a major role on the wing for Taurean Prince. Prince proved to be durable in his second pro season with 82 starts and 2,464 minutes played. Only seven other NBA players started every game this season.  Prince emerged as a legitimate high-volume 3-point shooter in his second pro season, which is a...
Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split

Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split

The Hawks have basically told one of the best coaches in franchise history, “If you want to go, go. We’ll even open the door for you.” Mike Budenholzer, who has two years and a reported $13 million remaining on his contract, has basically told the Hawks, “I think I can do better.” In so many ways, this makes no sense. Welcome to the world of sports, egos and, most of...
Three reasons Suns job could be more desirable for Hawks coach Budenholzer 

Three reasons Suns job could be more desirable for Hawks coach Budenholzer 

At first glance, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s interest in the Suns job doesn’t make much sense besides the franchise being located three hours from his hometown.  Budenholzer doesn’t want to be part of a long-term rebuild with the Hawks, but why would he exchange one tanking team for another? After surviving the dysfunction of the Hawks’ previous ownership, why would...
Hawks will play in Utah Jazz Summer League

Hawks will play in Utah Jazz Summer League

The Hawks will compete in the Utah Jazz Summer League in July before they depart for the Las Vegas Summer League. The Hawks will be one of the four teams in the Jazz Summer League and will play three games early in the month. An official announcement has not been made on the entrants or the schedule. The other teams are believed to be the Jazz, Spurs and 76ers. The Hawks replace the Celtics, who recently...
Why small improvement in Minnesota pick could be big for Hawks

Why small improvement in Minnesota pick could be big for Hawks

The Timberwolves were 36-25 on Feb. 23, good for the fifth-best record in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight.com’s statistical model projected Minnesota to finish 48-34, sixth-best in the NBA. If that’s how it turned out, the Hawks’ pick from the Timberwolves via trade would be No. 25 overall.  But the next night, Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler suffered a knee injury that required...
If Budenholzer bolts, what should Hawks get in return?

If Budenholzer bolts, what should Hawks get in return?

As a coach, Mike Budenholzer is top notch. Smart and demanding, even if he is prone to raise his voice at the kids every now and then. Give the man a whiteboard and he will draw up the sharpest inbounds play you’ve ever seen. A work of art, really.  Now that he is also an asset, coveted perhaps by one of the few teams worse than his own Hawks this season, it does no one any good to find...
What compensation could Hawks expect for letting Budenholzer leave?

What compensation could Hawks expect for letting Budenholzer leave?

If Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer decides to take another job, it almost certainly will cost his new team in the form of draft-pick compensation.  Budenholzer still is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons at about $14 million (his deal wasn’t altered when he gave up his personnel power in 2017). The Hawks have granted him permission to speak with the Suns about their open...
A guess: Budenholzer has coached his last Hawks game

A guess: Budenholzer has coached his last Hawks game

If I had to guess – and I don’t, but for the purposes of this exercise I will – I’d say Mike Budenholzer has coached his last game for the Atlanta Hawks. Once you’ve made the decision to interview for another job and that interview becomes public, it’s very difficult to return to the one you have. And I’m reasonably sure Budenholzer no longer cares much for...
Hawks grant Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to Suns about head coach vacancy

Hawks grant Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to Suns about head coach vacancy

The Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak to the Suns about their vacant head coaching position, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough confirmed to azcentral.com on Friday. Budenholzer, 48, has been Hawks coach for the past five seasons after spending 17 seasons as a Spurs assistant. The Hawks were 24-58 this season, last in the Eastern Conference, after they made the playoffs...
Hawks lose both tiebreakers for draft picks

Hawks lose both tiebreakers for draft picks

The Hawks lost both tiebreaker drawings involving their draft picks Friday.  The Mavericks won a tiebreaker against the Hawks and have the slightly better odds to win the No. 1 pick. The Mavs also will own an earlier pick than the Hawks if neither team wins one of the top three lottery picks.  The Mavericks have a 13.8 percent chance of winning the top pick and will get a pick no worse than...
NBA mock drafts: Experts see Hawks picking Jaren Jackson Jr. in top three

NBA mock drafts: Experts see Hawks picking Jaren Jackson Jr. in top three

The Hawks own three picks in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft. Their lottery pick will be between Nos. 1 and 7 overall, the pick they acquired from Minnesota is No. 18 or 19 and they have the No. 30 overall pick from Houston. The Hawks will find out the number of their first pick via the weighted lottery May 15, while tiebreaker drawings later today will determine the number of the second pick ...
Hawks’ Bembry suffered wrist fracture

Hawks’ Bembry suffered wrist fracture

Hawks swingman DeAndre’ Bembry’s bad injury luck continued into the offseason when the Hawks announced that he suffered a fractured right wrist. The team said Bembry would need four to six weeks to recover.  Bembry sustained the injury during the game at Boston on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the injury. A video replay of the game appeared to show Bembry jam his wrist...
The Hawks’ lottery candidates: Ayton, Bagley, Doncic et al.

The Hawks’ lottery candidates: Ayton, Bagley, Doncic et al.

The tanking Hawks – and I don’t say that with disapproval – tied with Dallas for the NBA’s third-worst record. According to the invaluable site Tankathon, they have a 13.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick via the lottery and a 42.8 percent shot of selecting in the top three. They cannot fall lower than No. 7.  NBAdraft.net assigns the No. 3 pick to the Hawks...
Gertz to represent Hawks at NBA Draft Lottery

Gertz to represent Hawks at NBA Draft Lottery

The Hawks hope they have a good luck charm in Jami Gertz. Gertz, the actress wife of Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler, will represent the team at the NBA Draft Lottery next month. The lottery will be held on May 15 in Chicago. The lottery will determine the draft order for the non-playoff teams. The Hawks finished tied for the third-worst record, with the Mavericks, in the NBA this season at 24-58...
Hawks will have significant cap space, flexibility this summer

Hawks will have significant cap space, flexibility this summer

The Hawks are one of just five teams projected to have significant salary-cap space this summer, but don’t expect the team to use it on top free agents. Instead, GM Travis Schlenk has said his plan is to use that space to absorb salaries in trades from teams looking to shed money while acquiring draft picks and promising young players. Schlenk predicts that as many as 16 teams will be subject...
Hawks have stake in draft tiebreaker drawings on Friday

Hawks have stake in draft tiebreaker drawings on Friday

The most significant drawing of ping-pong balls for the Hawks isn’t until next month, but they have a stake in the NBA draft tiebreaker drawings on Friday. That’s when the Hawks will find out if their lottery pick will be no later than sixth or seventh overall (tiebreak with the Mavericks) and if the pick they acquired from Minnesota will be 18th or 19th overall (tiebreaker with the Spurs)...
Hawks own three first-round draft picks after T-Wolves win

Hawks own three first-round draft picks after T-Wolves win

The Hawks will have three first-round picks in the 2018 draft.  The Timberwolves secured a playoff berth with a victory over the Nuggets on Wednesday and thus will send the lottery-protected pick to the Hawks via a 2015 trade. The pick will be No. 18 or No. 19 overall, depending on the result of a tiebreak between the Timberwolves and Spurs that is decided by a random drawing of ping-pong balls...
Hawks turn into huge Timberwolves fans on Twitter

Hawks turn into huge Timberwolves fans on Twitter

The Hawks are huge Minnesota Timberwolves fans. At least they were Wednesday night. The Hawks re-named their Twitter page as ‘Timberwolves’ #1 Fans’ because a Minnesota win over Denver meant the T-Wolves would earn a playoff spot and the Hawks would receive their first-round draft pick in the NBA draft. The Hawks acquired the lottery-protected pick from Minnesota in February...
Hawks have 14 percent chance to win No. 1 draft pick, will select no later than seventh

Hawks have 14 percent chance to win No. 1 draft pick, will select no later than seventh

The Hawks have about a 14 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft lottery and will select no later than seventh.  The Magic (25-57) beat the Wizards on Wednesday, leaving the Hawks (24-58) and Mavericks in a two-way tie for the NBA’s third-worst record. The Hawks and Mavericks will have a roughly equal chance of winning the lottery.  A weighted lottery is used to...
Hawks take solace in ‘bright spots’ from losing season

Hawks take solace in ‘bright spots’ from losing season

While waiting for questions from members of the media Wednesday, Hawks veteran Kent Bazemore offered his unsolicited assessment of the season.  “Great year,” Bazemore said cheerfully.  That drew laughter from reporters who assumed he was being sarcastic.  “No, seriously,” Bazemore said. “There’s a ton of positives.”  Bazemore was among...
Hawks offseason injury updates: Delaney, Bazemore, Schroder, Morris

Hawks offseason injury updates: Delaney, Bazemore, Schroder, Morris

The four Hawks players who ended the season sidelined by injury provided updates on their status headed into the offseason. Delaney had left ankle surgery Monday for an injury that kept him out for the final 18 games of the season. His recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks.  Delaney said he first suffered the injury while playing at Virginia Tech in 2010, but never allowed it to heal...
Biggest Hawks’ question: Is Budenholzer coming back?

Biggest Hawks’ question: Is Budenholzer coming back?

As the Hawks head into the offseason and the focus shifts to the obvious topics -- lucky ping-pong balls, potential draft picks and whether Dennis Schroder can make it through the summer without handcuffs – there’s one subject that has the potential to dwarf all others: Is Mike Budenholzer coming back? This isn’t about whether the Hawks should bring Budenholzer back as coach. They...
Hawks center Dedmon earned $900,000 in contract incentives

Hawks center Dedmon earned $900,000 in contract incentives

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon earned $900,000 in contract incentives on top of his $6 million salary during the 2018-19 season.  Dedmon earned the maximum incentives in his contract by surpassing thresholds of 41 games played with a combined average of 16 in points and rebounds. Dedmon played in 62 games and averaged 10 points and 7.9 rebounds.  Dedmon became a free agent last summer after...
Bazemore said ‘it hurts’ to see Hawks fans root for team to lose

Bazemore said ‘it hurts’ to see Hawks fans root for team to lose

The Hawks hurt their standing in the draft lottery by winning two games during the season’s final weekend. That created an upside-down scenario in which some Hawks fans expressed dismay because the team won games.  Two Hawks players, Kent Bazemore and Malcolm Delaney, responded to those fans on Twitter by explaining that players always play to win. Bazemore was asked about the development...
Hawks’ Schroder said he’s ‘not concerned’ about criminal battery case

Hawks’ Schroder said he’s ‘not concerned’ about criminal battery case

Hawks guard Dennis Schroder said he’s not worried about the outcome of his criminal case for battery in DeKalb County.  “I’m not concerned, really, right now,” Schroder said Wednesday, a day after the Hawks concluded their season. “I was focused on the season. Now I’ve got time to focus on it, talk to my lawyer about it. I think I meet him tomorrow, and then...
Hawks’ tank failed, but lottery luck and Minnesota win would help

Hawks’ tank failed, but lottery luck and Minnesota win would help

The Hawks met their future Tuesday night, or so they hope. They ended their season with a 121-113 loss to the team formerly known as the Philadelphia Tankopotamusses. Philly is 26-5 in the last 31 games, 50-31 overall and a darkhorse to win the Eastern Conference playoffs -- this from a team that in the previous four seasons did everything but send players onto the court blindfolded or with hubcaps...
Hawks finish tied for third in draft lottery standings

Hawks finish tied for third in draft lottery standings

The Hawks finished the season tied for third in the NBA draft lottery standings.  The Hawks (24-58) lost to the Sixers on Tuesday and the Mavericks (24-58) lost to the Suns. The Magic (24-57) also would tie for the NBA’s third-worst record if they lose at home on Wednesday to the Wizards.  The Suns (20-62) finished with the worst record in the league and thus will have the best odds...
Ten observations: Sixers 121, Hawks 113

Ten observations: Sixers 121, Hawks 113

The Sixers came to Philips Arena on a franchise record-tying 14-game winning streak. They needed a win to maintain the No. 3 playoff seed in the East and thus stay on the same side of the bracket as injury-riddled Boston and opposite top seed Toronto and LeBron James. A defeat would benefit the Hawks in the draft lottery but they’ve finished out the season playing to win. The Hawks gave a professional...
Game preview: Hawks close season against streaking Sixers at Philips Arena

Game preview: Hawks close season against streaking Sixers at Philips Arena

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Jaylen Morris (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (ankle) are out.  Sixers—Joel Embiid (oribital/concussion) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee) are out; Ben Simmons (ill) is questionable. ...
Leadoff: Hawks fans ‘say goodbye to the arena as they know it’ tonight

Leadoff: Hawks fans ‘say goodbye to the arena as they know it’ tonight

The Hawks’ final game of the season tonight also will be their final game at Philips Arena in its current form.  The interior of the arena will be dramatically different – “from roofline to baseline,” as Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says – when next season begins.  The arena is scheduled to close April 22, after hosting concerts April 20 and 21, for six months of...
Hawks still can get 2018 first-round draft pick from Minnesota

Hawks still can get 2018 first-round draft pick from Minnesota

The Hawks still could have three first-round picks in the 2018 draft.  The Timberwolves remained alive for a playoff berth after Monday’s results. If the Timberwolves beat the Nuggets at home on Wednesday, they would be assured of qualifying for the playoffs and thus send their 2018 first-round draft pick to the Hawks. The Hawks (24-57) already will have their own lottery pick plus Houston&rsquo...
Hawks will finish no better than third in draft lottery standings

Hawks will finish no better than third in draft lottery standings

The Hawks can finish no better than third in the NBA draft lottery standings after the Grizzlies lost to the Timberwolves on Monday night. With one game left for each team, the Grizzlies (22-59) will finish the season with a worse record than the Hawks (24-57). The Hawks are tied for the NBA’s third-worst record with the Mavericks and Magic, who lost to the Bucks on Monday night. The Suns (20-61)...
Game preview: Victory over Hawks will clinch playoff berth for Heat

Game preview: Victory over Hawks will clinch playoff berth for Heat

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, AmericanAirlines Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Jaylen Morris (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (ankle) are out; Antonius Cleveland (ankle) is doubtful; DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal) is probable.  Heat—Dion Waiters (ankle) is...
Big day for BayHawks with playoff win, Rose honor

Big day for BayHawks with playoff win, Rose honor

It was a big day for the Erie BayHawks, the Hawks’ NBA G League affiliate, which won its first-round playoff game and had general manager Malik Rose named the league’s executive of the year on Saturday. The BayHawks defeated the Lakeland Magic, 96-90, at home in a single-elimination game they led by as many as 23 points. The BayHawks advance to play at the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in a second-round...
Police identify two suspects in death of Bembry’s brother

Police identify two suspects in death of Bembry’s brother

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have identified two suspects in the 2016 murder of Adrian Potts, brother of Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry. The police department issued a statement Friday identifying Ferguson Laurent and Anthony Eugene Gill as suspects in the case. Both are now deceased. According to police, both were killed in Salisbury, N.C., Laurent on Nov. 3, 2016 and Gill on...
Steve Holman Jr. Media Award Fund established at Woodward Academy

Steve Holman Jr. Media Award Fund established at Woodward Academy

The Steve Holman Jr. Media Award Fund has been established at Woodward Academy in memory of the 1998 graduate of the school. The award will be presented annually at the senior banquet to honor a member of the graduating class who has made a significant contribution to student journalism at Woodward Academy in student publications or WATV and is interesting in pursuing journalism in college. Holman...
Hawks: Bembry on injured list at close of disappointing season

Hawks: Bembry on injured list at close of disappointing season

On Feb. 12, when DeAndre’ Bembry was set to return from a groin injury that had him on the shelf for most of six weeks, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer cited “the most fundamental thing” necessary for Bembry to salvage his second NBA season.  “I think he’s got to take care of himself and find a way to stay healthy,” Budenholzer said.  Three games later...
Sprained ankles continue to plagued Hawks

Sprained ankles continue to plagued Hawks

The Hawks go into tonight’s game against the Timberwolves with an injury list of seven players – one probable and six out. Five of the seven players on the list are dealing with ankle injuries. It’s something the Hawks have been far too familiar with this season. Here’s the Hawks injury report for tonight’s game with five of the seven players having ankle issues: John...
Game preview: East-worst Hawks at league-best Rockets

Game preview: East-worst Hawks at league-best Rockets

When/where: 8 p.m. today, Toyota Center  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal), Antonius Cleveland (ankle), Malcolm Delaney (ankle) and Jaylen Morris (ankle) are out; Dennis Schroder (ankle) is questionable; John Collins (ankle) is probable.  Rockets—Ryan Anderson...
Hawks sign Jaylen Morris to multi-year deal

Hawks sign Jaylen Morris to multi-year deal

The Hawks added to their collection of wing prospects by signing rookie Jaylen Morris to a multi-year contract on Wednesday. Morris had played for the Hawks on the maximum allowable two 10-day contracts.  Morris, 22, has played six games for the Hawks with averages of 16.3 minutes, 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury during a game against...
Game preview: Injury-thinned Hawks begin western swing at surging Jazz

Game preview: Injury-thinned Hawks begin western swing at surging Jazz

When/where: 9 p.m. today, Vivint Smart Home Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal), Antonius Cleveland (ankle), John Collins (ankle), Malcolm Delaney (ankle) and Jaylen Morris (ankle) are out.  Jazz—Derrick Favors (knee), Raul Neto (wrist), Thabo Sefolosha...
Hawks could get Collins back by weekend

Hawks could get Collins back by weekend

The Hawks hope to have John Collins back from a left ankle sprain by the weekend, according to a person familiar with the situation. The rookie starting forward will miss tonight’s game at the Jazz and likely Wednesday’s game at the Kings, the first two contests on a five-game western road trip. A lot will depend on how Collins’ ankle responded to the lengthy flight to Utah on Monday...
Collins out versus Jazz with left ankle sprain

Collins out versus Jazz with left ankle sprain

The Hawks will be without starting forward John Collins for Tuesday’s game against the Jazz due to a left ankle sprain. The rookie was listed on the team’s injury report on Monday before the second of a six-game road trip. Collins did travel with the team on Monday. Collins was injured in Saturday’s loss at the Bucks when he came down on the foot of Giannis Antetokounmpo while shooting...
Hawks - again - transfer White from G League

Hawks - again - transfer White from G League

The Hawks just might set a record for number of transactions with their G League affiliate. For the fourth time in four days, the Hawks made a roster move involving forward Andrew White, who is on a two-way contract, moving to and from the Erie (Pa.) BayHawks. White was transferred to Atlanta on Monday ahead of a five-game western road trip that begins Tuesday at the Jazz. White was sent to Erie on...
Bucks hand Hawks their 50th loss

Bucks hand Hawks their 50th loss

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 122-117 win over the Hawks on Saturday. The Bucks finished off the Eastern Conference's worst team with a game-ending 11-5 run, pushing the pace after the Hawks lost Dennis Schroder. The guard fouled out with 2:46 left, and was called for a technical foul after exchanging words...
Hawks transfer White back from Erie

Hawks transfer White back from Erie

The Hawks transferred forward Andrew White from the Erie BayHawks, the team’s NBA G League affiliate, on Saturday White is on a two-way contract. He was reassigned to Erie on Friday, a day the BayHawks were idle. The Hawks listed starting forward Taurean Prince (right peroneal nerve irritation) as probable on Friday’s injury report in advance of tonight’s game at the Bucks.
Prince, Taylor added to Hawks’ injury report as probable

Prince, Taylor added to Hawks’ injury report as probable

The Hawks’ lengthy injury got a little longer but the new additions are listed as probable. Taurean Prince (right peroneal nerve irritation) and Isaiah Taylor (upper back spasm) are listed as probable ahead of Saturday’s game at the Bucks. In addition: Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise), DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal strain), Antonius Cleveland (left ankle surgery rehab), Malcolm...
Hawks’ lengthy injury report minus three probables

Hawks’ lengthy injury report minus three probables

The Hawks’ lengthy injury report got a little shorter on Wednesday. In advance of Thursday’s home game against the Hornets, Dennis Schroder (elbow), Isaiah Taylor (ankle) and Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) were off the report. All three were listed as probable and played in Tuesday’s loss to the Thunder. Kent Bazemore (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal), Antonius Cleveland (ankle)...
Game preview: Short-handed Hawks host surging Thunder

Game preview: Short-handed Hawks host surging Thunder

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Kent Bazemore (knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal), Antonius Cleveland (ankle), Malcolm Delaney (ankle) and Jaylen Morris (ankle) are out; Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle), Dennis Schroder (elbow) and Isaiah Taylor (ankle) are probable.  Thunder&mdash...
Hawks reflect on end of playoffs streak, look to future

Hawks reflect on end of playoffs streak, look to future

It’s long been apparent that the Hawks wouldn’t make the playoffs this season, ending a 10-year streak of postseason berths for the franchise.  Yet Hawks center Mike Muscala, who played on four of those teams, said it still was jarring to see headlines about the streak coming to an end.  “That was a little unfortunate to read,” Muscala said. “But we have to...
New Hawks signee Lee likely to make NBA debut tonight

New Hawks signee Lee likely to make NBA debut tonight

The Hawks signed swingman Damion Lee to a 10-day contract on Tuesday morning. Chances are Lee will make his NBA debut against the Thunder Tuesday night because the Hawks are so thin at the wing positions.  “I’m ready for it,” Lee said. “I feel like I’ve worked very hard to get to this position and just go out there and treat it like it’s another game.&rdquo...
Bazemore says his ‘good year overall’ makes injury easier to accept

Bazemore says his ‘good year overall’ makes injury easier to accept

For the second year in a row, Hawks guard Kent Bazemore’s season was marred by injury. The difference is, after nagging ailments contributed to a down season in 2016-17, Bazemore was having a much better year when he sustained a right knee bone bruise on Sunday.  Bazemore said that made it easier to accept the bad luck of the season-ending injury.  “I’m in a great place...
Hawks rookie Morris to miss two weeks with ankle injury

Hawks rookie Morris to miss two weeks with ankle injury

Hawks rookie Jaylen Morris is expected to miss about two weeks after he suffered a left ankle sprain on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the prognosis. Morris suffered the injury during the first half of a game against the Bulls at Philips Arena.  The Hawks had signed Morris to a second 10-day contract before the game. If the Hawks want to retain Morris after the current deal expires...
Hawks guard Bazemore out for season with bone bruise

Hawks guard Bazemore out for season with bone bruise

Hawks veteran guard Kent Bazemore will miss the rest of the season with a bone bruise in his right knee, the team confirmed on Monday. Bazemore suffered the injury on Sunday during a game against the Bulls at Philips Arena. The Hawks (20-47) were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday and have 15 games remaining. Their final game is on April 10.  Bazemore, 28, had a down season in...
Hawks recall Tyler Cavanaugh from G League

Hawks recall Tyler Cavanaugh from G League

The Hawks recalled forward Tyler Cavanaugh from the team’s G League affiliate in Erie (Pa.) on Monday. Cavanaugh has been on a rehabilitation stint after suffering an ankle injury that has kept him out since Jan. 17. He was assigned to Erie on Feb. 28. In 30 games with the Hawks, Cavanaugh averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.8 minutes. In 11 games with Erie, including five starts, he averaged...
After benching, Hawks’ Prince erupts for career-high 38 points

After benching, Hawks’ Prince erupts for career-high 38 points

Less than 48 hours after Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer benched Taurean Prince, the second-year forward nearly carried his short-handed team to victory with a career-best performance.  Prince scored a career-high 38 points on Sunday, including 16 in the fourth quarter, as the Hawks fell 129-122 to the Bulls. Prince was the main offensive threat for the Hawks with leading scorer Dennis Schroder...
Ten observations: Bulls 129, Hawks 122

Ten observations: Bulls 129, Hawks 122

This was a weird matinee game featuring two teams headed to the draft lottery and playing with makeshift lineups and selective defensive effort. The Hawks dominated early and the Bulls controlled the middle. The game tightened again late in the third quarter before the Bulls started raining 3-pointers.  Then the Hawks started making 3-pointers, too, trimming a 112-101 lead at 4:43 to 118-115...
Hawks guard Schroder out with injury

Hawks guard Schroder out with injury

The Hawks said point guard Dennis Schroder is out for Sunday’s game against the Bulls because of an elbow injury. Isaiah Taylor was set to replace Schroder in the starting lineup.  Schroder has started 62 of 66 games this season, including the past seven. Schroder played 24 minutes during the Hawks’ 112-87 loss at Indiana on Friday.  Schroder leads the Hawks in points (19.2)...
Game preview: Bulls visit Hawks under scrutiny for tanking 

Game preview: Bulls visit Hawks under scrutiny for tanking 

When/where: 3:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal), Antonius Cleveland (ankle) and Malcolm Delaney (ankle) are out; Dennis Schroder (elbow) is questionable; Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is probable.  Bulls—Paul Zipser (foot) is doubtful.  What to watch...
Hawks to sign Jaylen Morris to second 10-day contract

Hawks to sign Jaylen Morris to second 10-day contract

Update: The Hawks announced the signing of Morris to a second 10-day contract Sunday afternoon. The Hawks and rookie guard Jaylen Morris have reached agreement on a second 10-day contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The move hasn’t been announced but will become official before the Hawks play the Bulls Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena.  Morris made his NBA debut on Feb...
Dorsey’s defensive stand against Suns was significant 

Dorsey’s defensive stand against Suns was significant 

Taurean Prince’s game-winning 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a win over the Suns in the final seconds on Sunday deserves attention. It was not the exclamation point.  Hawks rookie Tyler Dorsey’s coverage of Devin Booker should be highlighted - especially on what could have been the Suns’ leading scorer’s own game-winning shot with 0.4 seconds left. Booker struggled early...
Ten observations from Hawks 113, Suns 112

Ten observations from Hawks 113, Suns 112

The Hawks outlasted a contested game against the Suns, 113-112, that included 24 lead changes and was tied 11 times Sunday at Philips Arena. Here are a few observations from the Hawks’ second win in five days: 1. The Hawks won on a 3-pointer by Taurean Prince with 7.6 seconds left. “You just imagine when you’re in your backyard or playing (NBA) 2K, things of that sort,&rdquo...
Hawks sign Antonius Cleveland to second 10-day contract

Hawks sign Antonius Cleveland to second 10-day contract

The Hawks signed guard Antonius Cleveland to a second 10-day contract, the team announced Sunday. The undrafted rookie out of Southeast Missouri State, who signed his first 10-day contract with the Hawks on Feb. 22, has not yet played a game due to rehab for a left ankle surgery from December. When asked if Cleveland could potentially play before his second 10-day contract is over, Hawks coach...
Game Preview: Suns at Hawks

Game Preview: Suns at Hawks

When/where: 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Probable starters: Hawks: John Collins, Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon, Dennis Schroder and Tyler Dorsey Suns: T.J. Warren, Dragan Bender, Tyson Chandler, Devin Booker and Efrid Payton. Inactives:  Hawks: Kent Bazemore (rest), DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal strain), Antonius Cleveland...
Observations from the Hawks’ 114-109 loss to the Warriors

Observations from the Hawks’ 114-109 loss to the Warriors

The Hawks took the reigning NBA champions on a thrill ride Friday night at Philips Arena. In the first matchup between the Golden State Warriors and former general manager Travis Schlenk since his move to Atlanta, the Hawks put up a fight for 48 minutes, but lost 114-109 behind 28-point performances by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Here are some observations from the loss: Although the Hawks played...
Game Preview: Warriors at Hawks

Game Preview: Warriors at Hawks

When/where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Philips Arena TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Hawks: John Collins, Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore Warriors: Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Inactives  Hawks: DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal strain), Antonius Cleveland (left ankle surgery rehab)...
Schroder’s baskets lift Hawks but he says: ‘I’ve got to start it with defense’

Schroder’s baskets lift Hawks but he says: ‘I’ve got to start it with defense’

Dennis Schroder converted three driving scores in the final two minutes as the Hawks beat the Pacers 107-102 on Wednesday night at Philips Arena.  But, in Schroder’s view, those plays weren’t why the Hawks won.  Instead, the Hawks turned back the Pacers with energetic and spirited defense. And Schroder, whose defense has been lackluster for much of the season, was a big...
Hours after signing with Hawks, Morris makes NBA debut

Hours after signing with Hawks, Morris makes NBA debut

Jaylen Morris signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks Wednesday morning. A few hours later he was active for their game against the Pacers. Within eight minutes of game time Morris was making his NBA debut, and by the end of the first quarter he’d scored his first basket. “That was a dream come true to come here, be here for a day and play on the biggest level,” Morris said after...
Game preview: Hawks get rematch with Pacers 

Game preview: Hawks get rematch with Pacers 

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks— Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle), Antonius Cleveland (ankle) and DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal) are out; Malcolm Delaney (knee) is questionable.  Pacers— Darren Collison (knee) is out.  What to watch for: The Hawks (18-43) have lost...
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