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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Hawks view Antonius Cleveland as long-term prospect
 Hawks rookie guard Antonius Cleveland is scheduled to be cleared for on-court activities early next week. The Hawks plan to sign him to a second 10-day contract when his current one expires and, if all goes well, eventually offer him a contract for next season.  Following that plan the Hawks at minimum would get to work with Cleveland...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Hawks rookie guard Antonius Cleveland is scheduled to be cleared for on-court activities early next week. The Hawks plan to sign him to a second 10-day contract when his current one expires and, if all goes well, eventually offer him a contract for next season.  Following that plan the Hawks at minimum would get to work with Cleveland...
Isaiah Taylor stands out but Hawks lose to Pacers
 Isaiah Taylor scored 17 off the bench but he Hawks lost to the Pacers 116-93 in Indiana Friday night. Dennis Schroder finished with just nine points and a 3-of-12 shooting night. The Hawks (18-42) host the Lakers Monday at 7:30.

Posted: a day ago

Isaiah Taylor scored 17 off the bench but he Hawks lost to the Pacers 116-93 in Indiana Friday night. Dennis Schroder finished with just nine points and a 3-of-12 shooting night. The Hawks (18-42) host the Lakers Monday at 7:30.
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pacers
 Save for a brief stretch of spirited play early in the fourth quarter, the Hawks had nothing. They were ragged with the ball and the Pacers took advantage with a barrage of steals and transition scores—several times they just plain beat the Hawks back down the floor. By the time the Pacers opened up 23-point lead late midway through...

Posted: a day ago

Save for a brief stretch of spirited play early in the fourth quarter, the Hawks had nothing. They were ragged with the ball and the Pacers took advantage with a barrage of steals and transition scores—several times they just plain beat the Hawks back down the floor. By the time the Pacers opened up 23-point lead late midway through...
Hawks, Ilyasova reach tentative buyout agreement
 The Hawks and forward Ersan Ilyasova tentatively agreed to a buyout of the remainder of his contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Once Ilyasova accepts a buyout and clears waivers, as expected, he will be free to sign with any other team for the rest of the season. Ilyasova’s contract expires at the end of...

Posted: a day ago

The Hawks and forward Ersan Ilyasova tentatively agreed to a buyout of the remainder of his contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Once Ilyasova accepts a buyout and clears waivers, as expected, he will be free to sign with any other team for the rest of the season. Ilyasova’s contract expires at the end of...
Game preview: Hawks begin post-break schedule at streaking Pacers
 When/where: 7 p.m. today, Bankers Life Fieldhouse  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Malcolm Delaney (knee), Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) and Antonius Cleveland (ankle) are out; Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is questionable.  Pacers—Darren Collison (knee) is out...

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When/where: 7 p.m. today, Bankers Life Fieldhouse  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Malcolm Delaney (knee), Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) and Antonius Cleveland (ankle) are out; Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is questionable.  Pacers—Darren Collison (knee) is out...
Next step for Hawks rookie Collins: ‘Shoot the damn ball’ for three 
 Hawks rookie John Collins has attempted just 19 3-point shots in the NBA. That’s not nearly enough to determine if he can be a good 3-point shooter.  But he’s attempted 15 of those 3-pointers over his past 21 games, making six, after he’d missed four attempts over his previous 32 games. Collins said that’s enough...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hawks rookie John Collins has attempted just 19 3-point shots in the NBA. That’s not nearly enough to determine if he can be a good 3-point shooter.  But he’s attempted 15 of those 3-pointers over his past 21 games, making six, after he’d missed four attempts over his previous 32 games. Collins said that’s enough...
Watch: I talk Hawks on Fox Sports Southeast
 Today I joined Mike Conti of 92.9 The Game and Fox Sports South writer Zach Dillard. (If you watch, please keep in mind there’s a reason I’m a writer and not a talker.) <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]...

Posted: 2 days ago

Today I joined Mike Conti of 92.9 The Game and Fox Sports South writer Zach Dillard. (If you watch, please keep in mind there’s a reason I’m a writer and not a talker.) <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]...
As some teams tank, Budenholzer says Hawks will stay the course
 For the first practice after the All-Star break, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he added a “wrinkle here or a new play there” but doesn’t anticipate making any “drastic changes” to the way his team plays over its final 23 games. That includes how he distributes playing time among his veteran and young players...

Posted: 3 days ago

For the first practice after the All-Star break, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he added a “wrinkle here or a new play there” but doesn’t anticipate making any “drastic changes” to the way his team plays over its final 23 games. That includes how he distributes playing time among his veteran and young players...
Mark Cuban says ‘losing is best option’ for Mavs. Do Hawks feel the same?
 What Mavericks franchise owner Mark Cuban said on Julius Erving’s podcast Monday isn’t that controversial. It’s just that he said the unspeakable, at least for people in his position. "I'm probably not supposed to say this but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know...

Posted: 4 days ago

What Mavericks franchise owner Mark Cuban said on Julius Erving’s podcast Monday isn’t that controversial. It’s just that he said the unspeakable, at least for people in his position. "I'm probably not supposed to say this but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know...