Young hits floater with 4.4 left, Hawks beat Heat 111-110
Heat Hawks Basketball Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry, left, attempts to steal the ball from Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Friday, April 22, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brett Davis) (Brett Davis)ATLANTA — (AP) — Trae Young hit a floater in the lane with 4.4 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half to beat top-seeded Miami 111-110 on Friday night, cutting the Heat's series lead to 2-1. The Hawks led by 11 in the first half and were still up 68-63 when Hunter hit a 3-pointer with just under eight minutes remaining in the third. Even though Young hit only 2 of 7 shots in the first half, the Hawks led at the break for the first time in the series. Danilo Gallinari had 11 points, five Atlanta players made 3s and the Hawks were up 61-54 heading to the locker room.wftv.com
Injuries make road back to NBA Finals bumpy for Suns, Bucks
Bulls Bucks Basketball Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton drives past Chicago Bulls' DeMar DeRozan during the first half of Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff basketball game Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash)The road back to the NBA Finals has become bumpy for the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. The Suns will be at New Orleans, while the Bucks make the short trip to Chicago. The Suns returned this season and soared through the best regular season in franchise history, rolling to an NBA-best 64-18 record. The Bulls outscored the Bucks by 16 points in the 38 minutes when he was on the floor.wftv.com
Robinson makes eight 3s, Heat top Hawks 115-91 in Game 1
Hawks Heat Basketball Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) goes to the basket as Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, left, and forward John Collins (20) defend during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Miami. Robinson scored 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting for the Heat, 8 of 9 from 3-point range. Butler revealed the Heat game plan when it comes to defending Young: “Just make it physical on him, challenge every shot, keep him off the free throw line and make him pass," he said. There have now been 69 players all-time to start a playoff game for the Heat. ROBINSON'S DAYRobinson's eight 3s were the second-most in NBA playoff history by a reserve.wftv.com
Robinson makes eight 3s, Heat top Hawks 115-91 in Game 1
Duncan Robinson set a Miami playoff record with eight 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat forced Trae Young into matching the worst-shooting game of his career on the way to a 115-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday.
Collins, Williams out for Hawks in play-in game vs Hornets
ATLANTA — (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks were missing John Collins and Lou Williams for their NBA play-in game Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets. Collins hasn't played since March 11 because of a right ring finger sprain and a sprained right foot. He has resumed 4-on-4 workouts but is still not ready for game action. He has played only one game, for less than 17 minutes, since Feb. 7. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Bucks' Antetokounmpo leaves game with apparent knee injury
Bucks Hawks Basketball Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket as Atlanta Hawks' John Collins (20) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) defend during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Brynn Anderson)ATLANTA — (AP) — Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered an apparent knee injury and was forced to leave the Milwaukee Bucks' Eastern Conference finals game against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Following a slow start to the game, Antetokounmpo had scored eight of his 14 points in the opening minutes of the second half. Following the jam by Capela, the Hawks led 62-52 when the Bucks' star left the game. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Collins' size a key in Hawks' matchup against Giannis, Bucks
Hawks 76ers Basketball Atlanta Hawks' John Collins, left, and Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid talk during the first half of Game 7 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Philadelphia. To better appreciate the power forward's vital role, try to imagine the Hawks' matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals without Collins' size and athleticism. I love it.”After the Game 7 win win, Collins wore a T-shirt with an image of him dunking on Joel Embiid in the series. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Collins did more than dunk to help the Hawks beat the 76ers in their grueling matchup. With the chance the Hawks could lose Collins in free agency, his name was mentioned in trade talks during the season.wftv.com
Curry, Harris help 76ers stay alive, hold off Hawks 104-99
76ers Hawks Basketball Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) as he looks for an opening during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series Friday, June 18, 2021, in Atlanta. Tobias Harris also had 24 points, making four free throws in the final 13 seconds to protect the lead. Atlanta led by 12 points in the first period, and never trailed in the first half. Collins' jumper to open the game helped Atlanta score 10 of the game's first 12 points. A steal and free throw by Kevin Huerter, who had 17 points, stretched the advantage to 12 points for the first time at 20-8.wftv.com
Young leads Hawks' rally past Sixers with Embiid hurting
76ers Hawks Basketball Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young (11) reacts after he scores during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Atlanta. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Hawks, and John Collins had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tobias Harris scored 20 points for the Sixers, and Seth Curry had 17, missing a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Young missed his first five shots from the field and had his right shoulder wrapped when he sat on the bench early in the second quarter. Young's frustration showed when he complained after being called for a foul on Embiid in the second quarter, leading to a technical foul.wftv.com
Hawks, Nuggets hope home court provides edge in semifinals
Hawks 76ers Basketball Philadelphia 76ers' Seth Curry, left, goes up for a shot past Atlanta Hawks' John Collins during the first half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum)ATLANTA — (AP) — John Collins already has seen what playoff success has done to raise the hometown excitement for the Atlanta Hawks. The Suns hold a 2-0 lead over the Nuggets in their Western Conference semifinal in a series that Phoenix seems to be in total control. In Atlanta, the Hawks announced a sellout on Thursday for Game 3 and said only a few seats remain for Monday's Game 4. "He loves the big stage and thrives in it.”Young has averaged 28.9 points in seven playoff games.wftv.com
Young leads Hawks to 113-96 win over Knicks, 3-1 series lead
Knicks Hawks Basketball Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young, right, dribbles against New York Knicks' Reggie Bullock (25) during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Atlanta. The Hawks will look to wrap up their first playoff series victory since 2016 when they travel to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday night. Young scored nine points, Collins added seven and Bogdan Bogdanovic closed out the third with a 3-pointer that had the big crowd bouncing in their seats. The Hawks romped to the biggest blowout of the series, befuddling New York's defense with their dazzling array of shooters. Hawks: C Clint Capela reached double figures in rebounds (15) for the fourth straight time in the series and 30th time in his postseason career.wftv.com
The Latest: NBA's Hawks to increase attendance in playoffs
Bulls Hawks Basketball Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, left, and John Collins (20) battle Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine (45) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Atlanta. The team has been allowing about 3,000 fans per game in its 17,000-seat arena during the regular season. It plans to increase that total to 7,625 for the playoffs. A section with about 500 seats will be available behind the existing courtside seating for those who are fully vaccinated. The Hawks will still require all fans to wear masks and maintain social distancing.wftv.com
LeBron James sprains right ankle in loss, out indefinitely
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James holds his ankle after going down with an injury during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES – LeBron James left in the second quarter with a high right ankle sprain that the Lakers said will sideline him indefinitely, and Los Angeles went on to fall 99-94 to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Two hours after the game, the Lakers announced that James is out indefinitely. Harrell suggested Hill's actions during James' injury were “not a basketball play,” and said the officials should have considered giving him more than a personal foul. UP NEXTHawks: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday nightLakers: At Phoenix on Sunday night.
Young scores 32 as Hawks rally from 19 down to beat Magic
The star guard scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with eight seconds remaining as Atlanta rallied from 19 down in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic 115-112 on Wednesday night. McMillan took over Monday when Atlanta fired Lloyd Pierce following a 14-20 start. Atlanta took its first lead at 111-110 when Tony Snell drilled a corner 3 off a feed from Young with 1:09 to play. “It’s no statement to anybody but ourselves that we can win games,” Young said. Magic: Evan Fournier missed his 15th game, this time because of a groin strain sustained Monday while scoring 26 points.
John Wall back on floor, NBA opens preseason in empty arenas
Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford talks to players during a timeout in the first half of the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. The NBA preseason — a truncated 49-game, nine-day sprint — opened Friday with a five-game slate, action returning to NBA arenas for the first time in exactly nine months. 8 pick Obi Toppin of the Knicks, got their first NBA minutes. Paul George had 10 for the Clippers and Kawhi Leonard managed three in 14 minutes. Both teams shot exactly 30 for 84 from the field, and none of the Clippers' starters logged even 15 minutes.
Coaching can wait: Rondo plots future, but stays in present
For the first time in his long career, Rondo is the oldest guy on the team. “To be honest, I’ve been doing that for the last five or six years of my career,” Rondo said. I've been working to understand young talent, understand the (collective bargaining agreement). This is a young team with so much upside and versatility. ... We're on the the upswing for great things here in the city of Atlanta.”His future career can wait.