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The Atlanta Hawks evened their preseason record at 1-1 with an 87-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday. Here are some observations from the first two preseason games: Lets be clear about one thing first. There is no compari...
The Atlanta Hawks evened their preseason record at 1-1 with an 87-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday. Here are some observations from the first two preseason games: Lets be clear about one thing first. There is no comparison to the defense that Miami played on Monday and what they faced from the Bobcats on Tuesday. However, Atlanta looked much more fluid on the offensive end against the Bobcats and it was much clearer at what they were trying to do. Mike Scott continues to make me look foolish for suggesting that his roster spot could be in trouble. He followed up a solid performance against the Heat with 19 points and six rebounds against the Bobcats. Right now he looks extremely confident and more importantly like he belongs in the league. If he keeps playing like this the question won't be about his roster spot but rather who he is replacing in the team's rotation in the frontcourt. Elton Brand showed exactly why he has been able to stick in the league for this long. His offense has faded somewhat over time but he is still a great positional defender as indicated by his seven blocks which many were the result of simply being in the right place. With Ayon down for at least the first month Brand becomes that much more important. Saw a lot of good and a lot of bad from rookie Dennis Schröder who finished with nine points and seven assists including the game winner. He did also go 4-15 from the field (1-7 from deep) with five turnovers and got baited into several foul calls by veteran Ramon Sessions. Expect the coaching staff to reel him in somewhat as the preseason rolls on but I like his fearlessness. He is a pest defensively and just needs experience. He looks as good as advertised. Atlanta employed a two point guard look a couple of different times with Jeff Teague and Royal Ivey pairing with Schröder. There will be nights where the matchup on the defensive end makes that difficult to pull off but it gives the Hawks a very dynamic look in the backcourt. Damien Wilkins played over 15 minutes against the Bobcats at the small forward and shooting guard position. Looked like he forced things a bit but held his own defensively. He finished with four points, four rebounds and three assists. Ivey also saw his first action of the preseason and performed well with six points, five rebounds, one assist to go along with three steals. The team returns to Atlanta with four days to prepare for their next preseason game on Sunday. We could see the first cuts of the preseason as many teams have already begun paring down their rosters.
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Gustavo Ayon was injured in his preseason debut for the Hawks. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Atlanta Hawks backup big man Gustavo Ayon will miss the next 4-8 weeks with a shoulder injury. The PF/C returned to Atlanta for an MRI exam on...
Gustavo Ayon was injured in his preseason debut for the Hawks. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Atlanta Hawks backup big man Gustavo Ayon will miss the next 4-8 weeks with a shoulder injury. The PF/C returned to Atlanta for an MRI exam on Tuesday and it revealed he has inflammation in his shoulder and a rotator cuff strain. Ayon got injured in the first quarter of Monday’s preseason opener against the Heat in Miami when he was chasing after a loose ball and got his arm twisted when he and Heat point guard Norris Cole collided. Ayon was only on the court for 3 minutes and 41 seconds when the injury occurred. Atlanta acquired Ayon in late July to solidify the teams frontcourt after bolstering the former weak spot with the signings of fellow big men Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and Pero Anti?. The 6’10” Mexican native spent the majority of last season with Orlando, until he was packaged with J.J. Redick and shipped out to Milwaukee on the trade deadline. After the season ended, the Bucks released him on July 25 — he was claimed off waivers by the Hawks four days later. Ayon broke into the NBA in December of 2011 when he signed with the New Orleans Hornets after playing for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spain. After his rookie season in New Orleans, he was traded to Orlando in a sign-and-trade deal for Ryan Anderson. The 28-year-old has been a member of Mexico’s national basketball team since 2007. He recently led the squad to a gold medal game victory against Puerto Rico at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, and was named MVP of the tournament. Ayon has an injury-riddled history since his rookie year in the NBA. He only appeared in 54 games (24 starts) with New Orleans in 2011-12. Then, 43 games (3 starts) with Orlando and 12 games (0 starts) with Milwaukee in 2012-13. Last season was especially tough from him because he missed time due to a broken toe followed by a knee injury. The Hawks tip-off the regular-season on October 30th, which would be 3 weeks after Ayon’s diagnosis. If the initial time table of 4-8 weeks is accurate and they are no setbacks in his recovery, he should be back 1-5 weeks after the season opener. That means the earliest likely return of Ayon will be for the Nov. 9th game at home vs Orlando (his former team), which would only be five games into the season, or the latest being sometime during Atlanta’s four-game home stand from Dec. 4th to Dec. 13th, when 19 games would have passed. Regardless of when Ayon comes back, I’m sure I can speak for all Hawks fans in wishing him a healthy and speedy recovery. Don’t forget to “Like” the Soaring Down South Facebook page and “Follow” us on Twitter @SoaringDwnSouth to get up-to-date Atlanta Hawks/NBA news, rumors and analysis conveniently in your news feeds. Gustavo Ayon to Miss 4-8 Weeks with Shoulder Injury - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
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Rookie point guard Dennis Schroder hit the game-winning basket to beat the Bobcats and give the Hawks a thrilling 87-85 victory on Tuesday night, Oct. 8th, 2013. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images) Rookie point guard Dennis Schro...
Rookie point guard Dennis Schroder hit the game-winning basket to beat the Bobcats and give the Hawks a thrilling 87-85 victory on Tuesday night, Oct. 8th, 2013. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images) Rookie point guard Dennis Schroder hit the game-winning basket to beat the Charlotte Bobcats and lift the Atlanta Hawks to a thrilling 87-85 road victory Tuesday night in Asheville, North Carolina. Schroder blew by his defender with a nice crossover dribble and put up a one-handed floater in the lane that bounced off the back rim, kissed the glass, and went through the net to give his Hawks a 2-point lead with just 2.1 seconds left. The Bobcats had one last chance, but Jannero Pargo missed a 3-pointer off the back of the rim as time expired. Atlanta’s second-year forward Mike Scott led all scorers in the game with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds in 28 minutes of play. Teammates Kyle Korver (14) and DeMarre Carroll (12) were also in double-figures. Veteran point guard Ramon Sessions led Charlotte with a team-high 17 points, but had a struggling shooting performance going 4-of-11 from the field. However, he made up for it at the free-throw line sinking 9-of-12 foul shots.Third-year point guard Kemba Walker was the only other Bobcat to reach double-digits with 12 points. He had a similar shooting performance to Sessions, going 2-of-9 from the field but 8-of-9 from the foul-line. The Hawks controlled the game throughout the first half and into the third quarter, leading by as many as 13 points, but the Bobcats clawed away and managed to tie the game early in the fourth quarter when Josh McRobert’s 3-pointer leveled the score 72-72 with 10 minutes remaining. Pargo then put Charlotte up 79-77 with 4:07 left after draining a 3-pointer of his own. Atlanta was able to reclaim the lead twice in the next few possessions, but the Bobcats tied the score once again in the final minutes. Sessions sank a pair of foul shots and had the chance to give Charlotte the lead with another opportunity to sink a pair of foul shots on the following possession, but he wasn’t able to convert the second shot after making the first. His three-out-of-four shooting from the line tied the game 85-85 with 43 seconds left. Cue the rookie. With the clock winding down Schroder went to work on Pargo, crossed him over, then finished the business by knocking down the game-winner. If you want to see how the game was won click here. This is the Hawks’ first win of the preseason and Mike Budenholzer’s first ever win as a head coach. Congrats, guys! Go Hawks! Don’t forget to “Like” the Soaring Down South Facebook page and “Follow” us on Twitter @SoaringDwnSouth to get up-to-date Atlanta Hawks/NBA news, rumors and analysis conveniently in your news feeds. Dennis Schroder Hits Game-Winning Basket Over Bobcats to Lift Hawks to 87-85 Victory - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
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The Hawks played their second preseason game in as many nights and pulled out a last-second 87-85 victory over the Bobcats thanks to a Dennis Schröder floater with under three seconds to play. Here are some of the things that stood out f...
The Hawks played their second preseason game in as many nights and pulled out a last-second 87-85 victory over the Bobcats thanks to a Dennis Schröder floater with under three seconds to play. Here are some of the things that stood out from the victory: - Mike Scott led all scorers with 19 points along with six rebounds and looked impressive for the second straight night at the offensive end. Scott flashed his three point range that he talked about working on all summer, knocking down two of his three attempts from beyond the arc, both in the fourth quarter. Scott was extremely efficient going 8-11 from the field and had only one turnover. - Kyle Korver is in mid-season shooting form. Korver went 3-5 from beyond the arc (his only five shot attempts on the night) and 5-5 from the free throw line for 14 points in his 21 minutes of play. Korver looked good in both the half-court offense spacing the floor and was able to find his favorite spot on the wing in transition. - DeMarre Carroll continues to impress with his energy and aggression at both ends of the floor. Carroll had 12 points in the game and made both of his three-point attempts. On the defensive end, he applied pressure and frustrated Michael Kidd-Gilchrist into just three points on 1-6 shooting. - The Hawks still have a ways to go in developing on-court chemistry, which comes as no surprise. With such an emphasis on ball movement, chemistry and knowing where teammates are on the floor is crucial to the success of the offense. Atlanta had 17 turnovers, down from 21 in Miami, with many of those stemming from confusion on positioning and cutting (or not cutting). - Ball movement. 24 assists on 31 made baskets is a great sign that the Hawks are buying into the system. At times, the Hawks could even be accused of over passing and giving up open shots and driving lanes to make the extra pass. This commitment from the entire team to playing unselfishly will go a long way in developing their on-court chemistry. - Schröder has plenty of adjustments to make. The rookie finished the game on a high note with the game winning floater, which will hopefully build his confidence, but struggled with a 4-15 shooting night and just 1-7 from the three-point line. He seemed to press at times at both ends of the floor and played a little too aggressive and found himself  out of position on occasion on the defensive end because of it. His inconsistencies are not a major concern and he should continue improving as he becomes more comfortable with the offense and the pace and physicality of the NBA game. - The pace with which the Hawks play with continues to be impressive. The Hawks transition and semi-transition game is one of their strongest attributes and through two games they have been consistent in looking to push the pace off of opponents misses and have even been quick to inbound the ball off makes and get up the floor before the defense. Pace has been the focal point of Coach Mike Budenholzer early on in training camp, and the first two  games have been encouraging.
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The Atlanta Hawks evened up their preseason record with an 87-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in Asheville, North Carolina. The game see-sawed back and forth over the final 12 minutes before some late heroics by rookie Dennis Schr&oum...
The Atlanta Hawks evened up their preseason record with an 87-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in Asheville, North Carolina. The game see-sawed back and forth over the final 12 minutes before some late heroics by rookie Dennis Schröder proved to be the difference. Mike Scott put Atlanta up 85-82 with a three-pointer with just 1:30 remaining. Charlotte came back to tie the game with three free throws from Ramon Sessions. Schröder's floater with 2.1 seconds remaining put the Hawks back up 87-85 and Jannero Pargo's desperation shot at the buzzer was no good thus sealing the victory for Atlanta. Scott came up big for the second straight game scoring a game-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting including 2-3 from three-point range. Kyle Korver went 3-5 from deep and finished with 14 points. DeMarre Carroll was solid again finishing with 12 points. Schröder finished with nine points and seven assists but was just 4-15 from the field to go along with five turnovers. Sessions led the Bobcats with 17 points and six assists off the bench. Kemba Walker added 12 while Cody Zeller and Gerald Henderson finished with nine each. Mike Budenholzer elected to rest Al Horford on Tuesday and gave some playing time to several players that did not play in Monday's loss to the Heat. Elton Brand started at center and played 30 minutes finishing with four points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. Damien Wilkins, Royal Ivey and David Lighty also made their preseason debuts. The Hawks will enjoy a few days off before returning to action on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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Gustavo Ayon will miss 4-8 weeks after an MRI revealed a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Ayon was injured in the first quarter of the preseason opener against Miami. One quarter into the preseason and the Atlanta Hawks have...
Gustavo Ayon will miss 4-8 weeks after an MRI revealed a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Ayon was injured in the first quarter of the preseason opener against Miami. One quarter into the preseason and the Atlanta Hawks have already lost a player to injury. Gustavo Ayon left the game after suffering what appeared to be an arm injury during a scramble for the basketball. Ayon quickly grabbed the arm and left the game and was ushered to the locker room area by Atlanta's medical staff. Ayon was one of the first subs off the bench playing just under four minutes and missed his only shot attempt. The Hawks acquired Ayon during the offseason when they claimed him off of waivers from the Milwaukee Bucks. Ayon is a part of Atlanta's rebuilt frontcourt which also features new acquisitions Paul Millsap, Pero Antic and Elton Brand. Update: Ayon suffered a right shoulder injury and is being examined by team doctors Injury Update: Ayon suffered a right shoulder injury, he is currently being seen by doctors #ATLHawks — Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 8, 2013 More from Peachtree Hoops: Hawks vs Heat: Erik Spoelstra to be mindful of starters minutes VIDEO: Mike Budenholzer, Paul Millsap discuss preseason opener Hawks vs Heat: Three things to watch in the preseason opener 2013 NBA Previews - Atlantic Division and Pacific Division links Hawks vs Heat Preview: Atlanta opens exhibition schedule in Miami
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Gustavo Ayon returned to Atlanta on Tuesday to have his injured shoulder examined by team doctors. An MRI exam revealed inflammation and a strained rotator cuff which is expected to sideline him for 4-8 weeks. Ayon was injured during th...
Gustavo Ayon returned to Atlanta on Tuesday to have his injured shoulder examined by team doctors. An MRI exam revealed inflammation and a strained rotator cuff which is expected to sideline him for 4-8 weeks. Ayon was injured during the first quarter of Monday's preseason opening loss to the Miami Heat. He was injured while battling for a loose ball with Miami's Norris Cole. Ayon immediately grabbed his arm and was escorted to the locker room area by team trainers. Ayon spent last season with the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks. He was acquired by the Hawks during the offseason after Milwaukee placed him on waivers. He was named MVP of the FIBA Americas after leading Mexico to the tournament championship. Atlanta rebuilt its frontcourt during the offseason and Ayon figures to challenge for playing time behind Al Horford at center. While he is out, Elton Brand and Pero Antic are candidates to backup Horford.
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Game Preview The Atlanta Hawks continue their back-to-back preseason road trip and travel to Asheville, North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at 7:30 p.m. Atlanta goes into the game short-handed for the second straight ...
Game Preview The Atlanta Hawks continue their back-to-back preseason road trip and travel to Asheville, North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at 7:30 p.m. Atlanta goes into the game short-handed for the second straight night as they will be without the services of second-year sharpshooter John Jenkins (back spams), Lou Williams (ACL rehab), Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), and all-star center Al Horford (rest). Ayon got injured in the first quarter of yesterday’s preseason opener against the Heat in Miami. He had an MRI exam earlier today after returning to Atlanta and it revealed he had inflammation and a rotator cuff strain. Jenkins also had an MRI exam today on his lower back, but thankfully it came back negative. He will be listed day-to-day. The Hawks will likely switch the lineup tonight with Horford getting some rest and will start veteran center Elton Brand, who did not play in yesterday’s opener. The team will also likely play training camp invites David Lighthy, Royal Ivey and Damien Wilkins at some point in the game because they didn’t play last night. Projected Starters Hawks — Teague / Korver / Carroll / Millsap / Brand Heat — Walker / Henderson / Kidd-Gilchrist / Zeller / Jefferson Best Matchup MKG vs The Junkyard Dog Bobcats second-year star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t shine too brightly last season, averaging only 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, and has a lot to prove this year. The former second overall draft pick will have his hands full tonight with the Hawks’ new defensive specialist DeMarre Carroll. The Junkyard Dog, as Carroll is referred to, will be hounding the 6’7” forward all night. He did a nice job last night limiting King James to just 6 points on 2-of-7 shooting in Atlanta’s preseason opener. Good luck MKG, you’re going to need it. How to Watch Tonight’s game will air on SportsSouth at 7:30 p.m. (ET). You can also listen to the action on the radio on 92.9 FM. Don’t forget to “Like” the Soaring Down South Facebook page and “Follow” us on Twitter @SoaringDwnSouth to get up-to-date Atlanta Hawks/NBA news, rumors and analysis conveniently in your news feeds. 2013 NBA Preseason: Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Bobcats Game Preview - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
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We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 22 days left, today’s reason is… Harry The Hawk Come on, who doesn’t love Harry? The Hawks’ pr...
We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 22 days left, today’s reason is… Harry The Hawk Come on, who doesn’t love Harry? The Hawks’ primary mascot will be back again this season, bringing his enthusiastic, quirky and always fun attitude to Philips Arena. As always, Harry will have many different “skits” prepared for the fans during timeouts, which are always entertaining.  Last year we met his family, saw him lose to a kid in musical chairs, do the moonwalk and chase opposing fans out of the building.  What will Harry do this season?  Only time will tell. In addition, we love Harry’s interaction with the fans.  During the game you’ll often find him mingling about the crowd, interacting with fans and spectators.  He’s also well-known for being spotted on the Kiss Cam, and we’ll probably see that again this season. Wherever Harry is, you know it’s going to be a good time! We also want your input. What are you most excited about this upcoming season. Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown! Day 50 – New Faces Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit Day 48 – Hawks Social Media Day 47 – Dennis Schröder Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena Day 45 – All-Star Game Day 44 – Hawks Footwear Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad Day 42 – Bakersfield Jam Day 41 – John Jenkins & Mike Scott Day 40 – SkyView Atlanta Day 39 – Drew and Pachulia’s Return Day 38 – Junior Cheerleaders Day 37 – Production Day Day 36 – Hawks Intro Video Day 35 – Overtime Games Day 34 – Fan Experiences Day 33 – Learning Foreign Languages Day 32 – Gustavo Ayón Day 31 – Open Practice Day 30 – Live Streaming/Hawks.com Day 29 – Ryan Cameron Day 28 – Bob Rathbun & Dominique Wilkins Day 27 – Paul Millsap Day 26 – Hawks Shop Day 25 – Players On Twitter Day 24 – Kiss Cam Day 23 – Hawks 6th Man Photo by Kevin C. Cox/NBAE/Getty Images
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Jenkins received an MRI and examination yesterday by Dr. Michael Bernot at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta.
Jenkins received an MRI and examination yesterday by Dr. Michael Bernot at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta.
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