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NBA Preseason: Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat Recap

The Miami Heat traveled north to the Philips Arena to take on one of last year’s best Eastern Conference rivals, the Atlanta Hawks. Miami looked like the better of the two teams as they each eye next week’s start to the 2015 NBA regular season with hopeful eyes.

Miami fell behind after the first 2 quarters of play, but used furious defense to start the second half, and outscored Atlanta by 15 points to take 7-point lead into the final 12-minutes.

The teams exchanged baskets for most of the final stanza, with second-string players seeing most of the court time. Miami put up one more basket than did the Hawks, and headed back to South Beach with a 9-point victory under their belt to even their preseason record at 3-3, while handing the Hawks their first loss in 5 preseason games.

NBA Preseason: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards Recap

In a late preseason game the Wizards beat the Bucks as both teams rested players who had minor injuries. As the regular season approaches, both squads were taking a better safe than sorry approach. Bradley Beal had 18 to head the wizard scoring, he was helped out by Marcin Gorteat who threw in 16. Notablely missing for the Wizards were John Wall, Nene, Jared Dudly, and Alan Anderson. The bucks were led in scoring by Chris Copeland with 16 and John are don adding 12. The game was decided in the last quarter when the starters for this game were on the bench. In the end the Bucks turned the ball over too many times, 6, and shot badly, less than 33%, in the fourth quarter to allow the Wizards to grab the game.

NBA Preseason: Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks Recap

On a night when neither team showed much ability to make a shot, the Hawks' Shelvin Mack scored 11 second-half points to lead Atlanta to a win over the Mavericks. Mack finished with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting and Al Horford scored 16 points for the Hawks, helping Atlanta to remain undefeated in the preseason with a 4-0 record. The Hawks shot just 37 percent from the floor for the night, but the Mavericks shot only 36 percent. John Jenkins led the Mavericks with 16 points and Justin Anderson added 12 points. The Mavericks remained winless with an 0-4 preseason record.
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Atlanta Hawks 2014-2015 Schedule, Score, Roster, Rumors, Seating Charts

Atlanta Hawks Schedule in 2014 - 2015

The Atlanta Hawks season opener is against the Toronto Raptors. Game one of a new season helps to set the tone for the year and the Hawks have drawn an easy opening team. However, they won't be able to take it easy for long because they face the notoriously talented Spurs for their third season game. Home games are advantageous and Atlanta has a balanced mixture of home and away gams throughout the season. A noteworthy game will be in November when they face the Cavaliers with their newly returned King James. It should prove exciting since it's one of the earlier games in the season and people will be intrigued to see how well Lebron performs. One rough patch is going to occur in mid-January when they face four road games in five days. This will challenge them and help identify if they have a strong bench. Season ending matches against some quality teams will culminate with an away game versus the Chicago Bulls.

Atlanta Hawks Roster

The Atlanta Hawks do not have any spotlight stealing athletes, but there roster is solid with Al Horford and Paul Millsap. These two have provide consistency and leadership to newer members of the league; Pero Antic, Dennis Schroder, Mike Muscala, and Walter Tavares. Adreian Payne is starting his rookie year with the Hawks and promises to bring some energy to the paint. Payne, from Michigan, was selected during the draft 15th overall. Adreian has caught attention during the NBA summer league play with his work ethic and blocking ability. There have also been several changes off the court with Bruce Levenson announcing in September he would sell his share of the team after an inappropriate email scandal. Overall the changes seem positive for the Atlanta Hawks.

Atlanta Hawks Fan Experience

Phillips Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks and sandwiched between the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park. If you are going to catch a Hawks game you can relax with a nice picnic lunch in the heart of Atlanta. Phillips Arena hosts both the Hawks and the WNBA's Dream. A recent poll ranked this stadium as third in the top 100 venues in the United States. This arena has only been opened since 1999, but has played host to many talented artists; Aerosmith, Elton John, Madonna, and Paul McCartney, to name a few.

Atlanta Hawks Trivia

The Atlanta Hawks were not always a staple of this southern city. St. Louis once called the Hawks their home team. It wasn't until 1968 that the Hawks settled in the great city of Atlanta. Before St. Louis, the Hawks also called Milwaukee and Buffalo home for several years.

Atlanta Hawks History

The Atlanta Hawks had just settled into their new home in Atlanta when Ted Turner snatched up the opportunity to own the only NBA franchise in the Southeastern United States. He hired Hubie Brown, who was voted Coach of the year. A great coach was quickly followed by a great talent in Dominique Wilkins. While the Hawks were elite, they could never move past the semifinals of the Easter Conference playoffs. A Wilkins injury began the decade of mediocrity. In 2005 the Hawks saw an uptick after acquiring Joe Johnson. The team began to make it farther in the playoffs and had key victories in the following years, though not enough to secure the championship. Their only championship season was in 1958 when they were still located in St. Louis. Several stars have donned the red uniform over the years; Dikembe Mutumbo, Pete Maravich, Moses Malone, and Bob Pettit, to name a few.

Atlanta Hawks Fan Info

Atlanta Hawks fans are loyal. In a city where they can only boast of one championship ring, Phillips Arena is still filling the seats. Hawks fans refuse to let average seasons deter them from attendance and they have encouraged their team through seven playoff berths. Fans will be cheering "YEAH" along with celebrity fan, Lil' Jon, all season long and patiently waiting for their Hawks to win another championship.