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  1. The Hawks are not talking extension with Josh Smith, for some reason

    May 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Trying to figure out the Hawks’ approach to Josh Smith is a trick. They don’t regularly campaign for Smith for the All-Star teams and have never made a fuss when he’s not selected despite it routinely being pretty terrible. They wouldn’t give him a big deal when he was a restricted free agent in 2008,…

  2. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  3. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  4. Larry Drew to return as Atlanta Hawks coach

    May 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    It was one of the first questions for the Atlanta Hawks — what to do about GM Rick Sund and coach Larry Drew? Sund’s deal is up and Drew has a team option for next season. Looks like Drew will be back, tweets Sekou Smith of NBA.com. Hawks head coach Larry Drew has had third-year…

  5. One way or another, it will be summer of change for Hawks

    May 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Few teams are going to have a more interesting off-season than the Atlanta Hawks. From the general manager whose contract is up to the coach with an option hanging out there — not to mention the Josh Smith trade request — there are nothing but questions in Atlanta this summer. In theory they could look…

  6. Pacers coach Frank Vogel fined for planting seed in refs’ heads

    May 12, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel complains to an official during the second quarter of Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs against the Orlando Magic in Indianapolis

    There will be no working the referees through the media before the series starts. That is what the NBA essentially said when it came down Saturday with a $15,000 fine for Pacers coach Frank Vogel less than a day before his team opens the second round against the Heat. Vogel started trying to plant a…

  7. NBA admits blown call at end of Hawks loss to Celtics

    May 11, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett celebrates after regaining posession of the ball in front of Atlanta Hawks Al Horford during the second half of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in Boston

    Sorry Hawks fans, this sucks. And there is no recourse. The NBA has admitted referees blew call in the final seconds Thursday that could have changed the outcome of the Hawks Game 6 loss to Boston that eliminated them. If you were watching the TNT broadcast you heard the announcing crew confused by the call…

  8. Friday And-1 links: Report Ricky Rubio signs deal with Adidas

    May 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • There is a report that Ricky Rubio has signed a shoe deal with…

  9. Garnett, Garden ghosts lift Celtics past Hawks into second round

    May 11, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Pretty? Who cares about pretty? Survive and advance. Game 6 Thursday night was the kind of scrappy, weird game that the Celtics just always seem to win at home. The kind of game where the ghosts of Celtics teams past that haunt the Garden seem to help them. The kind of games where it takes…

  10. Three Game 6s, who is going on to Game 7?

    May 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Game 6 — it means somebody will be punching their ticket to the next round, but others are headed to a win-or-go-home Game 7. We’ve got three Game 6s tonight, a couple we didn’t expect to see. Who is going to push it to a Game 7? Here is a look at each of the…

  11. Hawks co-owner calls Garnett dirtiest player in the league

    May 10, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game Five

    Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. has learned that in today’s world no place is “off the record.” In a world of cell phone cameras nothing done in public is hidden. Gearon was speaking at a charity event in Atlanta that had nothing to do with the Hawks on Wednesday. Maybe he thought this wouldn’t be…

  12. Wednesday And-1 links: Hangin’ with Clyde Frazier

    May 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Walt-Frazier

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because god is a bullet, have mercy on us everyone… • Don’t you just want to sit and have…

  13. Video: Wild end to Hawks win over Celtics

    May 9, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    What an ending. Boston was down one point with 10 seconds to go, all Atlanta had to do was get the ball in, hit their free throws and get out with a win. But Rajon Rondo steals an inbounds pass, then since they don’t have any timeouts, Boston goes directly into a play. Kevin Garnett comes…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Hawks stay alive against Celtics thanks to presence of Al Horford, luck

    May 8, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    There was a point at the end of the third quarter that it seemed like the Atlanta Hawks were going to crumble once again in the second half, but somehow they were able to overcome the turnovers and terrible offensive possessions that saw their 12 point lead with less than three minutes to go in…

  15. Four 3-1 series, do we see four series closeouts Tuesday? No.

    May 8, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Four games — every one of them featuring a team up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Tuesday night could see four series close out in the NBA playoffs. Not likely. We’re not sure who, but someone will push the series forward to a Game 6. One team will lose some days off to rest. That…

  16. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  17. Celtics obliterate Hawks, head to Atlanta with 3-1 lead in series

    May 6, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    The Atlanta Hawks were able to pick up a victory in the opening game of their NBA Playoffs series against the Boston Celtics, but after watching Sunday evening’s game, it seems as though that might be the only win they post this postseason. The Celtics were able to get their offense going from the get-go…

  18. Celtics could cripple Hawks with another win to end the weekend

    May 6, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics haven’t played exceptional basketball during their NBA Playoffs series against the Atlanta Hawks, but they’ve got the job done well enough to take a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday evening’s game at the Garden. Atlanta’s going to have to come up with some road magic of their own to end the weekend,…

  19. Josh Smith says he’ll play in Sunday’s Game 4 vs. Celtics

    May 5, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta fared surprisingly well in Game 3 without Josh Smith, losing a closer-than-expected contest to a Celtics team that saw both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen return to the lineup. The Hawks won’t have to go without him again in Game 4, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com: Josh Smith acknowledges the left knee sprain…

  20. Avery Bradley injures shoulder in Game 3 vs. Hawks

    May 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Avery-Bradley

    Avery Bradley has been a huge contributor for the Celtics this season, filling in for both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen who have missed time with injuries. He’s a dogged defender and can attack the rim with his athleticism. He’s fought a shoulder injury all season, however, and on Friday, re-injured it against the Hawks.…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Rajon Rondo’s triple-double helps Celtics to overtime victory over Hawks

    May 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Boston Celtics looked anything but exceptional in the first half of Friday night’s Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks, but Rajon Rondo was able to find his rhythm in the second half as the hosting Celtics needed overtime to pick up a win in their first game at home in the Garden this postseason.…

  22. Tracy McGrady had impressive first half for Hawks before spraining his ankle

    May 4, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks were definitely expected to struggle on Friday night when they found out that Josh Smith would be missing in action for Game 3 against the Boston Celtics. They didn’t really feel his absence in the first half, however, thanks to Tracy McGrady turning back the hands of time once he was summoned…

  23. With Josh Smith out due to injury, Hawks need someone to step up in Game 3 against Celtics

    May 4, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Ivan Johnson and Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics picked up a solid victory without Rajon Rondo in the lineup earlier this week in Atlanta, evening their series against the Hawks at one game apiece. One has to wonder, then, what might happen on Friday night now that momentum is in the favor of the Celtics, the game will be in…

  24. Hawks’ Stackhouse picks Heat to win NBA title. Bet his teammates love that.

    May 4, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Sure, he’s saying what a lot of players are thinking. But you’re not supposed to say it. If you’re an NBA team in the playoffs and someone asks you who is going to win the title you name your team. So, for example, if you’re Jerry Stackhouse and you’re asked, you pick the Hawks. That’s…

  25. MRI confirms Hawks’ Smith has sprained knee, doubtful for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    The Boston Celtics just won a game in this series without one of their key players, now the Hawks have to try and do it. An MRI confirmed what has earlier been thought — Hawks forward Josh Smith has a sprained left knee and is doubtful for Game 3 in Boston, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.…

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