Found April 15, 2013 on
The Atlanta Hawks have already locked up their sixth consecutive playoff appearance, but they still have some positioning at stake in their final home game.
The lottery-bound Toronto Raptors aren't likely to roll over as they look for their sixth win in seven games.
The Hawks will try to claim their third straight win and move closer to securing the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night when they take on the surging Raptors.
After three straight losses, Atlanta (44-36) bounced back with its second win in a row on Friday.
Josh Smith and Jeff Teague each scored 24 on a combined 21-of-32 shooting to help the Hawks rally from a 19-point deficit for a 109-104 win over Milwaukee.
"If there's one thing for sure with this team, we'll never make it easy," coach Larry Drew told the team's official website. "Coming in at halftime down 14, I had all the confidence in the world."
With just two games remaining, Drew's club is trying to...
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Will Josh Smith’s high flying dunks still be in Atlanta next season?credit: kingsofthenba.com
Josh Smith was one of the bigger names that many expected to be dealt at the trading deadline. However, the Atlanta Hawks did not find an offer they liked enough to pull the trigger, meaning Smith will hit free agency on the open market this summer.
Smith is known for a lot of things about...
Center Al Horford is sitting out the Atlanta Hawks' final home game of the regular season because of soreness in his chest.
Horford missed most of last season after having surgery on his left pectoral muscle. He said before Tuesday's game that he's having some lingering pain in that same area, so he wants to give it a rest with the playoffs approaching.
As a precaution...
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After spending the season in China, Tracy McGrady is headed back to the Association, reportedly signing a deal with a team headed to the playoffs.
Guan Tianlang is enjoying his time in America, taking in an Atlanta Hawks basketball game at the Philips Arena.
Bang like T-Mac, ski mask air it out...
After spending last season with the Atlanta Hawks, Tracy McGrady played in China this season.
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The Atlanta Hawks are going to need some help now if they want to return to the New York area sometime this weekend.
The New York Knicks, meanwhile, could see some of their regulars back in action in their final tuneup before the postseason.
The Hawks still have a chance to gain the Eastern Conference's No. 5 seed, but must end the Knicks' nine-game home win streak Wednesday...