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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Huerter stands out but Hawks can't hold lead against Celtics
Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Hawks 113-105 at State Farm Arena on Saturday night.
Kevin Huerter led the Hawks with 18 points, and fellow rookie Trae Young had 16.
Huerter continued to shine in his fill-in starting role while Kent Bazemore recovers from a sprained right ankle. Huerter has made 45.5 percent of his 3-point attempts to lead all NBA qualifying rookies. He made 4 of 10 3s against the Celtics.
After trailing for most of the game, Boston took the lead with a 9-0 fourth-quarter run, including a go-ahead 3-pointer by Jaylen Brown, who had 14 points.
Fansided: Atlanta Hawks: Rapid Reactions to Tough 113-105 Loss to Celtics
The Atlanta Hawks showed great fight and resolve in a tight battle with the Boston Celtics, but a stretch of nine straight missed field goal attempts in the final three minutes doomed their chances at downing the Boys in Green.
It was a disappointing finish to what had been an extremely entertaining affair at State Farm Arena.
Five different Atlanta Hawks ended with double figures, Trae Young and Kevin Huerter continued their Fire-and-Ice rendition of the Splash Bros, and we nearly had a benches-clearing-brawl! I mean, come on, what more do you want in a tight loss that advances our chances at securing a top draft pick?
Official Site of the Hawks: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Unveils New Atlanta Hawks Community Basketball Court at Selena S. Butler Park As Team Tips Off MLK Weekend
ATLANTA - City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled the new outdoor Atlanta Hawks community basketball court at Selena S. Butler Park, adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center. On-site at the ceremony was Principal Owner Tony Ressler, Chief Executive Officer Steve Koonin, Head Coach Lloyd Pierce, first-year guard Trae Young, Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins and Atlanta Hawks Foundation Executive Director David Lee. In addition, the City's Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner John Dargle, Jr. and City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, as well as Dr. Elder Bernice King, were on site. State Farm Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Clarence Hearns joined as well.
Fansided: Atlanta Hawks: John Collins to Participate in Slam Dunk Contest
At long last, Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins (aka John the Baptist) will participate in the NBA's slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend per a report by Oliver Maroney. While this is long overdue, we're glad that JC will be able to showcase his truly unreal hops among the league's best players during the break.
Collins will be the first member of the Atlanta Hawks to participate in the dunk contest since the early days of J-Smoove's (Josh Smith) heyday in Atlanta of 2004-06. Smith actually won the contest in his first season participating with some scintillating dunks that showcased his stellar athleticism:
For the first time in a while, the Hawks have an explosive athlete that's on par with Smith's ability to rock the rim.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Hawks upgrade Collins, Young to probable
The Hawks will likely have both John Collins and Trae Young for Saturday night's game against the Celtics. Both starters were upgraded to probable on the team's injury report after battling illness Friday.
Collins, the starting power forward, was listed as questionable with bronchitis-type symptoms and Young, the starting point guard, was is listed as questionable with flu-like symptoms ahead of the home matchup.
The Hawks listed starting center Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle sprain) as probable. Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) and Miles Plumlee (sore left knee) remain out.
Fansided: Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young is the Offensive Fulcrum Atlanta Needs
When the Atlanta Hawks traded down to obtain Trae Young out of Oklahoma, many basketball pundits lauded Dallas's move to ascend the draft board to obtain Slovenian wunderkind Luka Doncic - giving up a future first round pick in the process.
So far, that move has certainly paid dividends for the Mavs as Doncic - as well as a sturdy supporting cast - has Dallas in vague playoff contention in the stacked Western Conference. Beyond that, Doncic has captured the imaginations of writers, bloggers, viewers and NBA fans worldwide as he is hot on the heels of LeBron James in terms of All-Star votes.