Atlanta Hawks 2010-2011 Schedule Announced

By:Lakisha "KB" Brooks

The National Basketball Association has announced the new 2010-2011 schedule. The Hawks, who finished third in the Eastern Conference last season, and were bounced in the second round against the Orlando Magic, are looking for another winning season.

The Hawks will face its first conference test on November 8th against the Orlando Magic. The Magic rolled over the Hawks last season in the second round of the playoffs, winning the series 4-0. Other key games include three match ups against the Boston Celtics, which the Hawks beat four times last year. The Hawks will face, the "superteam",the Miami Heat in the preseason on October 21, and again in the regular season on December 4th, January 18th, March 18th and April 11th. On November 25th,Thanksgiving day, the Hawks will showdown against the Washington Wizards.

The Hawks are looking to improve its win total for the seventh straight year.

In the off-season, the Hawks resigned free agent Joe Johnson, and hired assistant coach, Larry Drew, as its new head coach, after the team opted not to re-sign Mike Woodson's contract, which ended on May 17, 2010.

For a complete list of the Atlanta Hawks schedule please visit:

http://www.nba.com/hawks/schedule/

What's Next For Joe Johnson?

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By: Lakisha "KB" Brooks
With the embarrassing performance in the second round of the NBA playoffs, many questions surround the Atlanta Hawks. As Mike Woodson’s tenure with the team came to an end this week, some ask, who else will go, and who will stay? Many wonder the fate of all-star guard, Joe Johnson. Johnson arrived in Atlanta from Phoenix in 2005, and became a perennial all-star. In five seasons with the Hawks, Johnson has averaged 21.9 points per game, made the Eastern Conference All-Star team the last four years, and was even a starter for this year’s game. He has helped the Hawks improve its total wins each of the last five years. This season found the Hawks with its best record since the 1996-97 season. In addition, Johnson was named to the All-NBA Third Team. Though Johnson has received a number of awards and accolades while in Atlanta, he has also had his fair share of criticism. He is constantly accused of not being "tough"enough, and some believe he is not clutch and is incapable of being a leader and true superstar. Johnson came up fire for his comments regarding the Atlanta fans booing the team in Game 3. "They don’t bother me," Johnson said. "It’s about us in the locker room. We could care less if they showed up or not." He did later go on to apologize for his comments, but perhaps, the damage has already been done. Johnson heard a number of boos in Game 4 from the home crowd. So with a damaged relationship with the city of Atlanta, what is next for Joe Johnson? He is a free agent this summer, along with superstars such as, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Johnson did not make a good case for himself against the Magic, as he averaged 12.75 in the series. Only time will tell where he ends up. Sources says Chicago is looking to sign Johnson.

MAGIC PERFORM FINAL DISAPPEARING ACT

Atlanta, GA- by Michael "DTA" Leder

The post season has come to a sudden and dissapointing halt. Monday was the final game of the 09-10 season for the Atlanta Hawks. The Orlando Magic proved to be too much for our boys, completing the four game sweep of the series in Phillips, a place the Hawks have dominated for the past 3 seasons. As much as I would like to say it was a good series, it wasn't. It wasn't even close. It wasn't close any of the four games. Atlanta lost every game by an average deficit of more than 25 points; making the series deficit over 100 points in favor of the Magic.

How could you expect much more with a depressing 37 percent field goal average for Atlanta? Perhaps the Hawks should have given up their third seed position before the post season started, maybe then they would have put up a better fight in their usual underdog postion. Coming off of their best regular season in years the Hawks still found themselves struggling on the road, and in the second round. Atlanta fans face a crucial off-season this year with star players Joe Johson and Josh Smith turning free-agents. Mike Woodson will have some tough decisons to make in order to get our boys back in the playoff picture for the fourth year running.

Hawks Get Crushed at Home

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By:Lakisha "KB"Brooks
Atlanta, GA

After falling 0-2 on the road, the Hawks came back home to Atlanta looking to get a boost of confidence from the home crowd. The Hawks finished the 2010 season with a 34-7 home record. Home court advantage has also helped the Hawks in the playoffs in the last couple of seasons.
However, in Game 3 against the Magic, not even the home crowd could help the Hawks, as the fell in Game 3 75-105.

Dwight Howard returned to his hometown to have a monstrous game. He finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block. The Hawks had no answer for Howard and the Magic, even early in the game.

The Hawks did not show up and found themselves down in the first quarter, with the Magic leading 28-18 at the end of the quarter. The Magic had seven different players score in the second quarter, including J.J. Reddick, who has been unproductive thus far, and rookie Ryan Anderson. The Hawks only managed to score 15 points in the second quarter. The Magic's surge in the second quarter led to a 52-33 halftime lead. The Hawks fans were so unimpressed with the hometown team they booed as the Hawks left for the locker room. When asked about the crowd's booing, Hawks Joe Johnson responded, "They don't bother me," Johnson said. "It's about us in this locker room. We could care less if they showed up or not." Johnson finished the game 3 for 15 from the field with 8 points. The Hawks did have a better scoring half in the third and fourth quarters;however, they continued the rely heavily on jump shots, which were not falling. This led to the Magic extending their lead, winning by 30.

The Hawks' awful play led to teammates calling each other out. Al Horford questioned his teammates' effort. Many question All-Star Joe Johnson, who is averaging 12 points per game in this series. Johnson is a free agent this summer. Sixth man of the Year Jamal Crawford managed to finish the game with 22 points. The Hawks are facing elimination in Game 4.
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