Player News - Hawks

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Dwight Howard should not have been ejected from Monday night's win over the Celtics, the NBA said in a statement.

Howard was ejected with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter when he received his second technical of the game for hanging on the rim after a dunk. However, the league said later that technical foul should have been ruled "non-unsportsmanlike" and should not have counted toward an automatic ejection. Howard was still able to tally 17 points and 12 boards in the 28 minutes he played. He will be ready to roll on Wednesday when the Hawks host the Mavs.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 9:25 AM

Taurean Prince played 30 minutes off the bench and hit 3-of-9 shots for eight points, a career-high 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in Monday's win over the Celtics.

Prince had a career-high 11 points in his previous game in 27 minutes and has played at least 25 minutes in four of his last five games. He's averaging 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five, while shooting 40 percent from the floor. If you're in a deep league, keep an eye on TP going forward.
Feb 28 - 1:56 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the bench on Monday and hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, four boards, a steal and a block in 27 minutes.

The minutes were there but Hardaway has cooled off over his last four games, scoring between 10 and 15 points in each of them. He was killing it when Thabo Sefolosha was out with his groin injury, but now that he's back and started over THJ tonight, Hardaway's future doesn't look quite as bright as it did a week ago. If Hardaway's your worst player and you want to cut him for a super-hot free agent, it probably makes sense. But generally speaking, Hardaway is still worth hanging onto until we see how this all plays out over the next few games.
Feb 27 - 11:00 PM

Dennis Schroder returned from his one-game suspension on Monday and racked up 21 points, four boards, five assists and a steal on 9-of-14 shooting in a 114-98 win over the Celtics.

Nice. Schroder was suspended for being late in his return from the All-Star break, but didn't miss a step tonight. Hopefully you had him in your lineup for this one.
Feb 27 - 10:57 PM

Kent Bazemore hit 7-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 26 minutes of Monday's 114-98 win over the Celtics.

Bazemore's scoring line is all over the map in February, as he's hit double figures just five times, while scoring in single digits in his other six games. The 15 points were the most he's scored since he had 24 points on Jan. 29, and with Thabo Sefolosha back from his groin injury, as well as Tim Hardaway getting a lot of usage right now, Bazemore's inconsistency will probably continue until further notice. Nonetheless, he's generally worth owning in 12-team leagues.
Feb 27 - 10:55 PM

Thabo Sefolosha started over Tim Hardaway on Monday and racked up 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 21 minutes.

Sefolosha is known for his D, but came through across the board tonight. He didn't do much in his previous two games since returning from a groin injury, but now that he's starting, he's worth keeping an eye on. But sadly, this might end up being one of his best games of the season.
Feb 27 - 10:52 PM

Paul Millsap hit 7-of-18 shots for 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes of Monday's 114-98 win over the Celtics.

This was a nice win for the Hawks and there's a pretty decent chance the two teams will meet in the playoffs, since that's what usually seems to happen. Millsap's rebounding has been way down in February (5.8 per game), but he got back on track tonight, although he was helped by the fact Dwight Howard was ejected, forcing Millsap to play some center. In fact, this was his first double-double since he had 37 points and 19 boards on Jan. 29 against the Knicks. Hopefully this is a sign that he's ready to start racking up double-digit boards again.
Feb 27 - 10:48 PM

Dwight Howard was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Celtics.

He got his second technical foul for hanging on the rim after a dunk. Howard will finish with 17 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 27 minutes. The Hawks will likely have to go small with Paul Millsap at center the rest of the night.
Feb 27 - 9:19 PM

Dennis Schroder started vs. the Celtics on Monday.

He was suspended for Friday's game vs. Miami for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break, and then he came off the bench on Saturday vs. the Magic for showing up late to the team bus. The Hawks lost both of those games, but Schroder's move back into the first unit could help them turn things around.
Feb 27 - 7:42 PM

Mike Dunleavy (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Celtics.

With Dunleavy unavailable, Ryan Kelly will join the active roster, and he could see his minutes in the teens. Neither of these guys have any fantasy value.
Feb 27 - 6:16 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Celtics.

Thabo Sefolosha will move back into his role as the starter, so THJ's minutes will take a hit in the second unit. THJ is averaging 11.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in 21.8 minutes per game as a reserve this season, but we still think his minutes will be closer to 25 after a strong February. He's a hold until we see how this plays out.
Feb 27 - 11:11 AM

Thabo Sefolosha will start ahead of Tim Hardaway Jr. on Monday vs. the Celtics.

Sefolosha has played in two straight games after returning from a nine-game absence due to a groin injury. He's averaging 7.5 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 triples in 27 starts this season, so he's more of a deep-league add if you need to stream some steals.
Feb 27 - 11:04 AM

The Hawks have agreed to waive Lamar Patterson as he attends to a personal situation.

He was a negligible part of the Hawks rotation, so him getting waived has no barring in fantasy hoops.
Feb 26 - 5:22 PM

Dennis Schroder did not start on Saturday because he was late for the team bus, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a 105-86 loss to the Magic.

Yikes. He did start the second half in this game after a really bad start from the Hawks. The move to keep Schroder in the second unit was called a "coaches decision" just minutes before tip. The timing of this is terrible because the German point guard did not bring his visa for his trip back home, which caused him to miss practice on Wednesday and Thursday to earn a suspension on Friday. He should be back to his former role, especially after the Hawks were smashed in the last two games.
Feb 25 - 9:42 PM

Mike Muscala did not score in three minutes against the Magic on Saturday with two assists.

The Ersan Ilyasova deal takes away just about any chance Muscala has to get power forward minutes. If you used him as a deep option in fantasy, it's probably time to move on.
Feb 25 - 9:38 PM


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