Player News - Hawks

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Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with a team-high 19 points, but it wasn't enough in Friday's 96-94 loss to the Grizzlies.

That's four straight losses for the Hawks. Bazemore hit 8-of-15 shots in 33 minutes, adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals and three triples. He's not the most consistent player, but he can be a lot of fun to deploy on the nights when he hits. Prior to Friday, he had December averages of 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.7 steals and 2.0 triples on 39.1 percent shooting, so he's worth owning for the money stats.
Dec 15 - 11:36 PM

Marco Belinelli scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shots with three boards and two triples against the Grizzlies on Friday.

Belinelli was cold coming into tonight's game with a combined 13 points on 5-of-13 shots in his his previous two games, and he's been losing minutes to second-year forward DeAndre Bembry. With the Hawks building for the future, we expect Bembry to keep eating away at Belinelli's workload.
Dec 15 - 11:30 PM

John Collins (shoulder) attempted just two shots on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, finishing with two points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and four blocks in 24 minutes.

The assists were a career-high and the blocks matched his career-high. Even though Collins was quiet offensively, he still found a way to stuff the stat sheet for his fantasy owners. He said on Thursday that he was expecting to be sore after returning from a six-game absence, but it's a really good sign that he played a combined 44 minutes in the back-to-back set. Expect his minutes and production to trend up.
Dec 15 - 11:25 PM

Luke Babbitt (back) is available to play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

It seems like he's been probable for a month the Hawks continue to list him as such. Babbitt should see minutes close to 20 off the bench, but doesn't have much value outside of 3-pointers.
Dec 15 - 7:29 PM

John Collins (shoulder) is available to play against the Grizzlies.

He was probable, but the Hawks almost always list guys as probable after they return from injury. Collins looked good in his return on Thursday with 15 points, so expect him to be active in the second unit. He has a good chance to start and should be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 15 - 7:27 PM

Luke Babbitt (back) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. Memphis.

Babbitt has been dealing with a back issue, but it hasn't kept him out of the lineup. However, he's averaging just 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes over Atlanta's last six games. He has very little value in standard leagues.
Dec 15 - 12:57 PM

John Collins (shoulder) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

John Collins returned to the Hawks lineup on Thursday and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in 20 minutes off the bench. He's fully expected to play and should be ready to rock Friday night.
Dec 15 - 12:56 PM

Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. Memphis.

Muscala hasn't appeared in a game since November 3rd and is still without an official timetable to return. He should be left on waivers.
Dec 15 - 12:55 PM

Marco Belinelli played just 10 minutes and hit 2-of-3 shots (one 3-pointer) for five points and nothing else in Thursday's loss to the Pistons.

Belinelli has cooled off, scoring eight points on Tuesday and five tonight, seeing limited minutes in both games. He could bounce back at any time, but he's someone you might be able to cut if you're looking to pick up a hot free agent.
Dec 14 - 10:55 PM

Tyler Cavanaugh played just eight minutes off the bench Thursday, but hit 3-of-3 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points and two rebounds.

Cavanaugh made his first start on Tuesday but the Hawks chose to roll with Miles Plumlee against Andre Drummond tonight. It didn't pay off as Plumlee was bad and Drummond went off for one of the best all-around lines of his career. Cavanaugh is still worth a look as long as Dewayne Dedmon (leg) is out.
Dec 14 - 10:51 PM

John Collins returned from a six-game absence with a shoulder injury and picked up where he left off, hitting 7-of-10 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block off the bench in Thursday's 105-91 loss to the Pistons.

Welcome back! If Collins was dropped in your league, go get him before someone else does. He should get a ton of minutes for the tanking Hawks the rest of the way, as long as his shoulder injury is officially behind him. He played 20 minutes tonight, which isn't bad considering how long he was out.
Dec 14 - 10:48 PM

Miles Plumlee didn't attempt a shot, had just three rebounds and a steal, and had a +/- of -19 against Andre Drummond on Thursday.

The stat means that the Hawks were outscored by 19 points when Plumlee was on the floor, and while the Hawks started him to try to slow down Drummond (it didn't work), Tyler Cavanaugh might be a better option at center for Atlanta until Dewayne Dedmon is back in action. Cavanaugh played just eight minutes and had nine points, two rebounds and two 3-pointers in the loss.
Dec 14 - 10:44 PM

Taurean Prince hit just 1-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for four points, four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes on Thursday.

Oops. He was on fire on Tuesday when he had a career-high 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and it appears that he and Ersan Ilyasova traded games tonight, as Ilyasova was pretty bad on Tuesday. Prince will bounce back, so don't panic and cut him.
Dec 14 - 10:41 PM

Ersan Ilyasova hit 10-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 23 points, four rebounds and one assist in Thursday's 105-91 loss to the Pistons.

Ghostface bounced back from Tuesday's 3-of-11 shooting night and looked much better tonight. He's scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and should continue to get plenty of run for the tanking Hawks. If he was dropped after Tuesday's dud, think about picking him up.
Dec 14 - 10:38 PM

John Collins (shoulder) will return to action vs. the Pistons on Thursday.

Collins will come off the bench and he'll be on a minute-limit in his first game back from a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. The Hawks will need his rebounding tonight vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons, so hopefully he can get into the 20-24 minute range. His return should erode the playing time of guys like Tyler Cavanaugh and Miles Plumlee, although Plumlee is slated to get the start.

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