Atlanta Hawks: Schedule stuff (UPDATE: 2010-11 schedule released)

The Hawks are set to release their schedule at 2 p.m. today. I will break it down here soon after. You will break it down below soon after that. Together we will formulate predictions, opinion and analysis that likely will mean little once the Hawks open the season.

Now doesn’t that sound fun? Hey, it’s August.

UPDATE

The schedule is out. Here are some highlights:

– The Hawks open the season with two road games and three in four nights. They play at Memphis Oct. 27, at Philadelphia Oct. 29 and at home vs. Washington on Oct. 30.

– Atlanta’s longest road trip of the season is broken up by All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. Games at Detroit Feb. 14 and at New York Feb. 16 are followed by All-Star weekend Feb. 18-20. Atlanta the continues the trip out West with games at the Lakers, Suns, Warriors, Blazers and Nuggets.

– The Hawks follow that trip with nine of their next 10 games at Philips Arena with just one back-to-back set. Atlanta plays 14 of its last 21 games at home.

– Atlanta plays a total of 23 back-to-back sets: 11 home/away, seven away/home and five away/away.

– Miami’s SuperFriends won’t make their first regular-season visit until March 18. The Heat visit again for Atlanta’s home finale on April 11. Miami will play an exhibition game against the Hawks at Philips on Oct. 21.

– The defending champion Lakers come to town on March 8. Orlando visits Dec. 20 and March 30. Defending East champ Boston visits on Nov. 22 and April 1.

– The Hawks play host to the Wizards on Thanksgiving Night (Nov. 25).

–The Hawks will play 14 games on national TV: seven on NBA TV, four on ESPN and three on TNT.

My three thoughts, worth $.02 each:

1. That closing schedule looks like a kind of trade-off between opponents and location, doesn’t it? It’s hard for the Hawks to complain about 14 of their last 21 at home, but they draw the Bulls three times, Miami twice (though that April 11 game could be meaningless for the standings), Boston, the Lakers, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Orlando. On the plus side, the Hawks play consecutive road games just once during that span, and they are at Indiana and Washington.

2. There could be an opportunity for L.D. to get off to a good start in his first season as the head man. Memphis, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, Detroit and Minnesota looks to be a manageable stretch to open the season. As always, that comes with the caveat that’s it’s folly to look at NBA schedules and predict wins and losses. And four of those games are on the road, where the Hawks were known to mess around and not handle their business last season.

2. Breaking up the February trip with All-Star weekend sounds good to me. I’ll take the long weekend in L.A. It should be good for the Hawks, too, since it takes what could have potentially been one long, 12-day West Coast trip and makes it a four-day trip East and an eight-day trip West with a short vacation in between. And the Hawks have all those home games to look forward to when they return to Atlanta.

MC

259 comments Add your comment

Hawksfan

August 10th, 2010
10:48 am

Andre

August 10th, 2010
10:48 am

Mike, you make it sound like school. lol

MannyT

August 10th, 2010
10:49 am

NBA schedule and Madden in the same day. It’s summer utopia!

Jamaaliver

August 10th, 2010
10:51 am

I hope we get a manageable schedule to start the season. Momentum is a powerful thing, and if we can get a nice 7-8 game winning streak at the beginning of the season, it takes the pressure off the dog days of January and February when the young cats hit the wall and the season just seems to drag on in general.

JeJe

August 10th, 2010
10:58 am

Great blog MC!

Good job!

The Real JC

August 10th, 2010
11:06 am

@MannyT – yeah, I just had a sportsgasm!

i_am_soulstar

August 10th, 2010
11:13 am

Guess I should finish all my work before 2pm. I need at least an uninterrupted hour to break down the schedule in it’s entirety.

Mz. Hawkdafied

August 10th, 2010
11:15 am

Looking forward to 2PM. Can’t wait to see the full schedule. Go Hawks!

TOMMY TROJAN

August 10th, 2010
11:32 am

What’s there to breakdown? Unless I missed the NBA contracting or expanding, aren’t they playing the same teams as last year?

Einstein

August 10th, 2010
11:36 am

It’s all about when and where brutha

KevinM

August 10th, 2010
11:37 am

How many back-2-backs? Any back-2-backs with same team?
When is the left coast trip where we hope to break even?

How many times will Miami come to Philips and fill the place?

When does John Wall come to Philips? He and Arenas together will be interesting to watch.

Can we beat OKC this year?

Westurd

August 10th, 2010
11:48 am

BREAKING NEWS: At 10:40 today Michael Cunningham writes a blog about a story that will happen at 2:00 with a follow up blog reporting on the story that came out at 2:00. Whoa, got a headache just writting that.

Man, I feel you MC. Too little to report huh? How about what Woody is doing these days and if his eyebrows have grown back yet?

MannyT

August 10th, 2010
11:50 am

Another chance to sell a few tix…gone.

From Twitter–daldridgetnt
McGrady agrees to come off bench in Detroit after agreeing to 1 year min. Story up soon on NBA.com.

Maybe the Hawks will have a has been mini pack to get folks out to see the stars a 5 years ago come off the bench for other teams ;-)

Jello Biafra

August 10th, 2010
11:56 am

I can’t believe we only have 3 nationally televised games (7 if you count NBA TV). That’s a brutal 7-game road trip in December as well. I do like that we open with 4 of our first 5 at home, though.

I’ll be there December 23 when we host the Heat.

KevinM

August 10th, 2010
12:00 pm

http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/68588/20100808/horford_moving_from_center_to_power_forward/

A bit off topic……..

I don’t know how much this has been reviewed, but LD is telling Al things are changing….

Has this been discussed under the MC blogs? How is this going to come together? Doesn’t this remind you of the days when Jason Collier(RIP) was going to be the starting center? We are going with Zaza and Twin?
Really?

I always said Al was more of a Tim Duncan to us than he should have been having to share the paint with PF Smoove?

If we went by the Holling PER rankings, Smoove ranks above all Hawks in PER by far….and Al is ahead of E#2. JC1 comes in around 41.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 10th, 2010
12:03 pm

Charge douple for Miami Tickets and discount Cleveland tickets. LeBron factor.

darrell starks

August 10th, 2010
12:04 pm

Kevin if horford play powerford where do josh play ?
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

August 10th, 2010
12:08 pm

For LD 2 tell horford he will play more powerford is he throwing hint about josh being traded ?
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Cunningham

August 10th, 2010
12:09 pm

@Westurd: it’s been awfully quiet on the Woody front. there was a slight buzz that he’d get a look for the Clips gig and then nothing.

Jello Biafra

August 10th, 2010
12:11 pm

Darrell, what is a ford? The car manufacturer?

Michael Cunningham

August 10th, 2010
12:13 pm

@ Andre: “Mike, you make it sound like school. lol”

ha, not quite that bad. it just doesn’t have the same feeling as when football skeds come out.

Jello Biafra

August 10th, 2010
12:14 pm

Another brutal stretch – @Orlando on Jan. 13, @Miami on Jan. 14, LA Lakers on Jan. 17, Houston on Jan. 19, @Boston on Jan. 21, @Washington on Jan. 22, vs. Dallas on Jan. 25, vs. Chicago Jan. 26.

At least the Chicago game is on TNT.

darrell starks

August 10th, 2010
12:15 pm

MC i have some serious Q 2 ask ASG if im going 2 renew my tickets.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

August 10th, 2010
12:19 pm

JELLO BIAFRA ford is not a manufacture it’s the clutch on a 4wheel drive LOL.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

Jello Biafra

August 10th, 2010
12:20 pm

I like the fact that we end the season with Memphis at home. We should be able to rest the starters in prep for our first round series against Boston or Orlando (whichever is the #3 seed).

O'Brien

August 10th, 2010
12:35 pm

MannyT,

I suggested the ASG bring TMac in (mostly for marketing), but also, maybe he works his way back to being a decent contributor off the bench.

As for the schedule, if Drew expands his rotations (from early in the season), then I dont think back to backs will the kind of struggle it has been in seasons past.

Big Ray

August 10th, 2010
12:36 pm

McGrady signs for the vet minimum in Detroit, agreeing to come off the bench.

ASG’s reply: “Who cares, we have the awesome Mo Evans.”

bigpoppa

August 10th, 2010
12:38 pm

Ithink the hawks will when 54 games and be the fourth seed in the east

i_am_soulstar

August 10th, 2010
12:39 pm

Tommy Trojan,

Who we’re playig at home? Who we’re playing away? Back-to-backs? West Coast trips? Texas triangles? All these things are important because they have an impact on a team’s regular season success, and may potentially affect the postseason.

The first 5 teams we play may have an effect on our momentum coming out of the gate. The last 5 teams we play may determine momentum going into the playoffs and/or seeding if we get locked in a race with another team for a certain seed.

UK THOROUGHBRED

August 10th, 2010
1:38 pm

I want to find out the two dates of when the Heat come to Phillips.

Jello Biafra

August 10th, 2010
1:42 pm

The Heat are coming December 23 and March 8.

Bob

August 10th, 2010
2:05 pm

Jello is clueless, Heat will be here March 18 and April 11.

Ken Strickland

August 10th, 2010
2:07 pm

BIG RAY-You know I won’t hesitate to challenge any one’s opinion, or offer my own, but I have to take a back seat on your comment about us not being interested in signing TMac for the vet minimum. I can envision him as being simply awesome in LDrew’s motion OFF. His overall ability to score, and willingness to come off the bench, along with JoCrawford, would certainly have made our SMOY JaCrawford more expendable.

darrell starks

August 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

Ken stricland i co-sign.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

Section 303

August 10th, 2010
2:11 pm

So, it’s past 2:00pm. I can’t find the schedule anywhere.

Hawk n the Ham

August 10th, 2010
2:19 pm

The “scores & schedules” page is currently down on nba.com. Patience folks, patience.

Bob

August 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

hosting Lakers March 8

BrittishAnger

August 10th, 2010
2:22 pm

Can’t wait to see the dates we outrun Boston’s old squad and make life difficult for Miami….Chris Bosh for biggest bust in 2011….right in front of Tracy McGrady and Shaq…..

Jello Biafra

August 10th, 2010
2:23 pm

Hey Bob,

how bout you go drink some cyanide, buddy? I gave people answers. I never vouched for the validity of my dates.

Bob

August 10th, 2010
2:23 pm

hosting Boston November 22 and April 1

BrittishAnger

August 10th, 2010
2:23 pm

Hillarious to note that Jello Biafra’s post is followed by one from Bob….tiny devolving saucer filled universe….

Bob

August 10th, 2010
2:25 pm

home opener Oct 30 vs. Wiz

Bob

August 10th, 2010
2:27 pm

open season @ Memphis Oct 27 and @ Philly Oct 29

Bob

August 10th, 2010
2:31 pm

hosting Wiz on Thanksgiving night, Kings on MLK day

JeJez

August 10th, 2010
2:36 pm

http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/68588/20100808/horford_moving_from_center_to_power_forward/

THIS IS UNCLEAR. IS HORFORD GOING TO STAY AT CENTER OR MOVE TO PF. HORFORD SAYS HE IS MOVING. THEN IT SAYS HE WILL PLAY MORE AT PF

IDIOTS

Astro Joe

August 10th, 2010
2:36 pm

One chance to watch Miami’s Dreamgirls at Philips, because the second game is second to last of the season and those cats will likely be wearing suits and chillin on the bench.

Astro Joe

August 10th, 2010
2:39 pm

I wonder how much revenue the ASG just lost by having that second Miami game at the back-end of the season when those guys won’t likely be playing? And how many casual fans wil show up thinking that they will see the Dreamgirls at season’s end?

Michael Cunningham

August 10th, 2010
2:39 pm

Blog updates with Hawks sked link.

northcyde

August 10th, 2010
2:40 pm

7 national TV games I see. ( I do not count NBA TV games as being National TV . . even though the Hawks website is trying to sell it that way ).

I was saying 4 – 6 national TV games. Dang shame that we couldn’t at least get 10. Let me check the other websites, to see how many ESPN/TNT games some other teams got

GeeMack

August 10th, 2010
2:47 pm

How in the world did Pat Riley sign 3 of the top 15 player in the league in 1 offseason?

Al and Josh have been saying all summer they needed help down low and the best we could do was Powell and Collins. Lol.

What should the Atlanta fans be excited about?