Atlanta Hawks: The 2011-12 schedule, just in case

There is no league business because of the lockout but there is a schedule. There have been no bargaining session between owners and players since last month but let’s be optimistic and assume the schedule will go off as planned and the Hawks will open Nov. 2 at Minnesota.

Usually there would be some major free-agent signings by now and there would be a better sense of how teams might stack up. As it stands now, the Hawks have just seven players with guaranteed contracts for next season. By comparison, Miami has nine players with guaranteed deals (assuming no one is going to make a run at restricted-free agent Mario Chalmers), Chicago has nine players, Boston has seven (assuming Jeff Green stays put) and Orlando has 10.

But all five of the East’s top teams can pretty much return with their cores intact (with perhaps Orlando as an exception since J-Rich will be a free agent). So here’s a quick look at some schedule highlights for the Hawks:

  • Last season Atlanta’s early schedule was grueling, if not by quality (of opponents) then quantity (of games). This time they only play 13 games in October/November with just two sets of back-to-backs.But nine of those 13 games are against playoff teams, including road games vs. Chicago, Orlando and Miami and home games vs. Dallas and Boston.
  • The busy stretch is in March, when the Hawks play 17 games with 11 on the road and six sets of back-to-backs. They close out the month with eight games in 12 days.
  • The Hawks are scheduled to play a total of 20 sets of back-to-back games. They are to play four games in five nights on two occasions and have 11 stretches of three games in four nights.
  • For the third consecutive season the Hawks will play on Thanksgiving Day on TNT. They have seven other games scheduled for national TV, all on ESPN.
  • The MLK Day opponent is Toronto on Jan. 16.
  • Weekday games at Philips Arena are set to start at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

200 comments Add your comment

DHD

July 19th, 2011
3:56 pm

Dre

July 19th, 2011
3:56 pm

Thanks for the info Michael.

UGA

July 19th, 2011
3:59 pm

Thanks MC:

There is not much else going on obviously, could you do a blog on some players the Hawks could target to fill out the roster or something similar? Kind of like you did last summer.
Thanks

Melvin

July 19th, 2011
4:37 pm

Welcome back MC….

Astro Joe

July 19th, 2011
4:47 pm

Is this Hawks blog real or am I just delusional after going so long without a Hawks/AJC blog?

Astro Joe

July 19th, 2011
4:51 pm

Woody was better than Auerbach. Josh Smith shoots like Larry Bird. Speedy Claxton is an NBA Legend. Adam Keefe could have been Karl Malone. Bob Sura’s triple-double should have counted. Marvin has more fire than the Human Torch. Heat Check… I want to hear someone say Heat Check!!!

Delusional, I tell you… I’ve done lost my mind.

BigTimeTechFan

July 19th, 2011
4:53 pm

Looks like they play the same teams they played last year.

Not one penny...

July 19th, 2011
4:53 pm

Don’t care until ASG sells.

drmaryb (*_-)

July 19th, 2011
5:02 pm

Are those big manly MEN gonna play after all?? Ladies, start your engines!!!

OMG, I LOOOOOOOVE MEN!!!!

Dave

July 19th, 2011
5:17 pm

Heads up: even if there is a season, save your money, skip the Hawks, you will be so glad you did.

Geemack

July 19th, 2011
5:52 pm

Another boring season at Phillips Arena.

Go figure

July 19th, 2011
5:56 pm

Does any body really care? How wants to pay to watch a team lead by captain Mediocre Al Horford?

How freaking boring!!!

The press wants to build behind a guy who has begged out of helping the team,by playing a need position. Instead of embracing the position and playing defense he escorts to the basket in hope that he will be placed at power forward. Josh Smith is a better power forward than Captain mediocre.

And Woodson is better than JDrew! The Hawks are getting worse, sells are down and the fans are fleeing.

F the Hawks! Shove that 2011/12 schedule.

Ex hawk

July 19th, 2011
6:00 pm

Does any body really care? Hawks are losers… Trade Al

A concerned fan..

July 19th, 2011
6:33 pm

Finnally theres a blog….

A concerned fan..

July 19th, 2011
6:35 pm

GET THIS F**CKING LOCKOUT OVER WITH!

Stephen

July 19th, 2011
6:54 pm

Just wanted to wish ASG all the worst luck in the Hawks and the rest of their future endeavors.

Ken Strickland

July 19th, 2011
6:54 pm

DRMARYB-Baby, you are truely off the chain, but in a very good way.

I don’t believe the Hawks will be boring this season, assuming we have a season. LDrew is in the final yr of his contract, and although he shares some of the same STUBBORN STUPIDITY as MWoodson, I just don’t think he’s as stupid overall. Unlike Woodson, he’ll definitely give JTeague plenty of burn, even if he refuses to let him start.

We also know we won’t have any DEF liabilities at PG who will consistently slow the ball down, or spend all of his time on the perimeter looking to launch 3’s. With Teague and Hinrich as our primary PG’s, we’ll definitely run a lot more than we have in the past.

They will also create easier scoring opportunities for others with their ability to penetrate and speed up the gm with more fastbreak opportunities. This yrs team will definitely be a lot more exciting and productive than last yrs. With Hinrich, we retain the outside shooting ability that Bibby brought, and we gain the DEF ability, and just about everything else, that was totally absent with Bibby.

Whether Teague atarts or comes off the bench, he’ll give us the DEF and other dynamics that we missed with Jamal. While he’s not as explosive offensively as Jamal, he can certainly provide the consistency that he lacked. He’s also proven he can provide the 14PPG that we got from Jamal last yr.

The Hawks are a long way from being the team we want them to be, but they are an even longer way from being as bad as some of you try to make them out to be. Bad teams don’t make the playoffs 4 consective yrs, or make it to the 2nd rd 3 consecutive yrs.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 19th, 2011
7:10 pm

Quit closing the Hawks blog. I don’t want to have to go to Peachtree Hoops to post comments.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 19th, 2011
7:11 pm

Free Jeff Teague

doc

July 19th, 2011
7:30 pm

well someone did show up. i didnt think being first would be an honor on this one after being down so long. agree with najeh, penny counters at ajc must be playing hard ball.

glad to see ken has not turned pithy on us.

btw ken, that is not dmb. some things dont change.

still pondering pulling out of the season ticket line and asking for refund. i think i will have plenty of time to figure it out if and when this ends.

doc

July 19th, 2011
7:36 pm

look MC, could you please keep this open so adults can still talk among themselves. i have been following the discussion on cpj lambasting the ncaa sleeze bags and am overwhelmed at the level of immaturity there between the pup and techie fans. 2 of 3 are candidates for strong anti-psychotic meds. pretty please?

Sautee

July 19th, 2011
8:51 pm

MC,

If the blog is going to close after X number of comments, could you at LEAST explain why?

Some of us would like an actual reason.

Grandad

July 19th, 2011
9:14 pm

Check, Co-Sign & Amen;
to Naj, doc and sautee !

To Mr Cunningham:
Keep the dad-blasted blog open;
If you are required to write sumthin’ once or twice a week,
(so it can stay up)~(us old guys know ’bout keepin’ stuff up)
E-mail or call me . . . . . I’ll write it for you.
[even if I have to make something up]
-or-
Better yet, you make somethin’ up.
Just keep the Blog open !

Grandad

July 19th, 2011
9:19 pm

doc

“look MC”
“could you please keep this open”
“so *[adults] can still talk among themselves”

doc;
would yawl include those of us who have entered 2nd childhood ?

Melvin

July 19th, 2011
9:29 pm

doc,

Looking at the schedule, I see a lot of good games tentative schedule(pending lockout) for the weekend so you will be seeing me this season. Hopefully, you will keep your tix buddy…

Melvin

July 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

I see the AJC added a spell checker to the comment box. At least they added an upgrade during their lockout of the blog fans… LOL

Hammer22

July 19th, 2011
10:23 pm

Finally, a new blog post.

doc

July 19th, 2011
11:04 pm

sure gd all non-psychotics welcome. i dont think for a second you needed to enter your second childhood to b here or anywhere for that matter. heh heh

i hear ya bud melvin, cant wait to see you on kiss cam again. classic and you didnt fumble the passs either if i remember.

Ra'mon

July 19th, 2011
11:05 pm

I must be on the wrong site, because AJC.com doesn’t have a Hawks blog do they??

MC, please stop closing the blogs.

Section 303

July 20th, 2011
12:00 am

This is actually a pretty good schedule. Some big games on the weekends should help attendance.

Too bad none of these games are going to be played. There will be no season this year.

Columbus

July 20th, 2011
12:49 am

Same ASG ownership? They have ONE chance and that is this year to redeem themselves since they now have their full attention on the Hawks. if they do not make it to the Conference finals we WILL BOYCOTT THE HAWKS IN EVERY WAY UNTIL THEY ARE GONE.

I want them gone now but I will give them THIS year to redeem themselves and get the BEST CENTER that is available in the WORLD that is available. NO MATTER WHAT IT COSTS MONETARILY. Joe and Al need help in the middle. They need athleticiism that we had when Josh Childers was on the team. We were fun to watch then and the team would feed off the energy of the running and slamming high-flying fast breaks. Josh Smith dont do as much of that anymore for whatever reason. Maybe him and Teague can get it going if Josh is still around.

1) A Top Center
2) Energy
3) Phil Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, PAY for a coach! Could have had Doc maybe a few years back you cheapos!
4) Strong D is a MUST!

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

July 20th, 2011
12:59 am

This is a lost season – too much greed and hubris on both sides. Stern is as tyrannical and stubborn as Genghis Khan. Players get criticized for going for the ring (Lebron) or going for the money (JJ) but players attract the crowds. Coaches and players alike can’t speak their minds without paying dearly through fines. Now they want a hard cap – getattahere!

Worldwide Clyde

July 20th, 2011
2:35 am

“Bob Sura’s triple-double should have counted.”

I thought it did. Oh well.

FIRE LD

Worldwide Clyde

July 20th, 2011
2:39 am

The Hawks Blog is the busiest blog on the AJC but they wanna shut us down. I feel like Freaknic. They leave that sorry Falcons blog up year round but us Hawks fans get no respect. SMGDH

Buddy Grizzard

July 20th, 2011
3:30 am

Buddy Grizzard

July 20th, 2011
3:31 am

And yeah eat a dick AJC.

nba-stinks

July 20th, 2011
5:35 am

This NEEDS to be The Seattle schedule, NOT here, this team STINKS and needs to be SOLD and MOVED ASAP. Going to a Cancer ward is more interesting and fun than this CRAP NOTHING sport !!!!

MOVE MOVE MOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin

July 20th, 2011
5:59 am

Who cares if start at 12 midnight let them sweat before empty seats …To all hawks fans if u go please wear only Thrasher’s gear to Game for opener show up the owners on floor Boo them so loud u can’t hear them speak on court! I know u folks can show Geron levsason n friends and ASG to shove it where the sun never see light at…. stay away please folks show them all thrasher’s jersey at game make it blueland all season at NBA not Hawkland….enjoy eatin crow ASG we not ever show up see u n give u money let The Mayor run cryin too!

vava74

July 20th, 2011
6:01 am

Start Teague and everything will change.

It’s that simple.

The whole perimeter oriented game dynamic will change and everyone will benefit. Everyone.

JustAThought

July 20th, 2011
6:12 am

Oh wait! What, no e-mail to season ticket holders “asking” them what time they would prefer games to start…………………………….Oh I know you didn’t think I would forget did you?

drmaryb (*_*)

July 20th, 2011
7:57 am

Blog Trolle!

“DRMARYB-Baby, you are truely off the chain, but in a very good way.” -Ken Stricklnnd-
________________

My I’d was hi-jacked again: you know who it is – T.S. Hard at work! LOL! (poor guy).

Anyway, good to see you back @ work on the blog!
All I want to hear about is a: Sale Completed … Don’t want another year of the ASG foolishness. (smh)

Mike C

July 20th, 2011
10:09 am

Finally, another Hawks blog is up.

The only thing I want to hear is that Hawks has been sold to somebody that actually cares(they are very quiet about this, since the impending sale report about a month ago).

@nba-stinks – for the love of……… if you dont like the NBA, then why post on here?

ICECOLD

July 20th, 2011
10:43 am

start teague.. move josh smith to small forward.. leave marvin on the bench.. go from their

Slimjr

July 20th, 2011
11:00 am

Hung out @ Copelands the other day for lunch. My waiter told us that one of the assistant coaches for the Hawks mentioned they were trying to trade Josh before the lock out.

ICECOLD

July 20th, 2011
11:20 am

jeff teague
joe johnson
josh smith
al horford
zaza pachulia

would be a good starting five if no changes are made

Slimjr

July 20th, 2011
11:36 am

42,43,skip,45,46,47…..50 years(5 decades), half of a century and no ECF visits?

What will it take to get this team over the hump?

Sale!Sale! Sale! Then clean house…..Get the broom out asap….Make it so….

Dwayne

July 20th, 2011
11:38 am

I love basketball, love the Hawks, but the ASG LLC(atl. ass clowns)(sucknificant seven)(Liars, Lawsuits and Contempt) will ruin basketball in Atlanta, lets hope they sell quickly.

Dwayne

July 20th, 2011
11:43 am

Josh Smith will take any trade to anywhere, he and Ilya Kovelchuk were good friends, hung out as homies, JS knows the atl.a$$ clowns are useless. I know these things are true, my best friends uncles ex wife’s cousins grandfather over heard the conversation between JS and IK on a elevator at the Westin.

hawksfancents95

July 20th, 2011
11:43 am

im tryn to figure why the ajc shuts this blog down, dont they want the extra traffic goin thru their website? i read at least two stories on their home page before i start to blog, it makes no sense.
back to the hawks, i think this lockout wont come to an end until early 2012. id like to see all NBA fans lockout the first game when it finally occurs, imagine stern thinkin everyone is happy that the nba is gona start again and then only 2-5 thousand people only show up for ever teams first home game. that would be legendary. slap straight to sterns face. he has lost touch with the fact that the nba is for the fans and is more concerned with his owners makin hella-millions instead of mega-millions.
ill make a hawks comment when something happens… tick.. tick tick.. tick tick

Slimjr

July 20th, 2011
11:45 am

Ex hawk

July 19th, 2011
6:00 pm

“Does any body really care? Hawks are losers… Trade Al”

Sorry to see your an ex Hawk fan…..And yes we care a whole bunch!

Trade Allstar-All NBA Al for who?