Updated: Hawks schedule released

Vivlamore filling in for MC.

The Hawks 2012-13 regular-season schedule was released Thursday and fans will get an opportunity to see two former key members of their team – Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams – return to Philips Arena in a five-day span.

The schedule also includes games against the Eastern and Western Conference champions, the Heat and Thunder, in a five-day span in the first month of the season.

Here are several other notables about the schedule:

Lin-sane start: The Hawks open the regular-season at home against the Rockets on Friday, Nov. 2. That will be Jeremy Lin’s first game with Houston after leaving the Knicks as a free agent this month. The season ends in New York against the Knicks and the Hawks old head coach Mike Woodson. Five of the eight games in April to end the season are at home.

Welcome back: Williams will return to Atlanta on Friday, Jan. 11 with the Jazz, exactly six months after he was traded. Johnson returns on Wednesday, Jan. 16 as a member of the Nets after he was traded in the off-season. The Hawks next game is also against Johnson, a Jan. 18 matchup in Brooklyn. Johnson will play once more in Atlanta on March 9.

Champions: The Hawks host the defending NBA champion Heat on Nov. 9. They will travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Nov. 4, the second game of the season.

Longest stretches: The schedule includes a season-high five straight home games from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7. It includes a season-long road trip of six games between Feb. 24 and March 4. The schedule features 30 stretches of three games in four nights. It also includes four stretches of four games in five nights.

Take a break: The NBA All-Star weekend will be Feb. 14-17 in Houston. The Hawks will play 51 games before the break, 26 at home.

National TV: The Hawks have six games on national television. They are on ESPN three times (twice vs. the Knicks and once vs. the Heat) and on NBA TV three times (vs. the Magic, Bulls and Pacers).

Holiday play: The Timberwolves will be this year’s Martin Luther King Day opponent at Philips Arena. They do not play on Thanksgiving or Christmas day but will spend New Year’s Eve in Houston and New Year’s Day in New Orleans.

Here is the complete Hawks’ 2012-13 regular-season schedule:

NOVEMBER

Fri 2                         HOUSTON                               7:30

Sun 4                       @Oklahoma City                     7:00

Wed 7                     INDIANA                                  7:30

Fri 9                         MIAMI                                     7:30

Sun 11                     @LA Clippers                          3:30

Mon 12                    @Portland                                10:00

Wed 14                   @Golden State                        10:30

Fri 16                       @Sacramento                         10:00

Mon 19                    ORLANDO            (NBATV)         7:30

Wed 21                   WASHINGTON                        7:30

Fri 23                       @Charlotte                             7:00

Sat 24                      LA CLIPPERS                            7:00

Wed 28                   CHARLOTTE                            7:30

Fri 30                       CLEVELAND                             7:30

DECEMBER

Sun 3                       @LA Lakers                               9:30

Wed 5                     DENVER                                  7:30

Fri 7                         WASHINGTON                        7:30

Sat 8                        @Memphis                              8:00

Mon 10                    @Miami                                  7:30

Wed 12                   @Orlando                               7:00

Thu 13                     CHARLOTTE                            7:30

Sat 15                      GOLDEN STATE                        7:00

Tue 18                     @Washington                         7:00

Wed 19                   OKLAHOMA CITY                    7:30

Fri 21                       @Philadelphia                        7:00

Sat 22                      CHICAGO                                 7:00

Wed 26                   DETROIT                                  7:30

Fri 28                       @Cleveland                             7:30

Sat 29                      INDIANA                                  7:00

Mon 31                    @Houston                               7:00

JANUARY

Tue 1                       @New Orleans                       8:00

Fri 4                         @Detroit                                 7:30

Sat 5                        BOSTON                                  7:00

Tue 8                       @Minnesota                           8:00

Wed 9                     @Cleveland                             7:00

Fri 11                       UTAH                                      7:30

Sat 12                      @Washington                          7:00

Mon 14                    @Chicago            (NBATV)         8:00

Wed 16                   BROOKLYN                              7:30

Fri 18                       @Brooklyn                               7:30

Sat 19                      SAN ANTONIO                        7:00

Mon 21    (#)           MINNESOTA                           2:00

Wed 23                   @Charlotte                             7:00

Fri 25                       BOSTON                                  7:30

Sun 27                     @New York            (ESPN)         6:30

Wed 30                   TORONTO                               7:30

FEBRUARY

Sat 2                        CHICAGO                                    7:00

Tue 5                       @Indiana                                                   7:00

Wed 6                     MEMPHIS                                   7:30

Fri 8                         NEW ORLEANS                          7:30

Mon 11                    @Dallas                                     8:30

Wed 13                   @Orlando                                  7:00

ALL-STAR BREAK – February 14-17 – HOUSTON, TX

Wed 20                   MIAMI                     (ESPN)         8:00

Fri 22                       SACRAMENTO                           7:30

Sat 23                      @Milwaukee                             8:30

Mon 25                    @Detroit                                    7:30

Wed 27                   @Utah                                      9:00

MARCH

Fri 1                         @Phoenix                                   9:00

Sun 3                       @LA Lakers                               9:30

Mon 4                      @Denver                                    9:00

Wed 6                     PHILADELPHIA                           7:30

Fri 8                         @Boston                                    7:30

Sat 9                        BROOKLYN                                7:00

Tue 12                     @Miami                                     7:30

Wed 13                   LA LAKERS                                 7:30

Fri 15                       PHOENIX                                    7:30

Sun 17                     @Brooklyn                                 8:00

Mon 18                    DALLAS                                       7:30

Wed 20                   MILWAUKEE                              7:30

Fri 22                       PORTLAND                                 7:30

Sun 24                     @Milwaukee                             3:00

Mon 25                    @Indiana                                (NBATV)       7:00

Wed 27                   @Toronto                                   7:00

Fri 29                       @Boston                                                    7:30

Sat 30                      ORLANDO                                  7:00

APRIL

Mon 1                      CLEVELAND                                7:30

Wed 3                     NEW YORK              (ESPN)         7:00

Fri 5                         PHILADELPHIA                           7:30

Sat 6                        @San Antonio                            8:30

Wed 10                   @Philadelphia                           7:00

Fri 12                       MILWAUKEE                              7:30

Tue 16                     TORONTO                                  7:30

Wed 17                   @New York                                8:00

- Chris Vivlamore

462 comments Add your comment

SteveW

July 28th, 2012
7:27 pm

The Hawks best players in order, with ages and comments – And know, some players enter their prime at different stages than other players:

Josh Smith – Turns 27 Dec. 5th – Entering his prime

Al Horford – 26 – Beginning his prime

Lou Williams – 26 – Entering his prime

Devin Harris – 29, turns 30 during season – A little past his prime maybe. Came on strong the last two months last season.

Jeff Teague – 24 – Not quite in his prime. Look at what Lowery and Rondo did from age 24 to 26 – exploded.

ZaZa – 28 turns 29 – In his prime. Good job last year.

Anthony Morrow – 27 – In his prime

Ivan Johnson – 28 turns 29 April 10th – In his prime

Kyle Korver – 31 turns 32 in March – Past his prime. This is the first Hawks player of our top 9 that is past his prime.

John Jenkins – 21 turns 22 in March – Just starting out

DeShawn Stevenson – 31, turns 32 in April – Past his prime

Johan Petro – 26 turns 27 in January – Hopefully coming into his prime – he had some promising games last season.

We have so many guys entering their prime, or near it – that is one “X” Factor that gives me some optimism for the upcoming season.

We may fuse together pretty good.

Astro Joe

July 28th, 2012
7:41 pm

Pretty sure a guy name Forman is the Bulls GM. And the team website would be a better source than a rumor aggregator. IMO, Josh had the best season last year, which is different than declaring him the best player on the team. I think Broussard got it right.

SteveW

July 28th, 2012
7:46 pm

For those of you who still don’t respect Josh Smith – I just can’t get over his 16.8 pts per game, 13.6 rebounds per game and 4.8 assists per game vs. the Celtics in the playoffs on a bum knee.

The guys is a warrior. Sure I wish he would have shot better. But he is a warrior, no question about it.

SteveW

July 28th, 2012
7:59 pm

AJ – What I posted above was random – it was not in response to your post. I had not seen your post when I posted about Josh.

And remember who the Celtics were last season – a team that came within a little bit of winning the East, and maybe winning it all.

The Celts played the Heat way better than the Thunder did.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

July 28th, 2012
8:32 pm

doc

July 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

technically paxson is vp of ops giving up the gm job and bouncing upstairs in 2009, the american way:

“On May 21, 2009, Gar Forman replaced Paxson as GM. Paxson’s current title is VP of Basketball Operations.”

doc

July 28th, 2012
9:32 pm

i also think DF was a vp in san antoine. not so sure what vp means or designates.

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
10:20 pm

Good call Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde. I’ll take Lou over Joe any day. You watch that clip and he’s feeling the music. Joe never felt anything a day in his life. It’s hard to cheer for a “star” who has no soul. Lou Williams about to run this.

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
10:34 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REF5j4wdjmg

Kyle Korver thinking thank God I don’t have to guard Lou Williams this year.

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
10:37 pm

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
10:46 pm

“We have so many guys entering their prime, or near it – that is one “X” Factor that gives me some optimism for the upcoming season.”

SteveW good analysis. I just don’t get the Korver signing unless it’s just to stock another expiring contract to use for a future trade. High-sider probably expects me to lead the Kyle Korver cheering section since he’s white but the guy is a stiff. His only ability is already duplicated by better players on the roster.

High-sider

July 28th, 2012
11:18 pm

@Buddy Grizzard

Buddy Grizzard
July 28th, 2012
10:46 pm

“We have so many guys entering their prime, or near it – that is one “X” Factor that gives me some optimism for the upcoming season.”

SteveW good analysis. I just don’t get the Korver signing unless it’s just to stock another expiring contract to use for a future trade. High-sider probably expects me to lead the Kyle Korver cheering section since he’s white but the guy is a stiff. His only ability is already duplicated by better players on the roster.
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The Kyle Korver signing fulfills the Atlanta Hawks’ new “we-need-at-least-one-American-born-white-player-on-the-roster” policy. [Can you say "reverse affirmative action"?] The Hawks lose Kirk Hinrich and gain [or net] Kyle Korver. See what the Hawks [franchise] did there.

And, yes, I do expect for you, Buddy Grizzard, to be [secretly] leading the Kyle Korver cheering section. Please note I will be cheering for Kyle Korver, too, if and, when he starts raining 3’s for the Hawks.

Have pen / Will travel.

July 28th, 2012
11:24 pm

Its really sad that we could not get more results from Al Horford. He, Marvin William and Jeff Teague are the worst underachievers that have held this team back. If we had Up Graded Al’s Position and Up graded Teague’s Position This team would have be a serious competitor. We will never be a serious competitor with Teague and Horford having any significant role on this team. Both should have been traded with Marvin, That would have clear out what remains of the cores disappointment.

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
11:26 pm

“No, Paxson has been gone since 2/09. Tim Floyd brought in Gar Forman in Feb ‘09 and is the reason for their most recent success with personnel. He was able to get rid of Thomas.”

Since 2003 he is the VP of Basketball Operations of the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paxson

Have pen / Will travel.

July 28th, 2012
11:27 pm

*That would have cleared out what remains of the cores disappointment.

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
11:27 pm

High-sider when Korver starts raining 3s we can sing Eboy & Ivory.

Blue Steel

July 28th, 2012
11:29 pm

So if we cant get D12 for Horford and Teague, How can we upgrade at the center and point guard positions? I get it the Harris is an up grade over Teague, Can we get Al Jefferson as an upgrade over Horford?

Blue Steel

July 28th, 2012
11:33 pm

What the hell is ” Eboy’? is that some kind of gaythingy or homogamethingy ?

High-sider

July 28th, 2012
11:36 pm

@doc

doc
July 28th, 2012
9:32 pm

i also think DF was a vp in san antoine. not so sure what vp means or designates.
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Did you mean “San Antone” which is one of several nicknames for San Antonio [TX]? Other nicknames for San Antonio include River City, Alamo City, Military City USA and Countdown City. Did the Hispanic/Latino ethnic group[s] “honor” Antoine Carr and Antoine Walker by naming a city after those two [former] NBA players? Did I miss something?

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
11:37 pm

Buddy Grizzard
June 24th, 2012
5:36 pm

Most of the horrible moves CLE made before and during the LeBron era were made by Jim Paxson, who now serves as a consultant to the Bulls, where is brother John Paxson is VP of Basketball Operations. Jim Paxson was Cavs GM from 1999 until April 2005. His tenure there was a commedy of errors as the Cavs recorded a 185-307 record.

1999: Andre Miller (8th); Trajan Langdon (11th)

2000: Jamal Crawford (8th) traded with cash to CHI for 7th pick Chris Mihm

2001: DeSagana Diop (8th); missed on Joe Johnson (10th)

2002: Dajuan Wagner (6th); missed on Amare Stoudamire (9th)

July 30th, 2002, CLE trades Andre Miller and Bryant Stith to LAC for Darius Miles and Harold Jamison. This was after a season in which Miller averaged 16.5 points and 10.8 assists.

2003: LeBron James

2004: Luke Jackson (10th); missed on Al Jefferson (15th), Josh Smith (17th). This would be the last lottery pick of the LeBron James era.

On June 27th, 2005, Danny Ferry was hired as GM by CLE.

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
11:39 pm

Ebony & Ivory was a duet between Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Grats on having gay ish on your mind.

Blue Steel

July 28th, 2012
11:47 pm

You said something about “Eboy” so I was just wondering if that was some of your homocode Obama supported or not. I not interested in that type of behavior. sorry, Ill pass.

On a basketball note:

NBA Trade Rumors – Dwight Howard to Atlanta Hawks?
July 26, 2012 05:55 PM EDT

Dwight Howard has been linked to a number of teams during this NBA off-season, but the closest to his heart is Atlanta, Howard’s hometown. The Hawks could use the publicity after making the playoffs the last few seasons, but making an early exit.

While teams like the LA Lakers and Houston Rockets have made a move to land the All-Star center, Orlando has balked at deals that could have landed them Andrew Bynum and a host of other young talented players; but dealing with the Hawks, the Magic could get a good group of players and draft picks and Howard could return to his home with a hero’s welcome.

The 26-year-old is the most dominating center in basketball and last season he averaged over 20 points and 14 rebounds per game. In his eight years in the NBA, his career numbers of 18 points, 13 rebounds, and two block shots are Hall of Fame numbers, but winning a title is a must on his résumé and Orlando lost that shot a couple of years back.

While the media market in Atlanta is not that of other big basketball cities, landing Howard would put the Hawks back into the limelight and create a huge buzz among their fans. While nothing official has happened, look for the Hawks to make a big push to land the 2004 top overall pick and create a media storm that the team hasn’t had since the likes of Dominique Wilkins.

Blue Steel

July 28th, 2012
11:52 pm

What the hell is “commedy” man, its too much Homocoding sissy type stuff from this blogger dude. Ya’ll need to clean up this dude with the commedy/eboy sissy trick game.

Blue Steel

July 28th, 2012
11:55 pm

Yo, can we just talk basketball?

JaeEvolution

July 29th, 2012
12:50 am

Should sign Matt Barnes and Kenyon Martin so we could march out a lineup of:

PG – DeShawn Stevenson SG – Matt Barnes SF – Ivan Johnson PF – Kenyon Martin C – Zaza Pachulia

AKA All-Goon NBA Team

Andy Ried

July 29th, 2012
1:08 am

yay new material!!!!! starting to think nobody cared about the hawks anymore lol. could happen for some reason we ATL fans get a lot of hate for no reason. Im more excited about this team then the previous 2. I believe in ferry and LD if he just learned how to substituent players better. His play calling and coaching style can be very efficient when he subs right. No Iso Joe to get bailed out by. He is going to really get better at it, but with more role player it should be easier to run plays and match up in some situations more effectively And next year I cant wait to see who we can acquire… CP3? Howard would be nice and be able to sign multi year deal but his attitude sucks and can destroy a ball club. Too many red flags with Howard? Who knows but Id really like to see Al in 2 years… We will see!!!!! ……………………And Mike Vike……. Dynasty? love optimism lol here we go again

Buddy Grizzard

July 29th, 2012
1:22 am

Najeh Davenpoop

July 29th, 2012
1:37 am

The real Andy Reid would have started wheezing a quarter of the way through that and wouldn’t have made it all the way through without passing out from exhaustion.

Balance Is key

July 29th, 2012
2:11 am

Starters:

Teague

Harris

Morrow

Horford

Smith

2nd Unit:

Lou

Jenkins

Korver

Ivan

Zaza

Balance Is key

July 29th, 2012
2:28 am

Why do you need CP3 when you have Harris, Teague, and Lou? All of whom are bigger, stronger, and play better D. Yeah CP3 gets you a few steals a game but I’ve seen him get lit up plenty of times by opposing PG’s (Teague on the other hand, Gave D-Will the business this past season)

Our team is built for transition speed and getting to the foul line in the half court. CP3 dominates the ball way too much to fit on our squad. Our offense would degenerate into a bunch of screens for CP3 and we would be very perdictable……thats IF LD changed his system to fit CP3 (which he wont) in our system yeat the PG brings the ball up, but after that everyone is passsing and moving (not a CP3 friendly offense).

Why does everyone wanna get rid of two guards (Teague/Harris) for an overrated PG with an extremely high usage rate (and questionable knees) who doesn’t fit? I don’t understand the hype.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnkt5NZgg6w

This roster + Dwight nets you a title without a doubt. No CP3 required. Besides, I doubt he’d wanna leave that nice clipper squad anyway (Besides the fact that we don’t need him)

Marvin is gone now folks. Let’s not live in the CP3/D-Will land of what-if’s and lets just move on…..please. We just fixed our mistake.

KevinM

July 29th, 2012
8:30 am

If Harris gets the nod from LD to start over JT, then you better have guys who can score. You can’t count on Harris for scoring.

He has decent Pg size, and I think he and JT could make for a very good combo.

I don’t see us going into training camp without a couple more major tweaks.

AG

July 29th, 2012
8:47 am

Again – it is very funny that people keep blogging about getting rid of Teague and Horford. Each has showed progress every season. Horford and Teague will have great seasons this year. Horford is hitting his prime. The two people who digressed over the last two seasons are gone – Williams and Joe. Go look at their stats. I would certainly prefer guys who’s numbers have increased every season.

Big Ray

July 29th, 2012
9:39 am

The Kyle Korver signing fulfills the Atlanta Hawks’ new “we-need-at-least-one-American-born-white-player-on-the-roster” policy. [Can you say "reverse affirmative action"?] The Hawks lose Kirk Hinrich and gain [or net] Kyle Korver. See what the Hawks [franchise] did there.

LOL….wow, you would see it that way.

random

July 29th, 2012
9:49 am

Wow, they dissing the hawks hard lol comparing the usa team to them b/c there is no fans there.

steven a smith

July 29th, 2012
11:01 am

Buddy Grizzard

July 28th, 2012
10:20 pm

Lou Williams is not a replacement for Joe Johnson Buddy”the idiot.” The Atlanta Hawks will need someone to replace Joe on the defensive side of the ball.

steven a smith

July 29th, 2012
11:06 am

A Hawks team with Tyson Chandler, Roy Hibbert, or Andrew Bynum, protecting th rim, would go deep into the playoffs. Having said that, they have to flip Al “Scrub” Horford for draft picks in order to have a chance at a franchise type player. They must get into the lottery. Free agent superstars do not want to come to Atlanta. Would you???

Melvin

July 29th, 2012
11:18 am

LOL…

Chris Tomasson: Joe Johnson turns 31 today. And he only has four years and $89 million left on his contract. about 8 minutes ago

Read more: http://hoopshype.com/twitter/media.html#ixzz221cLgAp0

pointguardslim

July 29th, 2012
12:08 pm

^^ I noticed Jrue Holiday was guarding Dwyane Wade, Lou Williams was guarding the PG…. So now Teague is gonna guard Wade?
We’re screwed smh.

pointguardslim

July 29th, 2012
12:11 pm

Josh Smith is in his prime right now. He already said his window was closing. Every year its more knee injuries from banging with big men, jumping to block shots. His jumping ability is already declining.

pointguardslim

July 29th, 2012
12:14 pm

CP3 having a high usage rate is bad how? The biggest problem is Lou is a tweener, a liability on defense.

I MUS WRITE

July 29th, 2012
12:38 pm

balance is key-i totally agree Ive been saying that josh and teague are the only 2 players on the roster that I would definitely keep. That move on D Roseat the 4:00 mark was sweet. Teague /Harris will more than equal or surpass CP3’s production.

Horford is another story. He will be here this yr but i wont be bothered at all i he i involved in a trade. Ivan gave us much of what Horford would have in limited minutes.

steven a smith

July 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

Missed out on Robin Lopez. He is a double/double guy who would have been a nice starter at the 5.

Sautee

July 29th, 2012
2:22 pm

“Missed out on Robin Lopez. He is a double/double guy who would have been a nice starter at the 5.”

Perhaps if you put down the hater-ade, you’d notice that in his last full season (2010-2011) Horford was third among centers in double-doubles, one behind Al Jefferson, who was second.

BTW, Horford had 2 double-doubles in his 10 games he played this year, whereas Robin Lopez had ZERO in 64 games. So tell me exactly WHEN R. Lopez was / is a “double/double guy”?

SteveW

July 29th, 2012
2:35 pm

The Cards won a World Series last season:

A – Because Tony LaRussa was an unbelievable manager – and I don’t like him – but he is what he is

B – Because they had a ton of guys 29-32 years old – in other words, alot of mediocre guys, who happened to be in their baseball prime.

I hope the Hawks can come close to replicating that.

I know this Hawks teams as constructed has some major holes with Defense and Size. But it still should be a fun team to watch.

Jae Evolution – And I like the all goon team! For a bench squad, they could give you some tough D and some hard fouls.

SteveW

July 29th, 2012
2:39 pm

Our offense should be dynamic:

PG – Teague/Harris is going to give you 20+ a nite

SG – Lou/Jenkins is going to give you 20+ a nite

SF – Morrow/Korver is going to give you somewhere around 20 a nite

PF – Josh/Ivan will give you more than 20+ a nite

C – Al/ZaZa will give you 20+ a nite

Defense is another matter – but San Antonio did pretty well with a great offensive team last season – all did Phoenix a couple of seasons ago.

SteveW

July 29th, 2012
2:41 pm

“as did” not “all did”

steven a smith

July 29th, 2012
2:57 pm

Sautee

July 29th, 2012
2:22 pm

Salty, Robin Lopez is “4″ times tougher on the glass than Al”Tito” Horford. He is a much better defender than Al “Tito” Horford.

steven a smith

July 29th, 2012
2:59 pm

SteveW

July 29th, 2012
2:39 pm

C – Al/ZaZa will give you 20+ a nite
“Put down that bottle Bro.” It is way too early in the day to start drinking.

steven a smith

July 29th, 2012
3:02 pm

Like I have said previously, I wish that Danny Ferry was the General Manager of these Blogs. Therefore he coud trade away some of these “dead-weight” Bloggers!!!

steven a smith

July 29th, 2012
3:03 pm

I am going to step away for a moment so that I can cool down.