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Atlanta Hawks: Spurs win preseason game on buzzer beater

Vivlamore with a quick report on the Hawks preseason game against the Spurs Wednesday night. Although I wasn’t there, I thought I would post a few details to you can have a new blog to discuss the developments.

Here is the Associated Press’ report on the game:

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Nando De Colo hit a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining to give the San Antonio Spurs a 101-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in a preseason game Wednesday night.

Josh Powell scored 14 points and Gary Neal added 12 to lead the Spurs, who played a lineup of mostly reserves and training camp hopefuls.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided to rest a number of players, including Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

Center Eddy Curry got his first start of the preseason and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, while De Colo added nine points and nine assists.

Damion James and Mike Scott led the Hawks with 11 points apiece. Scott scored seven straight points down the stretch for the Hawks, …

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Atlanta Hawks: Players will serve at The Varsity on Friday

Vivlamore reporting.

Hawks players will be at The Varsity on Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. asking customers the age-old question “What’ll Ya Have?” They will also be helping deliver orders at the iconic Atlanta eatery.

Players Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia, Anthony Morrow, Kyle Korver, DeShawn Stevenson, Anthony Tolliver, Mike Scott, James Anderson and Damion James will  serve customers at the downtown Varsity location.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with appearances by the Hawks cheerleaders and mascot.

“We are excited to be celebrating the start of the Atlanta Hawks 2012-13 season with our city at one of the most famous landmarks in Atlanta,” Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, said in a statement.  “This is a fun, unique way for our players to engage with our fans in the market and show our appreciation for all that is Atlanta.”

Customers who purchase a combo meal throughout the dayFriday, at the downtown Varsity location only, will receive …

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Atlanta Hawks practice report: Harris cleared for contact practice

Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.

Devin Harris (knee) was cleared for full-contact practice Tuesday, the first time the guard has been able to participate in such drills since the start of training camp.

“He is moving really, really well,” coach Larry Drew said. “The speed is there. The quickness is there.”

Zaza Pachulia (groin) also participated in full-contact drills. Drew said he is moving well without pain.

“Still down the road,” Drew said of a timetable for the two players to see exhibition action. “Today was certainly a step in getting them closer to getting back on the floor [in a preseason game]. We’ll meet with our trainers as far as a target date but right now we have not set one.”

Guard DeShawn Stevenson (soreness) was a limited practice participant. Forward Anthony Tolliver (eye) participated in practice after suffering a scratch to his cornea in the preseason game against the Heat Sunday. He did wear protective glasses.

* The Hawks went …

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Atlanta Hawks practice report: Tolliver out with scratched cornea

Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.

Sorry for the latest of the blog. Traffic accident on 75 and I just completed a video interview.

We’ll start with the injury report. Anthony Tolliver did not practice after he suffered a  scratched cornea in Sunday’s exhibition game against the Heat. I spoke with Tolliver and he only expects to miss a few days.

DeShawn Stevenson also did not practice in the non-contact workout, although he took part in free-throw shooting drills. Coach Larry Drew said Stevenson was sore after Sunday’s game. Zaza Pachulia (groin) and Devin Harris participated in the non-contact drills.

* Drew called Monday’s workout a “mental” day with a lot of film study of the win over the Heat.

“We haven’t a day off from the very beginning,” Drew said. “We’ve been going at it every day, and had some two-a-days. After last night game, we really wanted to make this a mental day.”

* In the film study, Drew and his staff kept on eye toward how …

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Atlanta Hawks practice report: Starting lineup preview?

Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.

Coach Larry Drew said he still hasn’t decided which players will dress for Sunday’s exhibition opener against the Heat at Philips Arena. Game time is 2 p.m. There will be no television coverage (as with all preseason games) and no radio coverage. I believe the only radio coverage during the preseason will be the final two games – Oct. 20 vs. Dallas and Oct. 26 at Detroit.

Drew would also not disclose his starting lineup for the game. My guess would be that the lineup looks a lot like one of the practice groups from Saturday. The white group consisted of Jeff Teague (PG), DeShawn Stevenson (SG), Kyle Korver (SF), Josh Smith (PF) and Al Horford (C). While Anthony Toliver also wore white, the first five were on the floor as coaches went over game-planning for the Heat. Drew would say that in addition to returning starters Teague, Smith and Horford that Korver and Stevenson will “play a big role for us this season.”

Drew also said he would …

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Atlanta Hawks practice report: All 19 won’t dress for exhibition opener

Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.

All 19 players currently on the Hawks’ training camp roster will not dress when the team opens the exhibition season Sunday against the Heat.

Coach Larry Drew said the roster is too large to try to get all the players in the  game. He declined to say which players might sit out, a determination that will be made by the coaching staff  Saturday.

Those players who do not dress will work out Sunday morning.

“We’ll be looking at who has absorbed what we’ve put in,” Drew said. “Strategically, we’ll look at matchups and some of the combinations we want to put out on the floor [during the regular season].

* Friday morning the Hawks ran through a non-contact practice with full participation. The team will run a full-contact practice this evening and play a three-quarters scrimmage.

“I’m expecting some guys to get lost, especially in a game-type situation,” Drew said. “That is what training camp is all about.”

Again, I …

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Atlanta Hawks practice report: Reaction to anti-flopping

Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.

Hawks coaches and players applauded the NBA’s effort to eliminate flopping from their game Thursday. They admit it won’t be easy.

The NBA announced an anti-flopping rule on Wednesday with an increasing fine schedule for multiple offenders. According to the league flopping will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.

“I think it’s needed,” Hawks guard Kyle Korver said following Thursday’s training camp practice. “It’s become too big a part of the game. I think it takes away from the purity of the game. The fear is that it ends up like European soccer where there is all kinds of flopping. Nobody wants that. It’s disgusting.”

Coach Larry Drew said the possibility of the anti-flopping rule was discussed at the coaches meeting, held in Chicago this summer. While Drew said he understands seriousness of the league’s intent, he’s not …

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Atlanta Hawks practice report: Day 2 gets feisty

Vivlamore reporting.

Here is today’s practice report from Day 2 of training camp practices.

* Zaza Pachulia (leg) and Devin Harris (knee) again practiced on a limited basis. They sat out contact drills, including 5-on-5 sets. Coach Larry Drew said the team is being cautious with the veterans.

“They both are moving really well on the floor but we’ll keep an eye on them day-to-day,” Drew said.

* Drew said that players got a little edgy in some of the drills, particularly on the defensive end. The confrontations occurred before the media was allowed in to watch the last half hour of practice but it didn’t sound like anything serious.

“We had some guys starting to go at it a little bit,” Drew said. “I embrace that because I can see they are all being competitive and they are all committed to defending.”

* Not being able to see much of practice, it’s hard to get a real grasp on the players’ conditioning. I did get to see some running and two players stood out. …

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Atlanta Hawks practice report: Pachulia, Harris limited

Vivlamore reporting from the first day of Hawks practice.

Just a quick report as I didn’t get to see much of practice Tuesday. The sessions that were open to the media involved only  some running, stretching and free-throw shooting.

Here is coach Larry Drew’s assessment of the first day, including an injury report.

Zaza Pachulia (leg) and Devin Harris (knee) participated in practice but were limited in contract drills. Harris stayed long after practice and continued shooting jump shots. Drew also said DeShawn Stevenson was ailing but he fully participated in the workout. Pachulia injured his leg before going to Georgia to play for his national team. Drew said the injury was not related to the foot issue that caused him to miss playoff games last season. Harris got an injection in his knee several days ago, according to Drew, and the soreness from the shot is beginning to subside.

Drew said Pachulia and Harris moved well in practice.

“Me personally, I thought this was a very …

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Hawks sign Isma’il Muhammad to training camp roster (updated)

Vivlamore reporting.

I thought I saw Isma’il Muhammad around the Hawks practice facility the other day but wasn’t 100 percent sure. Now I am.

The Hawks added former Georgia Tech player Isma’il Muhammad to their training camp roster Monday. The move brings the roster to 19 players, 13 with guaranteed contracts.

The 6-foot-6 Muhammad played at Tech from 2001-05 after playing at Atlanta’s W.D. Mohammed High School.  The swingman has played professionally in Iceland, France, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, New Zealand and Venezuela. He joins former Tech teammate Anthony Morrow of the roster.

“My thought process is staying true to myself and doing what I do,” Muhammad said. “I don’t try to do what other people do. I try to bring energy. I play defense. Try to play above the rim. I’m just focusing on doing that and we’ll see what happens.”

With 13 guaranteed contracts, the Hawks have room for a maximum of two more players (not on the injured list).

“If there are two spots open, then …

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