MILWAUKEE - Jerry Stackhouse expects to get a call from Josh Smith very soon, and the Bucks veteran will tell the emerging 24-year-old power forward just how proud he is.
MILWAUKEE - Even with a 2-0 lead, Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks aren't eager to travel to Milwaukee.
ATLANTA - High-flying Josh Smith dominated on the inside. Joe Johnson stepped up from the outside when the Hawks needed him.
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson has never been a guy who craves attention.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks are keeping things nice and loose, and rookie Jeff Teague is a convenient target for their antics.
ATLANTA - For one magnificent half, the Atlanta Hawks did nearly everything right. They made shots. They blocked shots.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks are feeling good and eager to show what they can really do in the playoffs.
ATLANTA - There was absolutely nothing on the line, just a shot at some playing time for a bunch of guys who rarely get on the court.
MILWAUKEE - If this was a preview of Atlanta's first-round playoff series, Joe Johnson gave the Milwaukee Bucks plenty to worry about.
WASHINGTON - Jamal Crawford knows how to deliver an encore performance.
ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford scored 15 of his 25 points when Atlanta took the lead in the second period, and the Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 107-101 on Friday night to reach 50 wins for the first time in 12 years.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rookie Jonas Jerebko has been one of the few bright spots in a terrible season for the Detroit Pistons.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace scored 28 points, Boris Diaw nearly had a triple-double, and the Charlotte Bobcats ensured their first non-losing season in their six-year history with a 109-100 victory over the banged-up Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford knows how much it would mean for the Atlanta Hawks to reach 50 wins.
CLEVELAND - The Cavaliers reached one magic number and lowered another.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Hornets needed a little pick-me-up after a tough - and potential costly - double-overtime loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
ATLANTA - DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 99-86 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Atlanta Hawks want to do everything they can over their last dozen games to be as playoff-ready as possible.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks spent some extra time in the film room Monday. They didn't necessarily like what they were seeing but couldn't argue with what it showed.
ATLANTA - Tony Parker can't really explain why the San Antonio Spurs have been mediocre on the road this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Thunder keep losing players and finding ways to win.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Harrison Barnes had 25 points, Andre Iguodala added 21 points and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors cruised past the Atlanta Hawks 114-95 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jeff Teague scored 23 points and Paul Millsap added 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks set a franchise record with their 23rd road win of the season, 110-103 over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES - Dennis Schroder had 24 points and 10 assists, Al Horford scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-86 on Sunday night.
PHOENIX- Paul Millsap scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks made five 3-pointers in the final 6:38 to pull away from the Phoenix Suns, 96-87 on Friday night.
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