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April 21, 2015 Updates

Hawks center Al Horford says he's definitely playing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets. Horford dislocated his right pinky finger in the series opener, won by the Hawks 99-92. After a workout Monday, he said there was still some doubt about his playing status. But, after a full practice Tuesday, Horford said the finger feels much better and he's certain to be in the starting lineup. USA Today Sports

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Budenholzer, in his second season with the Hawks, led the team to a franchise-record 60 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He guided the team to 38 wins and a playoff berth last season in his first year. The 22-win improvement garned him 513 points, including 67 first-place votes. The Warriors’ Steve Kerr was second with 471 points, including 56 first-place votes. Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks was third with one first-place vote and 57 total points. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jeff Zillgitt: Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer named 2014-15 NBA coach of the year, edges Warriros coach Steve Kerr by 42 points Twitter @JeffZillgitt

Simply put, Hollins isn’t too concerned with stopping Kyle Korver. “How many shots did he take yesterday and how many did he miss? See, if he’s that good, he’d make all of them.” Hollins said. “Everybody misses, man. He’s a good shooter, I acknowledge that, we acknowledge that as a team, we game plan for him because he is a great shooter. But until he starts shooting 100%, we’ve got to play and be in position to help, and then recover, and close out. “It’s not like we’re talking (Stephen) Curry. Korver, he’s a great come-off-the-screen guy, he’s great with moving without the ball, but he rarely puts the ball on the floor like Curry and shakes you up.” New York Daily News

“I just think he’s in the right situation (in Atlanta),” said Williams, who played with Korver for three seasons in Utah. “He just has freedom here, complete freedom. A lot of coaches don’t like shots early in the shot clock. But for him to get open, that’s what he has to take because guys are sitting on him in the halfcourt. And so when he comes down in transition, he’s firing. When you’re shooting 60% from 3, that’s a pretty good shot.” New York Daily News

April 20, 2015 Updates

The Hawks’ planned t-shirt giveaway for Game 1 of their playoff series had to be scraped when it was discovered that the name of one of their starting players was missing from the apparel. On Friday, Philips Arena workers place the red t-shirts over each seat. On Saturday, they were all gone. They were not replaced by Sunday’s series opener against the Nets. The t-shirts were emblazoned with the name of each Hawks player – but one. It was not immediately known whether the team plans to distribute updated t-shirts later in the series. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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April 19, 2015 Updates
April 18, 2015 Updates

Embry added: “I’ve known racism. I’ve known it quite well. And I told Danny that this is all really a shame because we need more people like him in the league.” Ferry, who lives with his wife and five children in Atlanta, has been spending more time with his family, friends and acquaintances. But far from being reclusive, he has embarked on something that loosely resembles a sabbatical for personal growth, meeting with ministers, professors and community leaders. New York Times

In the weeks that followed, Hill said, Ferry met with faculty members at Spelman College and Morehouse College, two historically black universities in Atlanta. In December, Ferry and his oldest daughter, Hannah, traveled to Senegal, where they were accompanied by Amadou Gallo Fall, an executive with N.B.A. Africa, Hall said. Ferry was also a regular at high school and college basketball games over the winter. Last month, after watching one of his daughters swim at a meet in Orlando, Fla., he drove to Jacksonville to join Walton, the Harvard professor, for the Crimson’s first-round game in the N.C.A.A. tournament. “I’ve been trying to encourage him and tell him, ‘If you come back from this’ — and I definitely think he should — ‘you have the opportunity to be a leader, to both lead by example and to take this conversation where it needs to go,’ ” said Walton, who grew up in Atlanta and attended Morehouse. New York Times

Koonin, the team’s chief executive officer, declined a recent interview request to discuss Ferry’s status. Many of the players, meanwhile, have expressed their support for Ferry. Budenholzer, in a brief interview last week, credited much of the team’s success to Ferry, whom he described as a close friend. Budenholzer said he had been in regular contact with Ferry. “I think it’s probably important to both of us that those conversations are somewhat private,” Budenholzer said. “It’s safe to say that we talk about everything.” New York Times

The commissioner said the NBA is monitoring the developments and trying to ascertain what exactly happened during Sefolosha's arrest. Silver added that he isn't "prejudging" anything about the incident. "I see our role here as a fact finder," Silver said. ESPN.com

Sefolosha had surgery on Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the team announced. He will miss the entirety of the playoffs. "It's a huge loss for the league to not have him on the floor. Obviously, a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks to not have a player of his skill going to the playoffs," Silver said. Silver added that, as a friend of Sefolosha's, he felt "incredibly empathetic" toward the player. "He's a player in this league, and we want to help him and assist him in any way we can. And our way of assisting him is to get the fullest understanding we can from what happened that night," the commissioner said. ESPN.com

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