The top seeds in both conferences are offense-centric teams. Not saying Hawks and Warriors don't play defense, but...
Throughout December, January and February, the Hawks lost just 6 games (38-6). In the last 3 weeks, the Hawks have lost 6 games (6-6).
Final: Hornets 115, Hawks 100
The Hawks are the only team I've ever seen win the Conference and tank at the same time.
Halftime: Hornets 57, Hawks 52.
Just the second time in 12 games the Hornets lead at end of first quarter. Hornets 27, Hawks 23.
Clinching the top seed in the East in March is a good problem to have, but it does make for some judgment calls for Hawks management.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer on rest vs. rust for starters: "It's not math, not 2-plus-2. You have to have good conversations."
Hawks starters: Schroder, Jenkins, Bazemore, Muscala and Brand.
Jeff Taylor starts vs. Hawks.
Not that this is any surprise, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle sprain) is out for Hawks game.
Hawks clinch East tonight. Heat loss damaging to their standing, with Nets win, Celts winning, Hornets up in double OT.
Hawks victory, combined with Cavs' loss, clinches top seed in East for Atlanta.
The Atlanta Hawks have clinched the No.1 seed and homecourt throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Hawks beat Heat tonight.
FINAL: Hawks 99, Heat 86. Hawks swept the Heat 4-0 this season.