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January 21, 2015 Updates

"Chicago, Toronto and Washington are all better built for the playoffs than Atlanta," said one Eastern Conference executive, "because they have size and at least one guy who can break you down." The disciples contend that the Spurs already laid waste to the need for all that by winning a championship—and nearly winning two—that relied as much on Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw and Danny Green as it did Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who have been a Big Three in name more than reality for the last several years. Today's NBA, with its zone defenses, profusion of three-point shooting and diminished physicality is more akin to guerrilla warfare—flexibility and versatility at both ends of the floor being more important than a singular matchup or three. "I would definitely think the model now is a team that plays stronger together than just having a couple of superstars," said one Western Conference scout. Bleacher Report

January 20, 2015 Updates

Adding gravity to that chase: Korver is arguably on pace for the greatest shooting season in league history. "His preparation is off the charts. His professionalism, he's a perfectionist," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who also coached Kerr when he was an assistant in San Antonio. "In some ways, being around a shooter like Steve Kerr for several years and (watching) how hard he worked at his craft and how much attention there was to detail and all the little things that go into making shots -- I think those guys have some similarities. And then in some ways they're very different in how they get shots and make shots and everything. But I can guarantee their coaches were happy they were on their team." FoxSports.com

Korver is the most consistent weapon in basketball beyond 24 feet. He's engineered his own long-range layup line. "I feel like for the most part I've shot the ball fairly consistently, and I think the thing with percentages, if you really watch guys' percentages, a lot guys have a lot of good games but there are those outlier bad games that really kill percentages. And I think it's trying to minimize those," Korver said. "You can have a few, but just try to be consistent with who you are and your approach." FoxSports.com

"A big part of, for me, shooting is understanding my shot, understand my check points, if I'm off where that comes from and keeping your body healthy. As you get older, you learn it's not just about, 'Did I get up 1,000 shots yesterday?'" Korver said. "It's more, 'Did I get my lift in? Did I get my legs stronger? Did I get the massage, do I feel good?' Those things tend to take on as big of a role as getting your shots up every day." FoxSports.com

January 19, 2015 Updates

Though the Hawks were interested in a longer deal (Millsap wanted chance to re-up for one more big deal at age 30), neither side was locked in long term if it didn't work out. Under Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, Millsap and the Hawks are a perfect fit, and they will try to extend the partnership, especially with Atlanta looking at a deep postseason run. They deserve each other for at least two more seasons. USA Today Sports

Detroit Pistons forward-center Greg Monroe planned for unrestricted free agency so he could choose his next team, and that remains the case. Whether Monroe gets a true max or not, he's going to receive a lucrative deal, and the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks are among the possible suitors. USA Today Sports

Doc Rivers, another famous old Hawk who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers, could not have agreed more. "You can see the city is turned on by this team," he said. "It's the way they play that the city loves. It's a lesson to whomever becomes the new owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and to every other owner scratching his head when he reviews his attendance and revenue books. This weird thing called winning basketball, played in a fundamentally sound way with unselfishness ... It turns out, that sells. CBSSports.com

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Jenkins was sent to play for Idaho by the flexible assignment rule. Idaho is the affiliate of the Jazz. The Hawks’ D-League affiliate is Fort Wayne, an organization they share with 12 other NBA teams. Jenkins said Idaho plays a style similar to that of the Hawks. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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