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March 17, 2015 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks and GRAMMY® Award-nominated rap star Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps revealed plans today for the College Park, GA native and his music imprint, The Real University (T.R.U.), to invade Philips Arena when the Hawks host the Miami Heat on March 27. 2 Chainz will perform three times throughout the night, beginning with a pregame show which will lead into a special version of player introductions with Hawks PA Announcer Ryan Cameron. Chainz will return to the court for a halftime performance, setting the stage for an extended postgame concert following the final buzzer. NBA.com

Kyle Korver will miss at least the next three games after undergoing a surgical procedure to repair a broken nose. Korver suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Lakers. The procedure was performed Monday at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles by Dr. Jason Hamilton. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Korver will not play in the remaining games of the road trip – at the Kings on Monday, Warriors on Wednesday and Thunder on Friday. He will be re-evaluated following the next three games but could miss additional time if warranted. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 16, 2015 Updates

Spend some time around the Hawks, and one word continues to surface: vitamins. It is a metaphor for their philosophy, and it helps explain their record, 51-14 through Friday. They take their vitamins when they hit the cold tub for treatment. They take their vitamins when they lift weights. They take their vitamins when they study film and watch their diets. Above all, they take their vitamins when they head to the gym for individual skill sessions with Budenholzer’s assistants. New York Times

Budenholzer, who acknowledged appropriating the vitamin concept from a fellow assistant with the Spurs, seeks consistent improvement. In Atlanta, he has his players spend as much time working one-on-one with members of his staff as they do in traditional team practice settings. He wants opportunities for Paul Millsap to hone his outside shooting touch and for Jeff Teague to identify passing angles and for Kyle Korver to add a floater to his repertoire. New York Times

Once the coaches decide on the schedule — they try to form a consensus, although Budenholzer has veto power — they debrief Wally Blase, the head athletic trainer, who sends late-night text messages to the players with the various times they are expected to report to the arena. Blase also lets the players know which coaches have been assigned to work with them for their vitamin sessions. Typically, no two players have the same schedule, so communication is vital. “We do everything but send smoke signals over their houses just to make sure they know what’s going on,” Atkinson said. New York Times

For Kent Bazemore, most of his vitamin sessions have centered on his reconfigured shooting stroke. Not long after Bazemore signed with the Hawks last year, he began working with the assistant coach Ben Sullivan, who picked apart Bazemore’s mechanics. Bazemore had an elongated motion, and the ball tended to come off his ring finger and pinkie. “Ben’s a very forward guy,” Bazemore said. “He pretty much said, ‘I’ve been looking at your jumper, and I honestly don’t know how you make shots.’ ” New York Times

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver suffered a broken nose during the second quarter of Sunday night's 91-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Korver, the league's most accurate 3-point shooter this season (50.4 percent), suffered the injury when he caught a shoulder from Lakers forward Ed Davis. Korver held a towel to his head, immediately left the game and did not return. ESPN.com

March 15, 2015 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward Austin Daye to a 10-day contract, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Daye appeared in 26 games (four starts) earlier this season with the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes. In 10 games this season with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, Daye has averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 28.5 minutes. NBA.com

After a diagnosis of a broken left big toe, Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to miss four to six weeks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Scott has developed into an important bench performer for the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks and it’s possible that his recovery could extend into the start of the playoffs in mid-April. Yahoo! Sports

March 14, 2015 Updates

The Hawks confirmed that forward Mike Scott has a fracture of a bone in his left big toe and will likely be sidelined for several weeks. Scott will return to Atlanta to been seen by a team doctors at Peachtree Orthopaedics on Monday before a better timeline for his return is determined and announced. The forward could be out until the playoffs. Scott was injured in Wednesday’s loss to the Nuggets. The team originally diagnosed the injury as a sprain. However, Scott underwent an MRI exam on Friday morning at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix and the fracture was revealed. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported before Friday’s win over the Suns that the injury was a broken toe. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Hawks will sign forward Austin Daye to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Daye was playing for Erie of the NBA Development League. The Hawks will be without forward Mike Scott, who recently suffered a broken toe. Yahoo! Sports

The Hawks apparently will not re-sign Jarell Eddie to a second 10-day contract. Eddie said goodbye to teammates following the Hawks’ 98-87 victory over the Suns Friday. He recieved thanks and praise from each player. Paul Millsap told the rookie to “keep busting it.” The Hawks signed Eddie to a 10-day contract out of the NBA Development League on March 5. The guard’s contract was set to expire Saturday. He will likely return to the Austin Spurs. The Hawks have not announced the roster move. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Scott suffered a broken left big toe, according to a person familar with the situation. The team did not immediately respond to a request for an update on Scott’s status. The team will likely have Scott visit a foot specialist. There was no immediate timetable of how much time Scott could miss. The injury was orginially diagnosed as a sprain. Mike Scott will not play in Friday’s game against the Suns due to the left big toe strain. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 13, 2015 Updates

Elton Brand is not ready to say this is his final season. The Hawks center is in the home stretch of his 16th NBA season. Brand said Friday he will wait until after the season is over before making a decision about his future. “At this point, I’m 36, it’s all about the end of the season and how you feel,” Brand told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The first two weeks you take off and then see if you have the energy to train and come back at a high level.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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