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RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games Monday, April 7, through Sunday, April 13.

Teague averaged 20.25 points and 5.75 as the Hawks went 3-1 in the week.

Ellis averaged 25.7 points, 4.7 assists and 51.6 percent field-goal shooting in three games, including a 37-point performance against the Phoenix Suns

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hawks To Hire Steve Koonin Of Turner As CEO

The Atlanta Hawks will soon name Steve Koonin, currently the president of Turner Entertainment Networks, as the franchise's chief executive officer.

An announcement could come this week.

Koonin oversees programming, marketing, scheduling, strategy and operations for TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies and truTV.

The Hawks have been trying to improve their image, as they currently rank 28th in the NBA in attendance.

Via Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hawks Pleased With Direction Of Team, Admit Playoffs 'Not Our Goal'

Danny Ferry is pleased with the direction of the Atlanta Hawks, who have fallen to 32-41 after standing at 25-21 on Feb. 1.

Ferry is happy about the roster's progress and the job of Mike Budenholzer. The Hawks have sustained serious injuries to Al Horford, John Jenkins and Gustavo Ayon. Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver have also missed time.

"Throughout the year, I felt we've been on a good path," Ferry said. "When healthy, we've been a very good team. I like the way we play. It's system-based. I like our players. There's some substance to them. With the way we're set-up from a salary cap standpoint and a roster standpoint that good things can continue to unfold.

"We're not focused on trying to be the eighth seed in the playoffs because that's not our goal. We're trying to build something that's good, sustainable and the components are in place for us to do so."

The Hawks remain ahead of the New York Knicks for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Via Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Gustavo Ayon Out For Season After Shoulder Surgery

Gustavo Ayon had surgery on Friday to repair a right shoulder injury.

Ayon will now undergo a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation. He will be out through the remainder of the season.

At the time of his injury, Ayon had averages of 4.3 points on .510 shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game in 26 games (14 starts).

Via RealGM STaff Report

Hawks Sign Mike Muscala, Release Dexter Pittman

The Atlanta Hawks have released center Dexter Pittman.

Pittman, who was signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 22, appeared in two games with the Hawks this year.

The Hawks have signed Muke Muscala in a related move. Muscala was the 44th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hawks Sign Dexter Pittman To 10-Day Contract, Release Jared Cunningham

The Atlanta Hawks have signed Dexter Pittman to a 10-day contract while releasing Jared Cunningham.

Cunningham has spent most of the season in the NBA D-League. Pittman has spent the entire season in the D-League.

Cunningham was a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hawks Waive Antawn Jamsion

The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on forward Antawn Jamison.

Jamison was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 20 in exchange for the draft rights to Cenk Akyol. This season, Jamison has appeared in 22 games, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.3 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hawks Recall Jared Cunningham From Bakersfield

The Atlanta Hawks have recalled Jared Cunningham from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League.

Cunningham has appeared in five games with the Hawks this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Atlanta Hawks Archives

Hawks Sign Cartier Martin For Remainder Of Season

The Hawks have agreed to sign Cartier Martin for the remainder of the season, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

Clippers Trade Antawn Jamison To Hawks

The Clippers have traded Antawn Jamison to the Hawks.

Sources: Raptors Have Discussed Three-Team Deal Acquiring Jeff Teague

The Knicks are attempting to resume Kyle Lowry trade talks with the Raptors, which could expand to include the Hawks.

Knicks Interested In Jeff Teague

The Knicks are interested in upgrading the point guard position ahead of the deadline.

Hawks Sign Cartier Martin To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Cartier Martin has 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.3 minutes.

Miles Plumlee Replaces Pero Antic In Rising Stars Game

Miles Plumlee is averaging 9.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this season.

Jared Cunningham Assigned By Hawks To D-League

Jared Cunningham has appeared in five games with the Hawks this season.

John Jenkins Undergoes Surgery On Lower Back, Out For Season

John Jenkins appeared in 13 contests this season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes.

Cartier Martin To Sign With Hawks

Cartier Martin has agreed to sign a 10-day contract with the Hawks on Saturday, a league source told RealGM.

Full List Of NBA All-Star Reserves

John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap and Damian Lillard are first time All-Stars.

Kevin Durant, Paul Millsap Named Players Of Week

Kevin Durant averaged 38 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Thunder to be awarded Player of the Week.

Hawks Recall Jared Cunningham

Jared Cunningham has averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 29.8 minutes in 17 games (14 starts) over three stints with the Jam this season.

Pero Antic Out 2-4 Weeks With Stress Fracture In Ankle

Pero Antic's expected recovery time is approximately two to four weeks.

James Nunnally Signing Second 10-Day Contract With Hawks

James Nunnally will sign his second 10-day contract with the Hawks on Wednesday, a league source told RealGM.

Ivan Johnson Receiving Interest From Several NBA Teams

Ivan Johnson has received interest from multiple NBA teams once he finishes his season in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Hawks Sign James Nunnally To 10-Day Contract

James Nunnally has averaged 18.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 33.6 minutes.

James Nunnally To Sign 10-Day Contract With Hawks

James Nunnally has agreed to sign a 10-day contract with the Hawks, a league source told RealGM.

Hawks Waive Cartier Martin

Cartier Martin appeared in 25 games (two starts), averaging 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes.

Schroder: Rondo Brought Up In Every Interview

Dennis Schroder has been sent to the D-League this season and needs to reduce risky plays and turnovers.

Hawks Assign Jared Cunningham To D-League

Jared Cunningham has averaged 18.1 points, 5.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 33.1 minutes in eight games with the Jam.
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