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Top 10 Hawks Matchups – #3: Coach Bud Returns to San Antonio

By Robby Kalland

Atlanta’s trip to San Antonio on Dec. 2 lands in the third spot on our countdown. The Hawks will get their first look at the defending Western Conference champions that night, and it will also be head coach Mike Budenholzer’s first game in San Antonio as an opposing coach. Playing against the Spurs is... »

Top 10 Hawks Matchups – #4: Josh Smith Returns to Atlanta

By Robby Kalland

The Detroit Pistons will come to Atlanta on Nov. 20, which will be the first time the Hawks will play against Josh Smith. Smith signed with the Pistons this summer after spending his first nine seasons in the NBA as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. Smith’s return to Philips Arena in November will... »

Top 10 Hawks Matchups: #5. Hawks Take on Brooklyn in London

By Robby Kalland

The Brooklyn Nets will not make a trip to the Highlight Factory this season because the lone “home” game for the Hawks against them will take place in London on Jan. 16. The Nets had an active summer, trading for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, as well as signing Andrei Kirilenko in free agency... »

Top 10 Hawks Matchups – #6: Rockets Come to Atlanta

By Robby Kalland

The Rockets were able to lure Dwight Howard to Houston this summer and now look to be one of the most formidable teams in the Western Conference. Their lone visit to Atlanta on Jan. 10 is the sixth game in our schedule countdown. Last year, the Rockets finished seventh in the Western Conference with... »

Top 10 Hawks Matchups – #7: Larry Drew and Zaza Pachulia Return to Atlanta

By Robby Kalland

The seventh game in our countdown is the Milwaukee Bucks’ lone trip to Philips Arena this season on March 13, which will be the first return of former Hawks center Zaza Pachulia and former Hawks head coach Larry Drew (along with former assistants Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel) to Philips Arena. The Bucks... »

Top 10 Hawks Matchups – #8: Clippers Come To Atlanta

By Robby Kalland

The eighth matchup in our countdown is the Los Angeles Clippers’ first and only visit to Philips Arena on Dec. 4. Last year, the Hawks split the season series with the Clippers with each team winning at home. Both teams have new coaches and some fresh faces on the rosters, but each figure to... »