HQ Live | Sunday 8:30

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Be sure to tune in to Episode 35 of HQ LIVE Sunday at 8:30!

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This is not Goodbye

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With sadness I am announcing that ATLSportsHQ.com will be decommissioned in the coming days. 

With years of hard work and dedication from many writers and contributors, the ATLSportsHQ.com URL brought a new era of sports coverage in Atlanta sports.

Unfortunately the momentum was unsustainable. Thank you to the dozens of talented writers that have lend a hand to making this site more successful than I ever imagined possible.

From the starting crew of Nate, Garrett, Malik, Daric and others, to the late coming saviors of Bob, Andrew, Reeves and many many more, and E for giving us a shot on air radio; I’d like to thank you for making the dream of having a sports website possible.

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HQ Live | Episode 34 | Thursday 8:30

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Be sure to tune in to Episode 33 of HQ LIVE Thursday at 8:30!

ATL Sports HQ Live is a weekly show that that we produce on Youtube. The show consist of Atlanta sports news and other national sports news. The crew for the show is Bob Lancaster, Phil Veasley and Daric Clemens.

The show is available on all streaming services. Be sure to subscribe and rate our ATL Sports HQ Live on your favorite streaming service.

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HQ Live EP 33 | Tuesday 8:30

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Be sure to tune in to Episode 33 of HQ LIVE Tuesday at 8:30!

ATL Sports HQ Live is a weekly show that that we produce on Youtube. The show consist of Atlanta sports news and other national sports news. The crew for the show is Bob Lancaster, Phil Veasley and Daric Clemens.

The show is available on all streaming services. Be sure to subscribe and rate our ATL Sports HQ Live on your favorite streaming service.

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Hawks Win Season Opener In Trae-mendous Fashion

If I had to summarize last night’s 117-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons in two words, those words would be Trae Young. Now of course, he had a lot of crucial help from his teammates, but Trae went off in the first game of his sophomore season. Trae led all scorers with 38 points. He also threw in 9 assists and 7 rebounds! People keep criticizing his efficiency, but he was extra efficient last night as he shot 11/21 from the field and 6/10 from three. Ice Trae started the game hot as he scored 16 points in the first quarter, giving the Hawks a ton of momentum. In those 16 points was a three pointer that was shot at the Pistons center court logo! Trae carved up the Detroit defense all night, getting any shot he wanted.

Overall, Atlanta looked incredible. Our biggest weakness has been our defense, and we held them to just 100 points, which for this NBA, that’s not a whole lot. We out rebounded Detroit 42 to 39 despite them having the best rebounder in the league, Andre Drummond. The Hawks shot the ball well too, shooting 51.2% from the field and 35.5% from behind the arc.

There were many other great solo performances for Atlanta, including John Collins, who recorded a double-double with 18 points, 10 boards, and a monstrous put-back dunk over the head of Drummond. Jabari Parker created a huge spark off of the bench with 18 points on 8/11 shooting. One of our rookies, De’Andre Hunter, had 14 points on 5/8 shooting. He also hit a couple of big shots throughout the game. Cam Reddish did struggle as he only had 1 point, but he looked solid on the defensive end. Hopefully he got the first game jitters out, and he can help contribute more moving into the rest of the season.

This was a great start to the season for the Atlanta Hawks. We look to continue that great play on Saturday night in our home opener against the Orlando Magic.

MLS Playoff Preview: The Conference Semis for Atlanta United begins with a match at home vs. the Philadelphia Union.

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After last weeks win at home over the New England Revolution, thanks to Franco Escobar’s solo goal Atlanta United are back in action as they get set to take on the Philadelphia Union tomorrow at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 8 P.M. on ESPN2.

Both squads are coming off close wins, but both teams stories of advancing to the second round are very different. Atlanta United won a tight and intense battle over the Revolution by the result of 1-0 while the Philadelphia Union had to come back all the way from 3-1 down to defeat the Red Bulls in Extra Time by a final result of 4-3.

It was a crazy and goal packed first round in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a total of 27 goals scored in the first weekend! If Atlanta want to keep their season alive and continue the journey for a third treble this 2019 season, they will need to majorly improve from their performance on Saturday as the Union will not be an easy task at all, especially after coming down from 2 goals down to win this past Sunday.

Atlanta will be a bit shorthanded on the defensive side coming into Thursday’s match as Michael Parkhurst and Miles Robinson are out with injuries. Parkhurst suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday’s win over the Revolution in stoppage time while Robinson is still unavailable with his hamstring/quad injury he suffered while with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

This means United will now be very thin at the centerback position to go along with LGP who is on the verge of another suspension due to yellow card accumulation, a reoccurring problem he’s had numerous times this season. Florentin Pogba, Franco Escobar and Jeff Larentowicz will also be available at the centerback position to fill in any voids, but United cannot afford many more injuries or suspensions defensively as the position is getting thinner and thinner with backup players.

Another question coming from many United fans is where is Pity Martinez? He did not start Saturday’s playoff match and was on the bench, but never was subbed on. Recently, according to head coach Frank De Boer, Pity has not been as productive and prepared for United’s upcoming playoff matches, Emerson Hyndman got the start over Pity Martinez in Atlanta’s first playoff fixture. Expect De Boer to sub on Pity Martinez in the second half if things start heading sideways or if their is no real progress in United’s play throughout the game, hopefully that does not happen.

On the opposing side, Philadelphia Union players Alejandro Bedoya and Kacper Przybylko are questionable to play in tomorrow’s match. Two key players could miss the match as Bedoya is undeniably the Union’s leader and captain while Przybylko has been the Union’s top scoring player during the regular season. Both will likely be game time decisions and their status will determine how Philadelphia approaches going to play in such a hostile environment like the Benz.

Atlanta United are back in action as they get set to take on the Philadelphia Union tomorrow at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 8 P.M. on ESPN2. VAMOS UNITED!!!

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Roundtable: Hawks Season Predictions

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Phil Veasley  | @_ATLPhil

Let’s slow down. Taking a look at Twitter would have you thinking that the Hawks are locks for the postseason. While it is possible, I just don’t see it. Not yet. This team has a lot of work in front of them, not to mention the daunting early schedule. Losing several key veterans will be hard to overcome despite the rookie acquisitions. Also, depth is a major issue, especially behind Trae and at the Center spot. Despite the flaws, the Hawks will be one of the league’s most exciting squads and will find themselves in the thick of things after the All-Star Break. Ultimately they will find themselves outside the top 8 but will show improvement with their 36-46 record.

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Bob Lancaster | @bowlinbob

30-35 Wins. Could this be on the low side? Possibly, but let’s be real here. You are bringing in two rookie pieces possibly 3 with Bruno and expecting them to gel from the beginning with the existing pieces. The three keys for me to see that record improve and challenge for an 8th playoff spot are Defensive Improvement, Less Turnovers, and production from the Center position.

Jared Schmehl | @SchmehlJared

The Hawks will improve upon their last season after making many offseason acquisitions and drafting Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, and Bruno Fernando. Our offense and defense will both improve. Trae Young and John Collins will both be all star reserves. We will look a lot more sharp in the second half of the season as we will have built a strong chemistry. I expect the Hawks’ record to be around 38-44, and we will push for the 8th seed.

Stewart Zwald | @SDZwald041599

This season, the Atlanta Hawks will be a fun a team to watch with the young core the Hawks have. However, they have a brutal schedule to open up the first 2 months of the season which includes matchups against the 76ers, Heat, Spurs, Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Clippers, Lakers, Bucks, and the defending NBA champions Toronto Raptors. I do believe that the Hawks will be better than the 29-53 record that they had last season, but I don’t see the Hawks making the playoffs this season. This is still a very young team and will go through some ups and downs. Defense is still a major question as well turnovers. Turnovers were a major issue this preseason and looked better in the final 2 games of the preseason especially against the Knicks. I believe that the Hawks will finish this season with a 38-44 record. I think the Hawks will just miss the playoffs. I expect Trae to have a great Sophomore season as he will just get better as the season goes on.

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Bret Anderson | @Bret_A27

The Hawks are going to surprise some folks this season as they have added some extremely talented rookies, Cam Reddish and DeAndre Hunter along with big man Bruno Fernando. The Hawks did lose 3 key pieces to their team from last season, all 3 of which started at some point for the Hawks last season(Bazemore, Prince, Dedmond). Bazemore was sent out to Portland for Evan Turner who will serve as the primary backup PG to Trae Young. Speaking of Young, he is looking to build off an historic rookie seasons and his pick and roll counterpart, John Collins, will be looking to take that leap into “star” status with another big season. The Hawks season will come down to limiting turnovers. They are going to put points on the board and will give up their fair share too, but if they can limit their turnovers, they will be a good, playoff caliber team. I will take a page out of the Paul Johnson book here and say “this team has no margin for error” in reference to the turnovers. 37-45

Evan Nix

I think the Hawks will start this season slow. They don’t have much scoring, contain a lot of new players and Trae Young has to how learn to transition to a Star. With the West being stacked and the East getting better, the Hawks will struggle most the season going 22-60

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