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Hawks Vs. Trail Blazers: Atlanta Dealt 97-77 Loss In Portland

Josh Smith came one assist shy of a triple-double but the Atlanta Hawks fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 97-77.

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Tracy McGrady Not Happy With Playing Time Following Loss In Portland

Atlanta's Tracy McGrady voiced his displeasure over his playing time following Saturday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Erick Dampier's Contract Expires, Atlanta To Reevaluate Situation

Erick Dampier's 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks expired after the team's 97-77 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night. Hawks coach Larry Drew told the Atlanta Journal Constitution before the game that he and general manager Rick Sund would meet on how to proceed.

The Hawks can either sign Dampier to another 10-day contract or for the remainder of the season. They also can choose to go in another direction and have been rumored to be interested in former Utah Jazz big man Kyrylo Fesenko. For what it is worth, Dampier expressed his desire to remain with the Hawks prior to Saturday's game.

"It's been great so far, it's a great group of guys. I think they are trying to mix in some experienced guys in with this team."

Dampier appeared in four games with the Hawks playing 26 total minutes. He totaled 10 rebounds, one steal and one block.

For more on Erick Dampier and the Atlanta Hawks head on over to Peachtree Hoops. For more news and analysis from around the NBA check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Jason Colllins Injury: Hawks Center Out Another 2-4 Weeks

Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collins will miss an additional 2-4 weeks with an elbow injury that he suffered on February 2 against Memphis. Collins had an MRI earlier this week and it showed that the ligament still had not healed and doctors advised Collins to remain in his brace.

"They showed me the MRI on the screen and the severity of the tear and highly recommended I stay in this brace so I can get back to the court as quickly as possible."

Without Collins, Atlanta has used Zaza Pachulia exclusively as the starting center with rookie power forward Ivan Johnson as the backup. Atlanta also signed Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract to help provide some depth in the front court.

For more on Jason Collins injury and the Atlanta Hawks be sure to check out Peachtree Hoops. For more NBA news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketballpage.

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Hawks Vs. Trail Blazers Final Score: Atlanta Falls In Portland 97-77

Atlanta fell behind early and hardly looked like a team that had just enjoyed two straight off days for the first time this season. Portland took an eight point lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 97-77 win over the Hawks.

Atlanta trailed 33-25 at the end of the first quarter in large part due to the play of Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge who returned to the lineup from a sprained ankle. Aldridge scored eight points and handed out three assists in the first quarter to get Portland off to a good start. Atlanta made just three baskets in the second quarter as Portland extended the lead to 52-37 at the half. Things didn't get any better in the second half as Portland was able to keep Atlanta at arms length to get out with the victory.

Joe Johnson scored 19 points to lead the Hawks while Willie Green added 17 off the bench. Josh Smith narrowly missed out on a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Marvin Williams added 10 points in just under 25 minutes of playing time.

Nicolas Batum led Portland with 22 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Raymond Felton snapped out of his recent funk to score 14 points and hand out eight assists and Wesley Matthews added 13 points off the bench.

Atlanta's Jeff Teague clearly lost his matchup with Felton as he finished with just five points while going 1-10 from the field. Former Atlanta sixth man Jamal Crawford also had a peculiar night going scoreless in just over 13 minutes of action.

Portland hammered the Hawks on the boards 50-27 and built up a 18-6 advantage in second-chance points.

Atlanta's road trip continues on Monday with a rare weekday afternoon game against the Chicago Bulls.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops while Trail Blazers fans should join the conversation at Blazers Edge. For more NBA news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page

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Hawks Vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Hawks are on their third game of their five game road trip, and their last game on the West Coast.

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