Southeast Notes: Hawks, Cole Anthony, Heat, John Wall

Hawks point guard Trae Young looks to drive during a game against the Kings. - USA Today images

The Atlanta Hawks are the latest team to open its doors to fans, with the franchise allowing 8 percent capacity inside State Farm Arena starting Tuesday, as relayed by Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For State Farm Arena, that will mean about 1,300 fans, Spencer added.

Like all arenas allowing fans, the typical distancing and masking guidelines will apply to those in attendance.

Other teams allowing fans — the Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz.

More from the Southeast

  • Orlando Magic rookie Cole Anthony seems to get better with each passing moment. He buried a buzzer-beater to win a game last week vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves, and scored a career-high 21 points in a win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. “Every single time I step out there, I feel like I’m getting more comfortable playing with every dude on the team,” Anthony told reporters. “I’m just going to keep getting more comfortable, but I’ve got a long way to go.”

  • It’s been a rough start for the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, who fell to 6-10 after Monday’s loss to Brooklyn. But Miami is about to start a six-game homestand, and coach Erik Spoelstra has been pleased with his short-handed team’s effort. “Their talent just took over at the end,” he told reporters of the Nets. “I love the way our guys competed.”

  • Houston Rockets guard John Wall will face the Washington Wizards on Tuesday in Houston — for the first time matchup since the trade consisting of Wall and Russell Westbrook. Wall is a former No. 1 overall pick, selected by the Wizards. “That’s my motivation,” Wall told reporters. “Who wouldn’t want to beat the team that traded them and felt like I was done?”

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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