I will be off from Dec. 31 until Jan. 20 when I re-join the Hawks in Portland for a four-game west coast road trip. I will miss eight games, four home and four road contests.
I share this information to let you know that, despite my absence, Hawks coverage will continue in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on ajc.com. Former colleague Matt Winklejohn, who helped on the beat last season, will cover home games and practices. Matt is a pro. You can also expect coverage from the road games.