Here are a few things to know on Thursday:
1. Hawks host Cavs
The Atlanta Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena.
2. Do the Falcons lack toughness?
As NFL teams head into the final stretch of the regular season, the AJC asks if the Atlanta Falcons lack the toughness they had last season.
3. Georgia Tech’s returning defensive starters didn’t have big impact
Ken Sugiura writes what went wrong for Georgia Tech this season including what impact the returning defensive starters had and didn’t have.
4. Matt Ryan expects ‘chess match’ with Vikings
D, Orlando Ledbetter writes Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan knows Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings will be challenging. Full story on the AJC.com.
5. Auburn earning praise ahead of SEC Championship
The Auburn Tigers are earning the respect of the College Football Playoff Committee after knocking off two No. 1 teams in November.