Dewayne Dedmon of the Atlanta Hawks dunks against the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena on November 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Sideline Report: Thursday, November 30, 2017

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. 

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