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When it comes to protection, few features are as important as the roof above your head. Your roof is much more than just a hat for your house - it keeps outside elements like rain, sleet, snow, and wind outside so you and your family can stay comfortable and dry inside. A properly maintained roof also helps protect your home's structural integrity, keeps critters out, and insulates your home during cold months. With all that said, it's easy to see why your roof plays such a crucial role in your everyday life. That's why, when your roof needs maintenance or replacement, you need to work with experienced, trustworthy roofers in Atlanta, GA.

Hixon's Roofing has been Atlanta's go-to contractor for new roof installations and repairs for nearly three decades. As locals in the Atlanta community, we pride ourselves on honesty, hard work, and being a business that you can count on consistently. There's no secret as to why our company is successful. The bottom line is that we do right by our customers and treat them the way we would like our own family to be treated. That's why, when you hire Hixon's Roofing, you'll be greeted with a warm smile and provided the highest quality roofing services in South Carolina.

When you work with Hixon's Roofing, you're not working with a mediocre roofing company in Atlanta. You're working with a team of experts who are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for your peace of mind. If you're looking for the best service and the best products in the roofing industry, look no further than Hixon's Roofing.

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Unlike some of our competitors, we choose to put our customers first before everything else. When you choose to do business with Hixon's Roofing, you're also choosing:

  • A locally owned and operated roofing company in Atlanta
  • A full-service roofing business that works on ALL types of roofs and provides emergency 24-hour service.
  • A trained, on-site foreman for roofing jobs that we complete.
  • A 10-year warranty on all architectural shingle work.
  • A 5-year warranty on three-tab roofs and metal roof repair in Atlanta.
  • A roofing business that works with your home insurance provider from start to finish.
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There's a reason why Hixon's Roofing is considered the best roofing company in South Carolina. Instead of talking about why it would be our pleasure to show you in person. Whether your residential roof needs inspecting or your commercial structure needs a replacement, we're here to serve you.

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Hixon's has seen and done it all when it comes to residential roofing services in South Carolina. Whether you own a small, secluded ranch-style home or a sprawling mansion in the suburbs, we have the expertise and tools to accommodate any job. Do you need a small leak fixed on your asphalt roof? No problem, we've got you covered. Are you in need of a brand-new roof built from scratch? We can help you with that, too. At Hixon' Roofing, we pride ourselves on combining top-notch roofing services with family values. Trust, honesty, and hard work mean a lot to us. We treat your home and yard just like we would treat our own. If we create trash or debris in your yard, we clean it up. It all goes back to treating our customers how we would like to be treated - something that Hixon's has been doing since 1984.

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What types of residential roofing services do we offer in Atlanta? Here are some of our most common job requests:

Roof-Repair
Roof Repair

Our team specializes in all forms of roof repair, from minor leaks to major structural issues.

New Roofs
New Roofs

We will build you a new roof from scratch, using high-quality materials. If you have a vision, we can make it a reality.

Re-Roofing
Re-Roofing

Depending on your needs, we can remove your old roof and install a new roof on your home.

Roofing Materials Replacement
Roofing Materials Replacement

We will replace your old, worn-out shingles, metals, and other roofing materials.

We provide quality craftsmanship and products because we believe in what we do. We want happy customers who refer their friends and family. You may not see flashy internet ads everywhere for our company, but that's by design. Our word-of-mouth referrals are so frequent and far-reaching that we don't need to pay for ad spots. We would rather invest that money into the best tools and most knowledgeable roofing experts available. That way, we can better serve our customers.

Because, at the end of the day, your satisfaction is our #1 priority.

Roof Repair in Atlanta, GA

Your home's roof is exposed to the elements 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. As a homeowner, you probably do your best to keep your roof in good condition with regular maintenance and inspections. However, even properly maintained roofs can be damaged without notice. Mother Nature has her own set of rules, and when she chooses to unleash her power on your roof, there isn't too much you can do.

If your roof is leaking, growing moss, or your shingles are cracked, it's time to call the pros. You need contractors that are efficient, effective, and on-time. That's where Hixon's Roofing comes in.

Hixon's Roofing will provide quality roofing repairs for homes and businesses with all types of roofs. Whether you have a small, single-story home with a minor leak or a sprawling estate with multiple roofing issues, Hixon's will get your roof back to new in no time. It doesn't matter if we installed your roof or not, Hixon's will provide top-notch customer service and the highest quality roofing repairs in Atlanta.

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While some situations like downed trees require obvious roof repair, it's not always clear when your roof needs some TLC. Keep these common signs in mind the next time you do a visual inspection of your roof:

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Cracked or Missing Shingles:

If the shingles on your roof are cracked or curling, you can safely assume that they are nearing the end of their lifespan. If you notice shingles missing, it's an obvious sign that your roof needs some repair.

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Shingle Grit in Gutters:

Asphalt and composite shingles will shed granules over time, especially when they're starting to wear out. Often, these granules find their way into your gutter system. When you're cleaning your gutters this quarter, keep an eye out for this course, black grit. It's a telltale sign that your roof may need attention or repair.

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Sagging Roof Deck:

It's a good idea for every homeowner to check their attics for signs of leaks and general disrepair. While you're up there, look at the ceiling in your attic. If you notice the rafters or decking is sagging towards the ground, you could have a serious problem on your hands caused by a leak. If your roof deck is sagging, call Hixon's as soon as possible for an inspection. If the damage is localized, you can often avoid a full roof replacement.

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Roof Flashing Deterioration:

The flashing around your chimney, skylight, and attic vents is a seal that keeps rain and other elements outside of your home. However, with time, flashing can crack or even break, which will lead to a leak in your home. This is most common in older homes that have flashing made of tar or cement. For many homeowners, the prospect of climbing up on a roof to check flashing isn't an option. In that case, you should call a team of professional roofers to inspect for you.

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Moss Growth:

Moss can add some charming character to your home, but in most cases, if you see moss growth, it means trouble. Moss (like fungi and mold) indicates that there could be moisture trapped in your roof's structure. When left untreated, this moisture can ruin your roof. You can get rid of the moss by using a stiff brush to wipe it away but be sure you address any underlying problems as well.

New Roof Installation inAtlanta, GA

As a full-service roofing company, our team of expert roofers has installed hundreds of new roofs in South Carolina. Whether you need a metal roof for your secluded home in the woods or a new roof for your commercial business, we're here to make the installation process easy and streamlined.

It all starts when you call our office for a free estimate. We'll take all the time you need to go over your new roof installation options to customize the structure and style to your needs. Once we have defined the project's details, our roof installation professionals will get to work on your home or business. Unlike some roofing companies in Atlanta, Hixon's is transparent about every step of the installation process. We keep our clients informed at all times and are happy to provide updates as we make progress on your new roof. While we are installing your new roof, we treat your home or business like our own. You can always count on friendly interactions and a clean and tidy work area. After your new roof is installed, we'll clean up behind ourselves so it's like we were never there.

When you hire Hixon's Roofing to install a roof on your home or business, know that we only use the highest-quality materials and the best construction techniques available. That way, you'll have a fantastic-looking roof that will last for decades. On top of our unmatched workmanship, clients also receive a 10-year labor warranty on architectural shingles and a 5-year labor warranty on three-tab and metal roofs.

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Commercial Roofing Services inAtlanta, GA

Residential and commercial roofing are similar in that they both require experienced contractors to perform quality work. However, unlike residential roofing (a more straightforward process), commercial roofing projects can be complicated and lengthy. In our experience, there can be dozens of factors to be considered to complete the job correctly. Commercial roofing contractors in Atlanta, GA, must account for rooftop HVAC systems, external piping, external utilities, and more. Because commercial roofing structures typically have many layers, it's more difficult to find and remediate leaks. As such, our commercial roofing contractors have different skillsets than residential roofing pros.

Like the residential side of our business, we have completed hundreds of commercial roofing projects in South Carolina. We know exactly what it takes to repair, install, or inspect a commercial roof. When businesses in South Carolina need roofing work, they come to Hixon's Roofing because they know that we will get the job done right the first time. They know that our team is dependable, friendly, and highly qualified to accomplish any commercial roofing project. We're talking roof repairs for small offices to new roof installations on huge, multi-building industrial complexes.

If you're starting a commercial roofing project, don't settle for mediocre roofing contractors. After all, a commercial roofing project can be a huge investment, and you need to get your money's worth. Hixon's is here to exceed your expectations and take on any commercial roofing needs you may have, whether they're minor fixes or major roofing replacements.

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The Hixon's Advantage

At Hixon's Roofing, we make it difficult for any other roofing company to compete with our helpful and professional services. For more information about our company and what we can do for your home or business, contact our office in Atlanta. Our customer service reps have the knowledge and information to answer your questions and get the ball rolling on your roofing project in South Carolina today.

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How Braves secured their lineup for years to come

This story was excerpted from Mark Bowman’s Braves Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.As Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos has locked up many of his top players for much of the next decade, he may hav...

This story was excerpted from Mark Bowman’s Braves Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

As Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos has locked up many of his top players for much of the next decade, he may have been motivated by his childhood years, when his beloved Expos weren’t able to keep many of their young stars long term.

“I saw a lot of players leave,” Anthopoulos said. “I know what it was like that our good young players were being traded away or that they couldn’t keep them. So I think there’s a small part of me that feels from a fan base, you can buy this guy’s jersey because he’s going to be here a while.”

Sorry to those of you holding Dansby Swanson or Freddie Freeman jerseys. As for those of you with Jake Odorizzi jerseys, I really don’t know what to say.

But seriously, it is remarkable what the Braves have done over the past year, and even farther back when both Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies signed extensions in 2019. Matt Olson was acquired from the A’s last March and received an eight-year deal a day later. Sean Murphy was acquired from Oakland on Dec. 12 and inked a six-year deal last week.

There is obvious risk. Had Mike Soroka been given an extension after his fantastic 2019 season, the Braves would currently be feeling remorse. But the potential benefits seem to outweigh the risks.

“We do like the fact that guys can just worry about going out and playing,” Anthopoulos said. “They don't have to worry about making a certain salary or getting certain statistics and so on, and that they know they're going to be here.”

Current eighth graders can project what the Braves’ lineup might look like when they are high school seniors.

Murphy (catcher), Olson (first base), Albies (second base), Austin Riley (third base), Michael Harris II (center field) and Acuña (right field) are all under control by the Braves through the 2027 season. So, too, is Spencer Strider, who is the only recent pitcher to gain an extension from Atlanta.

In today’s sports world, it’s crazy to think you could confidently project how 70 percent of a lineup might look five seasons from now.

Players under club control through 2027: Murphy, Harris, Strider, Olson, Acuña, Albies ($7M option in 2026 and '27) and Riley

Through 2028: Murphy, Harris, Strider, Olson, Acuña ($17M club option) and Riley

Through 2029: Murphy ($15M club option), Harris, Strider ($22M club option), Olson and Riley

Through 2030: Olson ($20M club option), Riley (guaranteed through 2032 with a $20M club option for '33)

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Schultz: As Falcons close season, grading scale for Arthur Smith changes

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – When Jerry Glanville first said N.F.L. stands for, “Not For Long,” — a quote also attributed to Hank Stram several years earlier — he was badgering a strike replacement official for a bad call. “This is the N.F.L., which stands for ‘not for long’ when you make them f—– calls. I’ll be selling groceries.”Glanville was prone to exaggeration. Nathaniel Hackett didn’t make it through the first season of his contract with the ...

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – When Jerry Glanville first said N.F.L. stands for, “Not For Long,” — a quote also attributed to Hank Stram several years earlier — he was badgering a strike replacement official for a bad call. “This is the N.F.L., which stands for ‘not for long’ when you make them f—– calls. I’ll be selling groceries.”

Glanville was prone to exaggeration. Nathaniel Hackett didn’t make it through the first season of his contract with the Broncos but I don’t think he’s asking anybody, “Do you want the meat in a separate bag?”

We can debate who had the worse 13-game reign of terror, Urban Meyer and Bobby Petrino, but neither is struggling financially. Matt Rhule was fired by the Panthers early in his third season but landed on his feet, albeit in a snowdrift, at Nebraska. David Culley (Texans) was gone after a year. Joe Judge (Giants) was gone after two. These are all coaches who were hired since just 2020.

Which brings me to the Falcons. Arthur Smith, their second-year coach, is 13-20 and at best he will finish 7-10 again. This is a numbers business, but the numbers need context so let’s affirm what should already be obvious: Smith is not in trouble, nor should he be in trouble. He and general manager Terry Fontenot inherited the in-box from Hell — salary cap debt, a well-past-their-prime Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, a bankrupt defense, a suspect offensive line, the mother of all malcontents in Deion Jones, and whatever category you want to put Calvin Ridley in.

It doesn’t mean Smith has been perfect. But the fact the Falcons had a preseason win projection of 4 1/2 and may finish 7-10 — while strangely being only 1-4 in the weak NFC South — speaks to the overall coaching job he has done, and to some degree the respect he has earned in the locker room.

“We’re building the foundation and the identity of what we want to be,” guard Chris Lindstrom said. “There’s total buy-in here. We’re in Week 18 right now and we don’t have a chance for the playoffs, but we just had a physical, detailed practice. It’s the small stuff like that that we’ll be able to build upon.”

But Smith is keenly aware the grading system changes next season, and not just because owner Arthur Blank is often short on patience and long on animus when he sees thousands of empty seats at home games. The Falcons will have financial breathing room to build in the offseason. Their projected $69.9 million in projected salary cap space is the second-most in the league, according to OverTheCap. Their projected 2023 dead money of $13.1 million — almost all from dumping Jones in October — represents a massive drop from the $83.7 million they endured this year.

In short, they’ll actually have room to sign or trade for starting players who command more than the minimum salary. That means expectations go up. That means the win total needs to go up.

NFL head coaching hires since 2020

2020 (5)
Mike McCarthyCowboys30-19
Kevin StefanskiBrowns26-23
Ron RiveraCommanders21-27-1
Joe JudgeGiants10-23, fired
Matt RhulePanthers11-27, fired
2021 (7)
Nick SirianniEagles22-11
Brandon StaleyChargers19-14
Arthur SmithFalcons13-20
Dan CampbellLions11-21-1
Robert SalehJets11-22
David CulleyTexans4-12, fired
Urban MeyerJaguars2-11, fired
2022 (10)
Kevin O'ConnellVikings12-4
Brian Daboll Giants9-6-1
Todd BowlesBuccaneers8-8
Mike McDanielDolphins8-8
Doug PedersonJaguars8-8
Dennis AllenSaints7-9
Josh McDanielsRaiders6-10
Nathaniel HackettBroncos4-11, fired
Matt EberflusBears3-13
Lovie SmithTexans2-13-1

“No matter what your situation is, you know what you signed up for and the expectations,” Smith said. “But I do believe in our process and we’ve tried to be consistent. You know there are some things that are in your control and some things are not in your control. But are you able to adapt? I think we have. I certainly don’t claim that we’re perfect, but we’re pleased.”

This wasn’t a surprise. Blank, after years of giving his blessing to inflated contracts in hopes of winning a championship, knew there would be some pain.

“Everything was pretty direct when we were hired about how we were going to go about it,” Smith said.

There remains some uncertainty about whether Desmond Ridder will be the quarterback moving forward, but his progress the last two weeks has been comforting for those in the building. His performance against the Buccaneers Sunday could be pivotal. If Ridder plays well enough, the Falcons could settle on him and acquire another veteran quarterback as a safety net in the offseason — preferably one that doesn’t bail like Marcus Mariota. Then they could spend most of their cap space and draft capital to upgrade the rest of the roster. This draft is defensive line and edge rusher heavy near the top. This offseason will be completely different from the last two. The two-year teardown was about identifying what core pieces could be kept and then taking a major step forward in Year 3.

This may sound strange for an organization that has had five straight losing seasons since last making the playoffs in 2017, but with the right moves the Falcons could put themselves in a strong position to win the NFC South, given the Bucs, Saints and Panthers all have their own problems.

Smith acknowledged that being judged on just wins and losses is an accepted part of the job, and he’s fine with expectations going up.

About his first two seasons: “It’s been a unique situation, to say the least. You learn a lot that first year as you transition, with the hand you’re dealt, what you can add, what you can’t. You’re trying to change a climate, a culture. I remember sitting here last year and I said there’s going to be a lot of roster turnover. It didn’t mean we had a lot of money to spend. It’s just the practical nature of it. Yeah, one … guys were on one-year deals and we had some rookies. This year we were a lot younger team and we had kind of a second transition. You’re seeing more of the foundation now.”

Foundation is important. But in Season 3, the equation changes. There needs to be a reasonably nice building to look at.

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Kings center Domantas Sabonis ties DeMarcus Cousins’ team record in tough loss to Hawks

Domantas Sabonis tied a franchise record with his 15th consecutive double-double, but the Kings came up short in another last-minute thriller Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.John Collins had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 120-117 victory over the Kings before a sellout crowd of 17,611 at Golden 1 Center.De’Andre Hunter added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks (19-20). Trae Young and Dejounte Murray scored 21 points apiece. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who began his career in Sacramento, had ...

Domantas Sabonis tied a franchise record with his 15th consecutive double-double, but the Kings came up short in another last-minute thriller Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

John Collins had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 120-117 victory over the Kings before a sellout crowd of 17,611 at Golden 1 Center.

De’Andre Hunter added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks (19-20). Trae Young and Dejounte Murray scored 21 points apiece. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who began his career in Sacramento, had 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

De’Aaron Fox had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Kings (20-17). Kevin Huerter scored 24 points against his former team and Harrison Barnes had 22.

Sabonis finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, posting his league leading 28th double-double of the season. Sabonis matched a franchise record held by DeMarcus Cousins, who recorded 15 consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 21, 2014.

Four of Sacramento’s last five games have been decided by three points or less, including a 127-126 victory over the Denver Nuggets, a 126-125 victory over the Utah Jazz and a 117-115 victory over the Jazz. This time, the Kings couldn’t close out the Hawks after staging a 13-2 run to go up 116-113 with 1:16 to play.

“One thing you do like is we were down most of the game and our guys found a way to make a run, and not only made a run, but to take a two-possession lead with about a minute to go,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “So, knowing that we’re never going to be counted out was good to see tonight, just the resiliency of the group, because you’re going to need that from time to time throughout the course of the year.”

The Kings faced the Hawks on the second night of a back-to-back after pulling off a dramatic victory over the Jazz on Tuesday in Salt Lake City. The victory over Utah gave the Kings their 20th win of the season on or before Jan. 3 for the first time since 2003-04. A win over Atlanta would have moved them five games over .500 for the first time since April 2006.

“We’ve won a lot of those close games,” Huerter said. “It feels like this is the first one in a while we’ve lost that came down to the wire. For the most part, we’ve done a good job down the stretch.”

Pregame warmups looked like a reunion of sorts with players from both sides meeting at midcourt to greet former teammates. Bogdanovic spent his first three NBA seasons in Sacramento. Huerter spent his first four seasons with Atlanta. Backup center Alex Len spent two seasons with the Hawks before coming to Sacramento for the first of two stints with the Kings.

Huerter exchanged handshakes and hugs with several former teammates while Fox and Bogdanovic shared a hearty embrace and a few laughs.

“Happy to be back,” Bogdanovic said in the visitor’s locker room before the game. “Good times here only is what I remember, really, and it’s good to be back.”

Bogdanovic said Fox is having an “amazing year” and the Kings are playing good basketball.

“I’m happy for them,” Bogdanovic said. “I know I was part of that first, like, almost-successful run. We were ninth and then 10th, I think, the next year, but it was good experience. First team in NBA for me. They gave me opportunity to play in the league, so I’m always blessed for them, and I’m happy for them this year. They finally find that chemistry. Everybody’s playing well.”

The Hawks took an early seven-point lead before the Kings came back to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Huerter. The score was tied at the end of the first quarter and remained close throughout the second.

Atlanta led 61-58 at the halftime break. The Kings evened the score early in the third quarter before the Hawks staged a 9-0 run to go up 73-64 on a basket by Collins.

The Kings cut the deficit to three at the end of the third quarter and tied the game on a breakaway dunk by Barnes with 6:41 to play in the fourth, but they found themselves trailing by seven with 3:50 remaining.

That’s when Huerter made a 3-pointer and Fox threw down a vicious dunk over Onyeka Okongwu as part of a 13-2 run that put the Kings up by three with just over a minute remaining.

The Kings were still up by one when Sabonis went to the line for two free throws with 50.1 seconds to play. At that point, the Kings were 25 of 25 at the free-throw line, but Sabonis missed them both.

Murray made two free throws to give Atlanta a 118-117 lead with 31 seconds to go and then picked Fox’s pocket for a steal that led to a breakaway layup, putting the Hawks up 120-117 with 16.1 seconds remaining.

Sacramento still had a chance, but Okongwu blocked a floater by Fox and Sabonis missed a putback attempt in the final seconds.

Brown was asked if the missed free throws by Sabonis were the turning point. Brown pointed to late defensive lapses that resulted in easy layups, including a three-point play by Young.

“Things like that are going to happen,” Brown said of the missed free throws by Sabonis. “Like Fox’s turnover, things like that are going to happen. You can’t give up two stone cold layups and one of them being an and-one in the final three possessions or something like that.

“You just have to do a better job guarding the basketball collectively in a situation like that because, I say this all the time — people say, ‘Hey, guys, you’re doing great playing fast and the offense is this, the offense is that.’ At the end of the day, the offense is fun to watch and all that, and you can probably win some regular-season games, but we have to be able to sit down and guard if we expect to be a really good team and make some noise come playoff time.”

Lakers vs. Hawks Preview: Staying focused

About a month ago, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks on the road in what was the team’s most shocking win up to that point. Although the quality of their opponent on Wednesday wasn’t as high as the Bucks, their victory over the Miami Heat was even more shocking. After all, this was without Ant...

About a month ago, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks on the road in what was the team’s most shocking win up to that point. Although the quality of their opponent on Wednesday wasn’t as high as the Bucks, their victory over the Miami Heat was even more shocking. After all, this was without Anthony Davis, Lonnie Walker (who has missed three straight games due to injury), and LeBron James (out due to non-COVID illness).

They’ll now look to notch their first-ever four-game winning streak this season in a Friday night matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

Here’s what to watch out for in that game.

The Lakers may be experiencing a sense of deja vu lately when looking at their recent schedule.

Including Friday’s game, the past eight games have seen the Lakers play only five opponents. Wednesday’s win vs. the Heat came after the Dec. 28 loss to the Heat in Miami. On Monday, the Lakers beat the Hornets after losing to them on Dec. 23. And if you look forward, the Lakers will end up playing the Mavericks on Jan. 12, only 18 days after the two teams’ Christmas Day game.

They’ll now play the Hawks only a week after beating them 130-121 in Atlanta.

Other than the pattern of just seeing the same team over and over, you can see another pattern in the pairs of games against the Heat and the Hornets.

The team who won the first matchup ended up losing the second matchup.

Of course, the positive thing for the Lakers is (and this really is the positive way to look at it) that they lost the first of those two pairs of games. This isn’t too surprising, as it’s been said many times in the NBA and all of sports that it’s very hard to beat the same team twice in a row. And when the two games are so close to each other in timing, the challenge becomes even harder given how motivated the team who lost the first one is.

Will the Lakers fall victim to this pattern on Friday vs. the Hawks? If their supporting cast brings the same focus and intensity, then there’s a good chance they won’t. That effort was spear-headed by the offense (32 points) and defense (neutralized Tyler Herro for most of the night) from Dennis Schröder. The Hawks have a similar (low) level of point-of-attack defense as the Heat, while Schröder’s efforts on Herro could just as easily be duplicated on Trae Young, lending credit to the idea that the Lakers could break this pattern.

Of course, a lion share of the Lakers’ chances at winning on Friday lies with the status of one LeBron James being able to overcome the sickness that caused him to miss the game against the Heat. He will be listed as probable for the game against the Hawks, however, that designation on the report is related to his left ankle soreness. He had the same designation heading into Wednesday’s game, so that “probable” label may not be as promising as it usually is.

However, one would hope that if his sickness was still pretty bad, he’d be listed as questionable due to it.

If he’s available and the Lakers don’t let the Hawks learn from past mistakes — in a crazy turn of events given AD’s absence — the Lakers will find themselves on their best run of the season.

The Lakers and Hawks will tip off at 7:30 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on Spectrum SportsNet.

Dean Pees leaves future with Falcons open-ended as season finale looms

Dean Pees came out of retirement to help fix a moribund Falcons defense. Arthur Smith reached out to the former Patriots, Ravens, and Titans defensive coordinator when he was hired by Atlanta, hoping to coax someone he once worked with in Tennessee to his new home. Pees accepted, and by and large fans were thrilled by the prospect of one of the more successful def...

Dean Pees came out of retirement to help fix a moribund Falcons defense. Arthur Smith reached out to the former Patriots, Ravens, and Titans defensive coordinator when he was hired by Atlanta, hoping to coax someone he once worked with in Tennessee to his new home. Pees accepted, and by and large fans were thrilled by the prospect of one of the more successful defensive minds in the NFL over the past few decades joining and hopefully bringing a great defense for the Falcons back after a long, long hiatus.

Through two seasons, it obviously hasn’t worked out that way. Pees’ defense has been clamping down on scoring over the past several weeks, which has to warm his heart, but Atlanta’s defense has remained one of the weaker ones in the NFL. That has to frustrate a coach whose defenses have rarely been worse than league average over a long and distinguished career in the league, and who said back in April that it was time to start expecting greatness from this team.

Of course, the last two years have also been defined by the Falcons sadly turning out their pockets, shaking their heads, and letting moths loose from their wallets. With the second-highest cap space total in the NFL this coming spring, this team can finally invest significant free agent resources into upgrading the talent, which should allow this defense to be great. It’s just not 100% clear that Dean Pees will be here to coach it.

That’s because he cast at least some doubt on his future with the franchise in 2023 in a response to ESPN reporter Mike Rothstein:

Asked Falcons DC Dean Pees if he plans on returning in 2023: "We'll see after the season." Pees said he'll talk with his wife before making that decision.

— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) January 5, 2023

The fact that he’s at least considering another retirement is not really all that surprising. Pees is 73 years old and one of the oldest coaches working in the NFL today, he’s been through a pair of frustrating seasons, and he had a scare just a short time ago when a Saints player collided with him in pregame warmups and sent him to the hospital, though Pees was thankfully okay in the aftermath of that incident.

I never viewed Pees as a strong bet to hang around for more than a handful of seasons, with the hope that he’d coax real improvement out of this group or at least lay the foundation for it. If he’s thinking about life after football after more than 40 years of coaching, that’s understandable. He has already retired twice before.

I have no idea which way he’ll end up leaning, obviously, so we’ll just have to see what his decision is. If he does stay, Pees would have to be looking forward to this front office using the draft and free agency to lift the overall talent level of the defense, hopefully allowing it to make the major strides the coaching staff and all of us have been hoping for. History suggests that the makings of a capable pass rush in Atlanta will unlock the defense’s potential under Pees, if so.

If not, Atlanta will have a big decisions to make. If they want to keep it in-house, the most logical choice would be linebackers coach Frank Bush, who has a long NFL career and stints as both an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in the league. Outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino also coordinated the Colts defense briefly, while defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Gary Emanuel were defensive coordinators at the collegiate level. There are options, in other words, unless they’re looking outside the organization to poach an established coordinator or rising position coach.

That’s all in the future, though. We’ll see what this defense can do against the Buccaneers on Sunday and then wait to see if Pees remains at the helm of this defense in 2023 or turn the tiller over to someone else.

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