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Coach Mike Budenholzer returns to Hawks' bench after missing game to tend to wife's emergency


ATLANTA — Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was back with the team Sunday night after missing one game because of his wife's undisclosed medical emergency.

Budenholzer is not publicly discussing Mary Beth Budenholzer's health status.

"The support from the players and the staff and everybody has been great," he said before Atlanta played Utah. "I'm just appreciative of that."

Budenholzer returned home from Boston on Friday morning. Assistant Kenny Atkinson coached in Budenholzer's absence that night and the Hawks lost to the Celtics.

Budenholzer was last season's NBA coach of the year. The Hawks won 60 games, second best in the NBA, and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time.

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