The Atlanta Hawks return residence from their season-long eight-game street journey on Sunday to host the Golden State Warriors, however who is aware of how wholesome both workforce shall be.
The Hawks went 4-4 on the journey however performed short-handed on the ultimate cease in New Orleans and nonetheless emerged with a 126-103 win over the Pelicans. Atlanta was with out all 5 gamers who made up its beginning lineup within the season opener — main scorer Trae Young (left knee soreness), Danilo Gallinari (left Achilles soreness), John Collins (left ankle sprain), De’Andre Hunter (proper knee soreness) and Cam Reddish, who has missed 19 video games with a proper Achilles harm.
Atlanta interim coach Nate McMillan mentioned it was only a gutty effort by his restricted roster.
“We wanted to pretty much approach this game as if it was the fourth quarter,” McMillan mentioned. “We needed to dig deep and be strong.”
Said heart Clint Capela mentioned: “We just take it as a challenge. I know it’s a marathon. It’s a long journey. My head is just trying to keep up with it; do what I do. Try to block out, rebounds, running and just stay focused on all the things that I do best.”
Atlanta has been helped by way of the accidents by contributions from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who’s averaging 25.3 factors and capturing 58.3 p.c on 3-pointers over the past three video games, and Kevin Huerter, who scored a season-high 24 in opposition to New Orleans after being held scoreless in opposition to San Antonio the earlier sport.
The trade-deadline pickup of veteran Lou Williams (NYSE:) additionally proved well timed. He scored 19 factors in opposition to the Pelicans in his second sport since becoming a member of the membership.
“Lou is Lou,” McMillan mentioned. “We know what he’s capable of doing, and he is slowly working himself into a rhythm. We’re coming up with some sets and some plays for him and the second unit.”
The Warriors are in search of solutions after dropping the primary two video games of their three-game street journey. Golden State, which performed with out Steph Curry and Draymond Green, was hammered 130-77 by the Toronto Raptors in Tampa on Friday, the third-largest loss in Warriors’ historical past. The Warriors have misplaced six of their final seven video games, together with a 124-108 determination to Atlanta on March 26.
“(Injuries) are all a part of it,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “You turn to the bench and it’s next guy up. Injuries are no excuse.”
Curry averages 29.2 factors however has missed six of the final eight video games with a tailbone contusion; he did not play the primary sport in opposition to Atlanta however is anticipated to play on Sunday. Curry has not performed in opposition to Atlanta since December 2018.
Green was a late scratch with a left finger harm. Kerr defined, “He could barely hold onto the ball.”
Jordan Poole was in a position to return after lacking the final sport with a left ankle sprain. He performed half-hour and scored 10 factors however made solely 3-of-15 from the ground. Eric Paschall was again after lacking two video games with a sore left wrist; he scored 9.
The Hawks have received the final two video games in opposition to the Warriors after dropping 9 in a row.
–Field Level Media
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