ATLANTA - MAY 10: Al Horford #15 and Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks defend the basket against Marcin Gortat #13 of the Orlando Magic during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
According to Michael Cunningham's practice recap, Jeff Teague is unlikely to play tonight with a sprained ankle but says that he was going to lobby to play tonight. It is still more likely that he will return for Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat.
Jason Collins did not play against New Orleans but appears to be over the leg injury that sidelined him in Detroit and Washington. Perhaps coach Drew let he and Etan Thomas rest knowing that Dwight Howard was coming to town on Monday night.
Also according to Cunningham, Josh Powell is playing with a sore groin. If the pre-season has been any indication then Josh Powell is going to set personal highs in playing time this season. He has usually been the first big man up off the bench along with Zaza Pachulia. Will be interesting to watch if coach Drew goes with a four man rotation up front or with a three man attack where he rotates Horford through the power forward position.
Bret at Hoopinon talks about the Al Horford contract extension talks and how a blurb in the Atlanta Journal has gotten National attention and in my opinion has been completely blown out of proportion. The blurb in case you missed it was from beat writer Michael Cunningham:
Horford said there's been no movement on contract extension negotiations between his representatives and the Hawks.
Now that quote has been turned into these headlines:
It is beneficial for both sides to get something done before the deadline and I am confident that it will happen but as Bret points out, it doesn't necessarily mean that Horford won't be back in a Hawks uniform as they will still retain his rights in restricted free agency.