Hornets Vs. Hawks Preseason Game Thread: Atlanta returns home for matchup with New Orleans

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks return to Philips Arena for an exhibition matchup against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets.

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2012/2013 NBA Preseason Game No. 5
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Thursday October 18, 2012
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
7:30 p.m. ET
No TV, 680 The Fan
Probable Starters
Greivis Vasquez PG Jeff Teague
Austin Rivers SG Devin Harris
Al-Farouq Aminu SF DeShawn Stevenson
Anthony Davis PF Josh Smith
Robin Lopez C Al Horford

Hawks Injury notes: Devin Harris made his preseason debut on Tuesday against the Grizzlies after missing the first three preseason games with a knee injury. DeShawn Stevenson has missed the last three games with a sore knee but could be back in the lineup on Thursday. Josh Smith and Al Horford sat out Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies although Larry Drew said that both were healthy enough to play. Smith has a sore knee while Horford has a sore shoulder. Both are expected to return to the lineup on Thursday.

Hornets Injury notes: Anthony Davis sat out the Hornets loss on Friday to the Houston Rockets with a sore groin. He is expected to return to action against the Hawks. Eric Gordon has yet to play during the preseason for the Hornets but is also reportedly getting closer to being ready for action.

Player(s) to watch: DeShawn Stevenson, Kyle Korver, Damion James, Anthony Morrow and anyone else Larry Drew decides to deploy at the small forward position. The Hawks appear set with Jeff Teague, Devin Harris and Lou Williams soaking up the majority of minutes in the backcourt. There will be some left over minutes available in the backcourt but the four players mentioned will likely all have some opportunity to man the small forward position as well.

Additional SB Nation coverage: SB Nation Atlanta, At The Hive

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