The Atlanta Hawks are looking to snap out of a four-game funk on Friday when they take on the Utah Jazz at Philips Arena. The Hawks have dropped four straight for the first time since the 2010-11 season and have fallen to fourth in the Eastern Conference. The slide has head coach Larry Drew concerned:
"I am a little concerned right now," Drew said. "I've got to do something to get this team on stride again
Drew has tried juggling his lineup in an effort to give his team a boost. He went back to the big lineup against the Cavs placing Zaza Pachulia in the starting lineup and opting to bring Lou Williams back off the bench but it didn't seem to have much effect. Devin Harris returned to action in limited minutes against the Cavaliers and could start to see his minutes increase. Anthony Morrow could also return on Friday after being sidelined by hip and back injuries.
The Jazz come in playing well having won two straight. Utah's front line of Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap poses a challenge for the Hawks who have struggled to keep teams off the boards during their losing streak.
The game is also a homecoming of sorts for a number of Utah players and coaches. Marvin Williams will be back in Atlanta for the first time since an offseason trade but won't play because of a knee injury. Derrick Favors starred at South Atlanta High School and played a season at Georgia Tech. Finally head coach Tyrone Corbin played four seasons for the Hawks during his playing days in the late 90s.
Game Date/Time: Friday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband