Hornets vs. Hawks: Anthony Tolliver to start, DeShawn Stevenson out

Kevin C. Cox

Larry Drew will stick with Anthony Tolliver as his starting small forward for Friday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets.

Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew met with the media following Friday's shootaround and said that he was sticking with the same starting lineup that includes Anthony Tolliver as the team's small forward for tonight's game against the Hornets. The Hawks will again be without DeShawn Stevenson who is out which further limits Drew's options at small forward.

Drew went with Tolliver in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies in an effort to match up with Tayshaun Prince at small forward. Tolliver finished with eight points and seven rebounds in just over 28 minutes of action Wednesday. He will likely draw Al-Farouq Aminu on defense tonight.

The Hawks' injury problems could be improving even with Stevenson out. Larry Drew declared both Devin Harris and Zaza Pachulia as game-time decisions but both players told the AJC's Chris Vivlamore that they expect to play tonight. Pachulia has missed the last four games with an Achilles injury and Harris has been battling foot and ankle problems off and on the entire season.

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