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Zaza Pachulia will miss his fourth straight game Saturday night when the Hawks take on the Brooklyn Nets.
Zaza Pachulia will miss his fourth straight game on Saturday with a sore Achilles but is still considered day-to-day according to head coach Larry Drew. Pachulia has battled the injury since before the All-Star break and there is no timeline for his return at this point.
Drew said that the rest of the team would be available against the Nets including Ivan Johnson who did not make the trip to Boston on Friday for personal reasons. In an effort to matchup with the Nets size, the Hawks will give Johan Petro his second straight start at center. Joining Petro in the starting lineup will be Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford.
Atlanta's bench scored just eight points in Friday's loss to the Celtics and Drew is looking for more of a contribution against the Nets. Devin Harris' return to the bench should help give the Hawks some scoring punch as will the return of Johnson.