The Atlanta Hawks have four games coming up this week highlighted by the return of Joe Johnson to Philips Arena for the first time since the offseason trade that sent him to Brooklyn.
Atlanta' kicks off the week's schedule on Monday in Chicago to face the Bulls. The Hawks won the first matchup with Chicago 92-75 back on December 22. Atlanta however has lost four straight games at the United Center dating back to the 2011 playoffs.
Joe Johnson returns to Atlanta on Wednesday as the Hawks clash with the Nets for the first time this season. Atlanta heads to Brooklyn on Friday for their first trip into the Barclay Center. Brooklyn got off to a disappointing start that cost Avery Johnson his job. P.J. Carlesimo took over for Johnson and the Nets are riding a six-game winning streak after Sunday's 97-86 win over Indiana. Joe Johnson scored 20 points in the win over the Pacers and is averaging 17.1 per game on the season.
The Hawks will face a difficult back-to-back beginning in Brooklyn on Friday and finishing up back at home against the San Antonio Spurs who are 29-11 and in third place in the Western Conference.
Atlanta enters the week relatively healthy but perhaps a little weary from a recently heavy schedule. Devin Harris returned from a foot injury last week leaving only Anthony Morrow sidelined due to injury. Morrow has missed the last nine games with hip and back injuries.
Here is a look at this week's schedule:
Monday, January 14 - at Bulls - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16 - vs Nets - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 18 - at Nets - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 - vs Spurs - 7 p.m.