The Atlanta Hawks look to clinch a playoff spot for the sixth consecutive season tonight when they take on the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Atlanta is 1-1 on their current four-game trip and tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Bulls.
Atlanta put up a disappointing effort on Monday as they fell to the shorthanded Indiana Pacers in a game in which they trailed by as many as 28 points. Atlanta's reserves made a big run in the fourth quarter to make the final score respectable but Larry Drew was disappointed for his team's lack of focus and lack of composure in the game.
"It was a game that we should have, I thought, should have been a little more focused and played a little bit more composed," Drew said. "We allowed the pressure to speed us up, and we allowed some (foul) calls to just completely take us out of what our focus should have been."
Toronto comes into Wednesday's game having lost four straight and battling injures to several key players. Rudy Gay missed Saturday's game with a back injury but was able to practice on Monday and Tuesday and could return against the Hawks. He is officially listed as questionable along with point guard Kyle Lowry. Andrea Bargnani is already out for the season because of an elbow injury.
Atlanta played without Devin Harris on Monday who suffered a foot injury in Sunday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Harris is listed as questionable against the Raptors.
DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 23 points in the earlier meeting between the two clubs but is averaging just 15.8 per game during the month of March. Rudy Gay is scoring just a tick up 20 points per game since being acquired by the Raptors.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband