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Jeff Teague to return, Dennis Schröder to start against Clippers

Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague will return to the lineup on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, but Dennis Schröder will get the start at point guard.

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In an interesting twist, there won't be a change to the Atlanta Hawks starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. After being upgraded to probable earlier in the day, Jeff Teague will be active and available for the Hawks against the Clippers, but head coach Mike Budenholzer indicated pregame that Dennis Schröder will get the start at point guard.

When asked if this was a permanent change, Budenholzer simply said "no", indicating that this could be a one-night switch as Teague comes back from a hamstring injury, but needless to say, this is quite intriguing. Budenholzer also indicated that the coaching staff debated whether Teague should return on Tuesday, given that the Hawks have two additional days off before hosting Milwaukee, but bringing his normal starting point guard off the bench was the final choice.

Dennis Schröder has been highly effective in place of Teague over the past three games, averaging more than 13 points and 7 assists per game, and seeing him on the floor with the starters while Teague operates in a reserve role could be something to monitor in itself. Regardless, the 21-year-old has made significant strides this season, and that undoubtedly makes this decision easier for Budenholzer.

Elsewhere, Pero Antic remains questionable with an ankle injury, and he will test the issue in pregame before a final distinction is made. However, Budenholzer said that it was "bothering" him after Antic sustained the injury in Monday's win over the Dallas Mavericks, and it certainly would not be a surprise to see the Hawks remain cautious by keeping him on the sideline.