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Kings vs Hawks: Jeff Teague, Kent Bazemore remain out for Atlanta

The Hawks will remain shorthanded against Sacramento on Wednesday with another absence from Kent Bazemore and Jeff Teague.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Update: The Hawks will adjust the previously announced starting lineup, inserting Justin Holiday in place of Tiago Splitter.


The Atlanta Hawks suffered something of an unexpected loss on Tuesday night, but the team will not welcome two starters back to the fold for Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings. Mike Budenholzer announced prior to the game that Jeff Teague would not play despite an ankle injury that saw him listed as questionable earlier in the day, and while Kent Bazemore was ruled out earlier in the day. With those absences, the team will deploy a starting lineup of Dennis Schröder, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Tiago Splitter for the second straight game.

Teague has missed the last two games with a left ankle sprain, and in his absence, the Hawks have been less effective on the offensive end of the court, especially with regard to ball movement. It will be interesting to see how Budenholzer handles the rotation, after Shelvin Mack saw extended playing time in each of the past two games, and with this being the second game of a back-to-back, minutes for players like Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha could theoretically be limited.

Beyond that, the team's use of "the big lineup" was minimal against Brooklyn despite giving Splitter a rare start, and against DeMarcus Cousins, Budenholzer could chose to deploy size for additional minutes. Jeff Teague's status as "questionable" leading up to the game is likely encouraging for the future, but the Hawks will go to battle without two starting perimeter players once again on Wednesday.