The Atlanta Hawks have been in the news for an unfortunate reason on Wednesday, as Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were both arrested in conjunction with a nightclub incident that landed Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland in the hospital. Though Sefolosha and Antic were both released from custody on Wednesday afternoon, the Hawks will not deploy either player in Wednesday evening's game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Sefolosha and Antic were cited for several things, but it is important to note that no link has formed between their behavior and what unfortunately happened to Chris Copeland. Still, the organization undoubtedly wishes that neither player was at the scene and associated with the ensuing events, and it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that they will spend the evening somewhere other than on the basketball court.
The Hawks also announced on Wednesday afternoon that shooting guard John Jenkins did not travel with the team due to illness, meaning that Atlanta will be shorthanded without Antic, Sefolosha, Jenkins and the previously injured Paul Millsap. It will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer deploys his rotation, especially given the status with the Nets and the (somewhat faint) potential of acquiring a lottery pick should Brooklyn miss the playoffs.
Stay tuned throughout the evening for the latest.