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Hawks vs. Heat preview: Finishing a back-to-back in Miami

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The toughest spot of the season to this point.

NBA: Preseason-Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

After back-to-back losses, the Atlanta Hawks will enter Monday’s game in Miami without the services of starting point guard and leading scorer Dennis Schröder. That doesn’t paint the prettiest picture for the road team in picking up a win but, even aside from the injury concern, this is the toughest spot of the young season for Mike Budenholzer’s team.

For starters, the Hawks are on the second night of a back-to-back and, even early in the season, that matters. Beyond that, Miami is the best team that the Hawks have opposed to this point in the season and the Heat had Sunday off after picking up a win on Saturday.

It will be very interesting to see what Budenholzer elects to do in terms of rotational deployment. Schröder and DeAndre’ Bembry will be sorely missed and, aside from Malcolm Delaney soaking up big-time minutes at the point, the rest of the 48 are something of an adventure. Throw in the fact that the Hawks are without a proven perimeter scoring option and it could be an adventure in a hurry.

On the “bright side,” the Heat are also shorthanded as standout center Hassan Whiteside is out for the home team.

Still, this is an interesting test and it will be worth monitoring to see how the Hawks respond to difficult circumstances.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: American Airlines Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass

Radio: 92.9 “The Game”