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Pacers vs Hawks preview: Atlanta looks to bounce back without Mike Budenholzer

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks look to score another victory on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers but will have to do so without their head coach. Mike Budenholzer was suspended one-game by the NBA for making contact with official Brian Forte during Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers. Assistant coach Darvin Ham will take over head coaching duties for the Hawks on Sunday.

The Hawks two-game winning streak ended Friday night with a 135-130 loss. Atlanta allowed an NBA record 25 three-pointers but mounted a charge late behind the strong play of Tim Hardaway Jr and Paul Millsap. Atlanta is 34-27 on the season and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the Toronto Raptors. Indiana enters Sunday’s game in sixth place with a 31-30 record and three games back of the Hawks.

Sunday’s game will mark the return of long time point guard Jeff Teague to Philips Arena for the first time since last summer’s trade. Atlanta dealt Teague to Indiana as part of a three-team trade that also involved Utah and netted the Hawks the 12th pick in last summer’s draft which they used to select Taurean Prince.

Teague has had a solid season in Indiana averaging 15.3 points and a career-best 8.1 assists per game.

Atlanta defeated Indiana 96-85 in the first meeting between the two teams back in November. Dwight Howard led the way for the Hawks with 23 points and 20 rebounds. Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 24.

Young has battled a sprained wrist of late but is expected to play on Sunday.

Atlanta will be without forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. who is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. The Hawks are expected to have in uniform point guard Jose Calderon who was claimed off of waivers on Saturday.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, March 6, 1 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game