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Taurean Prince set to miss Grizzlies game; Omari Spellman nearing return

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Friday’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies is intriguing, if only because any additional data is valuable at this (very) early juncture in the season. However, the Hawks will be without one of their best players in the second preseason game, as KL Chouinard of notes that Taurean Prince will not travel to Memphis as a result of illness.

Because this is not injury-related, there is no need for panic but head coach Lloyd Pierce indicated that a trio of players are in consideration to get the start alongside Kent Bazemore on the wing.

Given the team’s 11-man rotation in the opener, it would be something of a surprise if Dorsey got the start but, in the same breath, on-brand confusion would be the result. If nothing else, Prince’s absence should provide an uptick in playing time for all of the wings and that isn’t a bad thing.

Elsewhere, KL Chouinard also brings word that Omari Spellman is “likely” to play on Friday.

Spellman’s pending return is in line with his arrival on the practice floor as a full participant earlier this week. It will be interesting to see how the rookie big man fares in his first preseason action but his availability is a good start.

Stay tuned for more information and full coverage of Friday’s game.