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 Hawks.com notes that Taurean Prince will not travel to Memphis as a result of illness.
Taurean Prince has a bit of a viral bug, missed practice today and won't travel to Memphis, per Coach Pierce.— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) October 4, 2018
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.
Lloyd Pierce didn't name a replacement starter, but said it could be Tyler Dorsey, Kevin Huerter or DeAndre' Bembry.— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) October 4, 2018
Dorsey ran with the starters in practice today.
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.
Pierce also said that Omari Spellman has had a couple of good practices the last couple of days and will likely play tomorrow barring an unforeseen setback.— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) October 4, 2018
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.