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Preview: Hawks venture to Boston amid point guard uncertainty

The Hawks and Celtics could both be shorthanded.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Update: The Celtics announced on Friday afternoon that Kyrie Irving is OUT for the game against the Hawks.

After a stretch that included nine out of ten games at Philips Arena, the Atlanta Hawks will venture away from home over the weekend with the first stop in Boston to take on the Celtics. With a 37-15 record on the season, the Celtics’ performance to this point speaks for itself but there is a bit of uncertainty on both sides as this Friday night face-off takes shape.

On the Hawks side, Dennis Schröder is listed as questionable with a right shoulder strain and that distinction doesn’t shed much light on his current status. Both the point guard and head coach Mike Budenholzer indicated that Schröder was facing pain during Wednesday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets and, given where Atlanta is in the standings, there is no reason to push the team’s offensive engine if dealing with significant injury.

For Boston, Kyrie Irving missed the team’s most recent game (a close win over Denver) with a bruised quad and that ailment could keep him out of action on Friday. As a result of the injury question marks, there is no Las Vegas line available for the contest but, given the nature of the history between the two teams, the Hawks and Celtics usually produce entertaining battles.

Regardless, the Hawks will be dealing with old pal Al Horford and, in recent days, Atlanta’s defense has been porous to say the least. Still, there were offensive signs of optimism against Charlotte and perhaps they will travel to Massachusetts for Friday’s contest. Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Friday, February 2, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: TD Garden

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

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)