The Atlanta Hawks found the win column on Wednesday evening, outlasting the New York Knicks behind an inspired effort. Less than 24 hours later, Lloyd Pierce’s team will be taking the floor in Chicago against the Bulls on Thursday evening in what is the final preseason tilt for Atlanta.
With the odd circumstance of a preseason back-to-back, there is plenty of uncertainty as to how the Hawks will approach things from a rotation perspective. The team’s official injury report, released on Thursday afternoon, included only two new additions, with Cam Reddish (right hip tension) listed as probable and John Collins (flu-like symptoms) ruled out. The absence of Collins isn’t a surprise but, as of the time of this post, players like Trae Young, De’Andre Hunter and Alex Len were not actively included on the pre-game report.
On the Chicago side, only Chandler Hutchison and Shaq Harrison are ruled out for Thursday and, while this is also the final preseason tilt for the Bulls, the home team hasn’t had three days off before this particular contest.
The Hawks have a full week before the regular season opener and, with a big-time workload for a few key pieces on Wednesday, this game could have a distinct feel of preseason basketball. Alas, there is plenty to monitor and fun should be had by all.
Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:00 pm ET
Location: United Center
TV: NBA TV
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: NBA League Pass