Update: The Atlanta Hawks announced that Kevin Huerter has been diagnosed with a left rotator cuff strain with an associated shoulder capsule strain.” He will be re-examined in two weeks.
Trae Young put together a masterful performance on Tuesday and, in the process, the talented guard led the Atlanta Hawks to an upset win. Less than 48 hours later, Young and company will be back on the floor and, this time, the Hawks will square off with the Phoenix Suns.
Phoenix has been impressive in their own right this season, accumulating a surprising 6-4 record despite a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Like the Hawks, the Suns are also dealing with a high-profile suspension to Deandre Ayton but, aside from that, Phoenix is relatively healthy as this match-up approaches. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Hawks.
Atlanta’s injury report is quite busy and the headliner in this spot is the absence of Kevin Huerter. The second-year wing flew home to Atlanta after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday and, while the full diagnosis is unknown at the time of this post, Huerter will not play against Phoenix. He’ll be joined on the sideline by Vince Carter (personal) and Evan Turner (Achilles) but, in an interesting twist, Allen Crabbe (knee) is now off the injury report entirely and Chandler Parsons (knees) is currently doubtful. It may not seem like much but the “doubtful” distinction represents an upgrade for Parsons and that situation is worth monitoring.
Without Huerter and Carter available, the Hawks could turn to Crabbe for his potent outside shooting, all while understanding that there could be a rust factor in play. At the power forward spot, Lloyd Pierce could choose to utilize Bruno Fernando behind Jabari Parker in similar fashion to Tuesday, while a stagger with De’Andre Hunter is also a possibility.
The Hawks swept the Suns in their season series last season but, so far, this has been a different Phoenix team and that is reflected in the Las Vegas point spread. The Suns are currently 7-point home favorites over the Hawks, though that is a shorter number than Atlanta managed to overcome in Denver on Tuesday.
Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 14, 9:00 pm ET
Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass