Update: The Hawks will be without John Collins on Tuesday and for quite some time, as the third-year big man was suspended for 25 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
Trae Young, however, will return to the lineup against the Spurs, as he was upgraded from ‘questionable’ to ‘available’ on Tuesday afternoon.
It’s been a while since the Atlanta Hawks participated in a sanctioned NBA game. In fact, only the Boston Celtics have played in as few games as the Hawks to this point and, after a four-day hiatus, everyone is itching to return to action on Tuesday evening. With that in mind, the San Antonio Spurs visit State Farm Arena for what should be an interesting face-off.
Atlanta’s last contest existed without Trae Young, as the second-year point guard was sidelined with the ankle injury sustained last week. Fortunately, Young avoided significant damage to the ankle and, as of the time of this post, he is listed as questionable to return against San Antonio.
As you may expect, the Hawks’ likelihood of victory would be greatly affected by Young’s status, though it is worth noting that the good folks in Las Vegas currently install Atlanta as a 3.5-point underdog at home. That number seems to lean toward Young being available to play but, as always, this is something to closely monitor during the day.
Elsewhere, the Hawks will be without Evan Turner (Achilles) again in this game, though the rest of the injury report is clean with the exception of Alex Len (ribs) being listed as probably. Chandler Parsons and Allen Crabbe remain out but, if Young is able to play, the Hawks will be at near full strength to face a difficult test from a playoff-caliber team.
Last season, the Spurs swept the season series against the Hawks, though both games were decided by single-digits. San Antonio has looked a lot like they always do so far this season and, from an injury standpoint, the visitors are in good shape.
The Hawks face a stretch of three games in four nights at home, including a back-to-back on Wednesday against Chicago. That could, in theory, lead to limited deployment from a player or two but, on the whole, Atlanta should be (very) fresh and ready to go after a lengthy hiatus from the hardwood.
Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 pm ET
Location: State Farm Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass