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Preview: Hawks host Suns amid injury questions

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Sarah Spencer of the AJC reports that Trae Young and De’Andre Hunter are both expected to play. The Hawks announced on Tuesday afternoon that Alex Len will not play.

With an active, four-game losing streak, the Atlanta Hawks return home on Tuesday evening in what appears to be a winnable spot. However, Lloyd Pierce’s team once again faces a potentially debilitating injury situation as the Phoenix Suns come to town.

On Monday, the team released its official injury report and it illustrated a great deal of uncertainty. Bruno Fernando (personal) and Jabari Parker (shoulder) remain out, but most of the attention will be on the status of Trae Young. Young was sidelined on Sunday with a left hamstring ailment and, in advance of the matchup against Phoenix, the star guard is listed as questionable. He is joined by De’Andre Hunter (right index finger sprain) with a questionable designation, and Alex Len (low back pain) is listed as doubtful.

Atlanta’s offense has been generally inept without Young on the floor this season, highlighting the importance of the second-year guard, even beyond the obvious effectiveness of his play. With that in mind, Young’s status is the biggest key but, with Len seemingly unlikely to play, the Hawks will be short-handed up front and Hunter’s uncertainty could also create more issues with his ability to play both forward spots.

Though things could change based on Young’s availability, the good folks in Las Vegas (and offshore) install the Suns as small betting favorites. Though Phoenix hasn’t been terribly impressive over the full season, the Suns are 3-2 in their last five games and, from an injury standpoint, the visitors’ only uncertainty comes with a questionable listing for Ricky Rubio.

Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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