UPDATE: Trae Young will be available to play in Oklahoma City. Steven Adams is out for the Thunder.
The Atlanta Hawks put together a memorable comeback on Wednesday evening, toppling the L.A. Clippers behind John Collins and Brandon Goodwin. After a break on Thursday that included an All-Star nod for Trae Young, the Hawks will take the floor in Oklahoma City on Friday evening, and Atlanta will face a stiff test.
At the forefront of the pre-game analysis is the injury report for both teams. The Hawks will once again be without DeAndre’ Bembry (personal) and Jabari Parker (shoulder), but the biggest domino is the availability of Young. The star guard is listed as questionable with the same right thigh contusion that kept him off the floor on Wednesday, and it will be interesting to monitor his status.
On the Thunder side, Steven Adams is listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain and Terrance Ferguson is out for personal reasons. Adams’ availability will be big in determining expectations, as Oklahoma City relies heavily on the veteran for his two-way impact.
At present, there is no point spread available for Friday’s game, largely because of the uncertainty surrounding Young and, to a lesser extent, Adams. Still, the Hawks will be underdogs against the red-hot Thunder with or without Young, Atlanta will be looking to pick up a second straight win while stopping Oklahoma City’s winning streak at three games.
Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.
Game Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 24, 8:00 pm ET
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass