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Preview: Hawks host Celtics amid injury questions

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The Atlanta Hawks didn’t perform terribly well on Saturday evening, falling to the short-handed Dallas Mavericks by more than twenty points. With that said, the Hawks were also dealing with a depleted roster and, in advance of Monday night’s home game against the Boston Celtics, Lloyd Pierce will again be keeping a close eye on the injury report.

Alex Len, Jabari Parker and Chandler Parsons remain out of action and, in this game, they will be joined on the sideline by Cam Reddish, who suffered a concussion and was forced to leave Saturday’s action. In addition, DeAndre’ Bembry is seemingly a long shot to play, entering Monday with a “doubtful” distinction.

Still, there is real intrigue on three players, with Trae Young (ankle), De’Andre Hunter (ankle) and Bruno Fernando (calf) all listed as questionable. Obviously, Young is the biggest domino, but both Hunter and Fernando are pieces that would help the Hawks in pursuit of a victory, and updates will be crucial to follow throughout the day.

On the Boston side, there are also injury concerns, headlined by the absence of All-Star guard Kemba Walker. The Celtics could also be without Marcus Smart and/or Enes Kanter, with both listed as questionable.

Because of the uncertainty, no firm point spread is available as of Monday morning. Still, it would be a shock if the Celtics weren’t favored by tip-off, and the Hawks will face a significant challenge against a playoff-caliber opponent. Atlanta could certainly put together a competitive performance, but having a roster with some level of depth would be key.

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: Monday, Feb. 3, 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