Keyed by a strong fourth quarter from Brandon Goodwin and full-game excellence from John Collins and Kevin Huerter, the Atlanta Hawks fought valiantly on Friday evening before succumbing to the Boston Celtics. After a day off for travel on Saturday, the Hawks return home for an intriguing match-up on Sunday evening, as they welcome the New York Knicks to State Farm Arena.
As it has been for the last several games, the story of the day is the injury situation for Atlanta. On Saturday, the Hawks announced that Clint Capela (right calcaneus contusion/plantar fasciitis) and Skal Labissiere (left knee chondral injury) would be absent on Sunday. From there, Cam Reddish (concussion) is listed as doubtful and, barring a change, appears to be headed for another absence.
There is more uncertainty beyond that, though, with Trae Young (right ankle contusion) at the top of the list. The All-Star guard is listed as questionable, and he is joined by De’Andre Hunter (left ankle sprain) and DeAndre’ Bembry (right hand neuritis) with the same questionable listing. Bruno Fernando (left calf strain) appears to be on track to play, providing a bit of frontcourt depth, but the Hawks could, once again, face a short-handed overall situation.
On the bright side, Dewayne Dedmon is not listed on the injury report and the veteran center is seemingly on track to make his Hawks re-debut. It will be interesting to see how he is used in the early going but, at the very least, Dedmon is the team’s best center with Capela unavailable.
In a refreshing twist, it is the Knicks, not the Hawks, that face the rest disadvantage in this game. New York played on Saturday evening and had to travel after the game, setting the stage for Atlanta to potentially enter this game as the betting favorite. That could change if Young is unable to play but, for now, this is the rare spot this season in which the Hawks will be expected to hold serve and win at home.
Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 9, 6:00 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