The Atlanta Hawks return dwelling from their season-long eight-game highway journey on Sunday to host the Golden State Warriors, however who is aware of how wholesome both workforce can be.
The Hawks went 4-4 on the journey however performed short-handed on the ultimate cease in New Orleans and nonetheless emerged with a 126-103 win over the Pelicans. Atlanta was with out all 5 gamers who made up its beginning lineup within the season opener — main scorer Trae Younger (left knee soreness), Danilo Gallinari (left Achilles soreness), John Collins (left ankle sprain), De’Andre Hunter (proper knee soreness) and Cam Reddish, who has missed 19 video games with a proper Achilles damage.
Atlanta interim coach Nate McMillan mentioned it was only a gutty effort by his restricted roster.
“We needed to just about method this recreation as if it was the fourth quarter,” McMillan mentioned. “We wanted to dig deep and be sturdy.”
Mentioned middle Clint Capela mentioned: “We simply take it as a problem. I do know it is a marathon. It is a lengthy journey. My head is simply attempting to maintain up with it; do what I do. Attempt to block out, rebounds, working and simply keep targeted on all of the issues that I do finest.”
Atlanta has been helped by way of the accidents by contributions from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who’s averaging 25.3 factors and taking pictures 58.3 p.c on 3-pointers over the past three video games, and Kevin Huerter, who scored a season-high 24 towards New Orleans after being held scoreless towards San Antonio the earlier recreation.
The trade-deadline pickup of veteran Lou Williams additionally proved well timed. He scored 19 factors towards the Pelicans in his second recreation since becoming a member of the membership.
“Lou is Lou,” McMillan mentioned. “We all know what he is able to doing, and he’s slowly working himself right into a rhythm. We’re arising with some units and a few performs for him and the second unit.”
The Warriors are on the lookout for solutions after dropping the primary two video games of their three-game highway journey. Golden State, which performed with out Steph Curry and Draymond Inexperienced, was hammered 130-77 by the Toronto Raptors in Tampa on Friday, the third-largest loss in Warriors’ historical past. The Warriors have misplaced six of their final seven video games, together with a 124-108 choice to Atlanta on March 26.
“(Accidents) are all part of it,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “You flip to the bench and it is subsequent man up. Accidents aren’t any excuse.”
Curry averages 29.2 factors however has missed six of the final eight video games with a tailbone contusion; he did not play the primary recreation towards Atlanta however is predicted to play on Sunday. Curry has not performed towards Atlanta since December 2018.
Inexperienced was a late scratch with a left finger damage. Kerr defined, “He may barely maintain onto the ball.”
Jordan Poole was in a position to return after lacking the final recreation with a left ankle sprain. He performed half-hour and scored 10 factors however made solely 3-of-15 from the ground. Eric Paschall was again after lacking two video games with a sore left wrist; he scored 9.
The Hawks have gained the final two video games towards the Warriors after shedding 9 in a row.
–Subject Degree Media