Okongwu will start Sunday's game against Milwaukee, Sarah Spencer of the Journal-Constitution reports.
With Clint Capela (hand) ruled out, Okongwu will make his first start in just his fourth career NBA game. The USC product saw only four minutes of action off the bench in Friday's win over the Timberwolves. Prior to that, he played 14 minutes Wednesday against Detroit, posting two points, six boards and three blocks.
Okongwu (toe) played 14 minutes off the bench Friday in the Hawks' 116-92 loss to the Jazz, scoring four points (2-6 FG) and adding five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said Okongwu would be capped at around 15 minutes Friday after the rookie was sidelined for the first 10 games of the season while tending to toe inflammation on his left foot, so the workload was about what could have been expected. The blowout nature of the contest may have had a hand in Okongwu getting the minutes, so Pierce's rotation will bear watching in the games to come to get a sense of how much the No. 6 overall pick might play on a more regular basis. Pierce had previously been using starting power forward John Collins to spell top center Clint Capela, so Okongwu may not necessarily inherit all the minutes at the position when Capela rests during games.
Okongwu will have a 15-minute restriction against the Jazz on Friday, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Okongwu will be making his season debut Friday after dealing with inflammation in his left foot over the first several weeks of the season. However, the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft will be limited to approximately 15 minutes in his first taste of game action Friday.
Okongwu (toe) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Jazz, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
Okongwu looks like he'll be available to make his season debut after missing the first several weeks of the season due to inflammation in his left foot. The 20-year-old rookie, who was the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft, will likely have his minutes ramped up slowly in a backup role.
Okongwu (toe) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Suns, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
The 20-year-old has been sidelined by inflammation in the sesamoid bone of his left foot to this point this season, but he's on track to make his professional debut Wednesday. Okongwu figures to be eased into a backup role at center given the extended absence.
General manager Travis Schlenk said Tuesday that Okongwu (toe) is on track to make his Atlanta debut later in the week, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports.
The No. 6 overall pick's NBA career has gotten off to a delayed start while he continues to recover from inflammation in the sesamoid bone of his left foot, an injury that he sustained while working out prior to the draft. Reading between the lines of Schlenk's comments, Okongwu can probably be ruled out for Wednesday's game in Phoenix, but the rookie big man could gain clearance to play Friday in Utah and/or Saturday in Portland. Okongwu will presumably fill a small role in Atlanta's rotation early on, likely working as the primary backup to starting center Clint Capela.
Okongwu (toe) is out Saturday against the Hornets, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
Okongwu has yet to make his NBA debut. His next chance to do so arrives Monday against the 76ers.
Okongwu (toe) took part in 5-on-5 work during Friday's practice, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
The 20-year-old hasn't played yet this season due to the broken toe, but his participation in 5-on-5 work indicates he could be close to his season debut. It's unknown if Okongwu will have a chance to play Saturday at Charlotte.
Okongwu (toe) won't play Monday against the Knicks, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
Okongwu will miss yet another game due to a broken toe. It's not yet clear when he'll return.
Okongwu (toe) is out Saturday against the Cavaliers, Brad Rowland of Locked on Hawks reports.
The rookie continues to deal with a broken toe and it's not clear when he'll be able to debut.
Okongwu (toe) remains out Friday against the Nets, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The rookie has yet to make his NBA debut due to a broken toe. He remains day-to-day.
Okongwu (toe) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 20-year-old will be sidelined for the fourth straight game to begin the season. Starter Clint Capela (Achilles), Bruno Fernando and John Collins should handle the reps at center with Okongwu still unavailable.
Okongwu (toe) won't play Monday against the Pistons.
Okongwu is slated to be re-evaluated soon as he recovers from inflammation in the sesamoid bone of his left foot, but he'll be unable to suit up against Detroit. However, fellow center Clint Capela (Achilles) is probable for the contest and could make his season debut Monday.
Okongwu (toe) will be re-evaluated Dec. 28.
The rookie is set to miss the first two games of the regular season, with his re-evaluation date on the Hawks' third game of the year. While he sits out, John Collins and Bruno Fernando should see the vast majority of reserve center minutes.
Okongwu (toe) remains limited in training camp, though he was able to participate in a light practice Friday, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports. He remains out for Saturday's preseason finale against the Grizzlies.
The rookie is still working through his recovery and will be out Friday, though a debut in the first game of the regular season Wednesday against the Bulls hasn't been ruled out.
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