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Hawks' Alex Poythress: Ruled out Wednesday
Poythress (ankle) is out Wednesday against the Raptors, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Poythress will miss a second straight game Wednesday while recovering from a bruised left ankle. His next chance to return arrives Friday against the Celtics.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Alex Len: Probable with back soreness
Len is probable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors due to back soreness, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Len is nursing a sore back, which may have prompted coach Lloyd Pierce to start Dedmon over Len on Wednesday. While he's still expected to play, Len's minutes could be limited as a result of his soreness.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Omari Spellman: Ruled out Wednesday
Spellman (hip) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against Toronto, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Spellman was initially deemed doubtful, but he's now been downgraded and will be held out entirely as he nurses a bruised hip. The Hawks will start John Collins at power forward Wednesday, and he'll likely hold onto that designation going forward.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Omari Spellman: Doubtful, won't start Wednesday
Spellman (hip), who is doubtful, won't start Wednesday against the Raptors, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Coach Lloyd Pierce will start sophomore John Collins at power forward Wednesday, which may have occurred regardless of Spellman's status. More information on Spellman's availability should arrive as the team goes through activities leading up to tipoff.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Alex Len: Coming off bench Wednesday
Len will come off the bench Wednesday against the Raptors, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Coach Lloyd Pierce will opt to have the veteran Dewayne Dedmon go up against the Raptors' starting frontcourt. Len coming off the bench makes him a risky DFS option, as he's had a fluctuating workload throughout the season. Aside from his season-low eight minutes Nov. 9 against the Pistons, Len has seen at least 13 minutes in every game and is averaging 20.5 minutes this month.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Dewayne Dedmon: Starting Wednesday
Dedmon will start Wednesday against the Raptors, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Coach Lloyd Pierce will opt to give Dedmon the opportunity to face the Raptors' starting five over Alex Len. Dedmon has played two games since returning from a three-game absence due to personal reasons. Over the past two, he's totaled 25 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one assist in 47 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' John Collins: Enters starting five
Collins will start Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Collins has played two contests since his 15-game absence to start the season due to an ankle injury. In 33 minutes, he's racked up 30 points, six assists, five rebounds and a block. Coach Lloyd Pierce may still ease Collins into a bigger workload, but Collins starting appears to be a signal that he's feeling healthy.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Alex Poythress: Unlikely to play Wednesday
Poythress (ankle) is considered doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Poythress is still nursing a bruised left ankle and it looks like it will cost him a second straight game. With Omari Spellman (hip) also doubtful, the Hawks will be very light on frontcourt players, which likely means more minutes for DeAndre' Bembry with John Collins still on a minutes restriction.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Omari Spellman: Doubtful for Wednesday
Spellman (hip) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Spellman was forced to leave Monday's game against the Clippers after suffering a right hip contusion and did not return. With Spellman slated to miss Wednesday's game and John Collins still on a minutes restriction, the Hawks will be fairly light on frontcourt depth, which will likely mean more minutes for DeAndre' Bembry.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Trae Young: Dishes out 17 assists in loss
Young produced 25 points (8-22 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 17 assists and three rebounds in 36 minutes Monday against the Clippers.
Young exploded for his sixth double-double of the season after failing to crack double-digits in his past three games. Despite the recent struggles, the rookie is providing excellent counting stats -- 16.3 points, 7.8 assists 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 threes per game -- albeit with inefficient splits of 39.4 percent from the field, 24.2 percent from three and 81.0 percent from the line on the season. If owners can tolerate his poor field goal percentage and lack of defensive stats, Young is a high upside rookie who has the potential to record massive performances such as the one on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' John Collins: Strong contributions in loss
Collins accrued 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists and three rebounds in 20 minutes during Monday's loss to the Clippers.
Collins was phenomenal in his limited court time Monday, making 5-of-8 shots from the floor and tying a career-high assist total. In his second game back from an ankle injury Collins appeared fully healthy, throwing down several dunks and running the floor in transition. The distribution numbers and Collins' two three-pointers are positive signs of improvement for the young big man, who will seek to elevate his game in his second year. It is unknown how long Collins will continue to play with a minutes restriction, but once the Hawks' determine he is ready to go, he should enter the starting lineup and take on a hefty role.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Taurean Prince: Scores 21 in return
Prince scored 21 points (8-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), grabbed four rebounds and recorded two steals in 32 minutes Monday against the Clippers.
It was good to see Prince play 32 minutes and put up healthy scoring numbers in his return from a two-game absence due to achilles pain. After a run of failing to crack double digits in 4-of-6 games, Prince has put up twenty or more points in three straight. The reintegration of John Collins into the lineup is worth monitoring as it will likely relieve some defensive pressure from Prince but may also reduce his touches. That said, Prince is having a strong year, as he is producing a career-high 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 threes and 1.2 steals per game.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Alex Len: Double-double in loss
Len Posted 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes Monday against the Clippers.
Len has had an up-and-down season and despite producing when given the opportunity, has had his minutes fluctuate throughout the year. The reintroduction of John Collins will surely effect Len's playing time although exactly how everything shakes out has yet to be determined. Despite his inconsistent run, Len is averaging a career-high 10.0 points to go along with 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 block per game and is could be considered in deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Omari Spellman: Will not return Monday
Spellman suffered a right hip contusion in Monday's game against the Clippers will not return, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The severity of Spellman's injury is unknown at this time and more information should come out after Monday's game. His next opportunity to play would be Wednesday against the Raptors. Prior to suffering the injury, Spellman collected seven points and a rebound in fourteen minutes.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Taurean Prince: Confirmed starter Monday
Prince (Achilles) will start Monday's game against the Clippers, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
Prince was initially listed as doubtful, then bumped up to probable, and now he's been confirmed as the starter at small forward. The Baylor product will return from a two-game absence and he's not expected to face a minutes restriction. Prior to the injury, Prince scored 23 and 22 points in back-to-back games against the Lakers and Warriors.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Alex Poythress: Officially out Monday
Poythress (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Clippers.
As expected, Poythress will miss Monday's contest after injuring his ankle during Saturday's game against the Pacers. Omari Spellman and John Collins -- who will be on a minutes restriction -- figure to benefit most with Poythress out. With Collins nearing a return to full health, Poythress could fall out of the rotation when healthy.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Taurean Prince: Upgraded to probable Monday
Prince (Achilles) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Clippers.
Prince was originally listed as doubtful for Monday's game, but it sounds like he's trending towards a return after getting through morning shootaround with no issues. Assuming he plays, Prince's return would likely cut into the playing time of DeAndre' Bembry and Kevin Huerter.... See More ... See Less
Hawks' Justin Anderson: Will play on minutes restriction
Anderson (leg) will be on a minutes restriction Monday against the Clippers, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Anderson is set to make his season debut after missing the first 16 games of the season due to tibial stress syndrome. He's expected to play around 12 minutes in his first game back. When fully healthy, Anderson is expected to be a rotational player.... See More ... See Less