Atlanta Hawks' Mike Scott (32) shoots over San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw (33), of France, and Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 101-99. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Hawks vs Spurs: Game Thread

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UPDATE: Spurs F/C Tim Duncan will not play. Boris Diaw will start at center with Tiago Splitter at the power forward position, alongside Kawhi Leonard (SF), Danny Green (SG) and Tony Parker (PG).

Hawks combo guard Lou Williams will miss the rest of the season after a pre-game X-ray showed he has a torn ACL in his right knee. Williams suffered the injury in the second quarter of Friday’s matchup against the Nets in Brooklyn.

Al Horford will start for Atlanta at center. Zaza Pachulia (PF) will make his second straight start, alongside Josh Smith (SF), Kyle Korver (SG) and Jeff Teague (PG).

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The Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs square off for the first time this season and coincidentally both teams will be with out key players tonight.

San Antonio’s international superstar Manu Ginobili is definitely out with a left hamstring strain and Atlanta has three players who are game-time decisions.

Hawks all-star center Al Horford suited up last night against the hosting Brooklyn Nets but was sidelined with a sore hamstring/calf and did not play. Wingmen Anthony Tolliver and DeShawn Stevenson were also inactive; they didn’t even travel with the team to Brooklyn.

Atlanta will definitely be without sixth man of the year candidate Lou Williams, who suffered a right knee sprain in the second quarter of last night’s game against the Nets.

Check back later for updates.

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Quick Facts

Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs

What?: East Coast vs West Coast Showdown (Game #40, Home Game #20)

Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)

When?: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 – 7:00 PM (ET)

How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM

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Projected Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks: 

PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: Josh Smith | PF: Zaza Pachulia | C: Al Horford

 

San Antonio Spurs:

PG: Tony Parker | SG: Danny Green | SF: Kawhi Leonard | PF: Tiago Splitter | C: Boris Diaw

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Injury/Inactive Players Report

Atlanta Hawks: Al Horford (sore hamstring/calf), Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) and DeShawn Stevenson (right knee) are game-time decisions. Lou Williams (right knee sprain) is out.

San Antonio Spurs: Manu Ginobili (left hamstring strain) is out.

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Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold

Records: Atlanta Hawks (22-17) … San Antonio Spurs (31-11)

Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Lost 6 … San Antonio Spurs –> OVERALL: Won 3 / HOME: Won 14 / ROAD: Lost 3

Home/Away Records: Hawks are (13-6) at home … Spurs are (13-9) on the road.

Atlanta Hawks: Cold. Atlanta has lost 7-of-10 games overall since January 1.

San Antonio Spurs: Hot. Spurs have won three straight and 7-of-10 overall.

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Season/Past Season Series

The Spurs come to Philips Arena for the only time this year in the first-of-two games against the Hawks. Atlanta visits San Antonio on 4/6 to end the season series. The Spurs have taken three straight games against the Hawks, including the last meeting at Philips Arena – 105-83 on 1/25/12. Atlanta’s last win in the series was a 119-114 (OT) home triumph on 3/21/10. San Antonio leads the all-time series 43-36, with the Hawks holding a 24-15 advantage in home games.

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Common Threads

Danny Ferry played (2000-03) and worked in the front office (2003-05, 2010-12) with the Spurs. Ivan Johnson is a San Antonio-native (Fox Tech HS). Nick Van Exel suited up with the Spurs in 2005-06, his final NBA season. Anthony Tolliver played 19 games for San Antonio in 2008-09. Hawks assistant Bob Weiss served as head coach of the Spurs for two years (1986-87). Boris Diaw was Atlanta’s first round pick in the 2003 NBA Draft and played two seasons for the Hawks (2003-05). Stephen Jackson was a Hawk in 2003-04, averaging 18.1 ppg.

 

Information was used from the Hawks and Spurs official gamenotes

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