UPDATE – Al Horford is inactive for Atlanta Hawks. Jameer Nelson is inactive for Orlando Magic.
The short-handed Atlanta Hawks return home after a four-game road trip and look to sweep the season series over Southeast Divisional foe Orlando Magic on Saturday.
Atlanta has some wounded birds as it was reported earlier today that Zaza Pachulia will miss the rest of the season due to surgery needed on a sore right Achilles.
Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Al Horford (stomach illness) were both game-time decisions yesterday, but neither took the court. Harris suited up for action but coach Larry Drew didn’t give him any minutes. He’s now missed the previous three games. Horford was inactive yesterday and the same goes for today.
Rookie John Jenkins had to leave Friday’s game in Boston after suffering a concussion in the first half. He didn’t return to the game after running into a pick set by Paul Pierce and is out for Saturday’s showdown.
DeShawn Stevenson most likely will not play Saturday as well, as he usually rests on the second day of back-to-backs due to of sore knees.
Orlando is missing key players too.
Point guard Jameer Nelson left in the first quarter of Friday’s home game against the Washington Wizards after spraining his ankle. He did not return.
Double-double machine Nikola Vucevic is questionable with a mild concussion, and veterans Glen Davis (fractured left foot) and Arron Afflalo (strained right hamstring) are out.
The Hawks lead the Magic 3-0 this season and look to sweep the series in the fourth and final game tonight.
They won the first matchup in Atlanta 81-72 on Nov. 12, and the next two meetings in Orlando 86-80 on Dec. 12, and 108-76 on Feb. 13, respectively.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Orlando Magic
What?: Southeast Divisional Showdown (Game #74, Home Game #36)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Saturday, March 30, 2013 – 7:00 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Johan Petro
PG: Beno Udrih | SG: DeQuan Jones | SF: Maurice Harkless | PF: Tobias Harris | C: Kyle O’Quinn
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Devin Harris (sore left foot) is questionable. Al Horford (stomach illness), DeShawn Stevenson (sore knees), John Jenkins (mild concussion), Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and Lou Williams (torn ACL, right knee) are out.
Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson (sprained right ankle), Nikola Vucevic (mild concussion), Glen Davis (fractured left foot) and Arron Afflalo (strained right hamstring) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (40-33) … Orlando Magic (19-54)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Orlando Magic –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Lost 6
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (22-13) at home … Magic are (8-27) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold.
Orlando Magic: Cold.
Season/Past Season Series
The Magic come to Philips Arena for the second time this year in the fourth-and-final matchup with the Hawks. Atlanta boasts a 3-0 record against Orlando this season, including an 81-72 home victory on 11/19. The Hawks also posted road wins on 12/12 (86-80) and 2/13 (108-76). Al Horford is averaging 18.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in three games versus the Magic. Atlanta currently owns a nine-game winning streak against Orlando, including five-in-a-row at Philips Arena. The Magic’s last win in the series was a 93-89 home decision on 11/8/10, while their last victory at Philips Arena came on 11/26/09 (93-76). The Hawks lead the all-time series 46-45, including a 29-15 advantage at home.
LAST MEETING — HAWKS 108, MAGIC 76 — AMWAY CENTER (ORLANDO, FL) – 2/13/13
Atlanta jumped all over Orlando from the beginning and never looked back, posting a 108-76 road win. The Hawks led by six after one but went on a 28-9 run in the second quarter helping them to a 57-36 advantage at the break. Atlanta was never threatened in the second half, leading by as-many-as-38, and cruised to the victory. Josh Smith led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford tallied 26 points and 12 boards. Jeff Teague chipped-in with 11 of Atlanta’s 32 assists (against nine turnovers). Jameer Nelson and Andrew Nicholson paced Orlando with 10 points apiece. The Hawks grabbed a season-high 54 rebounds to the Magic’s 41, and outscored their hosts 18-8 in second chance points and 14-4 in fast break points.
Zaza Pachulia spent his rookie season (2003-04) with Orlando, where DeShawn Stevenson also played part of that year (Stevenson played in Orlando through 2005-06). Bob Weiss is a former Magic assistant coach. Al Horford attended the University of Florida. Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn had two separate stints in a Hawks uniform, playing all 82 games in 2001-02 and 72 contests in 2003-04. Al Harrington played for the Hawks from 2004-06, appearing in 142 games (18.1 ppg). Johan Petro and Arron Afflalo were teammates in Denver in 2009-10. Lou Williams and Nikola Vucevic teamed-up in Philadelphia during the 2011-12 campaign.
Information was used from the Hawks and Magic official gamenotes