Josh Smith and Al Horford look to bounce back from Wednesday’s falter, as the Atlanta Hawks wrap up their four-game homestand against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday.
Carmelo Anthony came into town two days ago and dropped 40 points as the New York Knicks knocked off the Hawks 95-82.
Smith and Horford, one of the best frontcourt duos in the NBA, really struggled against a physical Knickerbocker trio featuring Melo, Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler.
Smith finished with 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting, and was absolutely terrible from the foul-line, missing all seven attempts. Horford only managed nine points, snapping his streak of 32 straight games scoring in double-figures. It was just the sixth time all season he tallied nine points or less in a game.
Kyle Korver was the lone offensive threat for Atlanta as the sharp-shooter drained six 3-pointers. He made wing defender Iman Shumpert look like a dog chasing his tail the way Shump hopelessly ran in circles trying to keep up with Korver who continuously ziged and zagged through screens around the court.
The Hawks were without Devin Harris, John Jenkins and Zaza Pachulia Wednesday and will be tonight as well.
Harris did not participate in shootaround today and is still recovering from a platelet-rich plasma injection he received in his toe Wednesday, according to AJC Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore. He’ll likely rest a couple more games and return next week.
Jenkins still has not cleared the NBA’s protocol system for concussions after sustaining a mild one against Boston last week, but was able to take part in shootaround today. He told the AJC he will be ready for Saturday’s game in San Antonio.
Pachulia had season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair an Achilles tendon. He will be out at least months and could possibly be on another team next year because he”s set to hit the market in July as an unrestricted free agent.
Vivlamore added Ivan Johnson was also not at shootaround today for personal reasons. His status for the game is unknown.