UPDATE — According to Vivalmore, “Johan Petro is en route from Miami. Still uncertain if he will arrive in time for Game 4.”
Atlanta Hawks center Johan Petro missed practice Sunday to be with his wife for the birth of their child but was not at shootaround Monday morning and is questionable for Game 4.
Petro went to his home in Miami to be with his wife, who was scheduled to deliver the child on Sunday. However, the Hawks have yet to hear from the Petro family, according to AJC Hawks beat writer Chris Vivalmore:
The Hawks did not have word on whether Johan Petro, who started Game 3, will be available tonight. The center was not at shootaround this morning and the team did not know if his expectant wife delivered their child. She was scheduled to be induced Sunday after Petro left the team to be with her in Miami.
Coach Larry Drew said he was undecided as to a starting lineup if Petro does not return.
“We came in this morning thinking he would be back,” Drew said. “We have to move forward as if he won’t be there. In doing that, we have looked at different scenarios. It will be a game-time decision as far as how I want to go.”
Petro made his first start of the playoffs in Game 3 on Saturday as Hawks coach Larry Drew decided to go with a bigger lineup to combat Indiana’s considerable size advantage. The move worked out well as Josh Smith got matched up with Paul George and created havoc for the league’s Most Improved Player, while Atlanta went on to pound the Pacers for a 90-69 home victory.
If Petro doesn’t return in time for the game, the Hawks could start Ivan Johnson at power forward that way Smith is free to go against George again. Another option would be to start Anthony Tolliver and let him try and guard George along with Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt, while Johnson stays in his usual role as energizer off the bench.
Check back soon for an update.