The Atlanta Hawks continue their back-to-back preseason road trip and travel to Asheville, North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta goes into the game short-handed for the second straight night as they will be without the services of second-year sharpshooter John Jenkins (back spams), Lou Williams (ACL rehab), Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), and all-star center Al Horford (rest).
Ayon got injured in the first quarter of yesterday’s preseason opener against the Heat in Miami. He had an MRI exam earlier today after returning to Atlanta and it revealed he had inflammation and a rotator cuff strain. Jenkins also had an MRI exam today on his lower back, but thankfully it came back negative. He will be listed day-to-day.
The Hawks will likely switch the lineup tonight with Horford getting some rest and will start veteran center Elton Brand, who did not play in yesterday’s opener. The team will also likely play training camp invites David Lighthy, Royal Ivey and Damien Wilkins at some point in the game because they didn’t play last night.
Hawks — Teague / Korver / Carroll / Millsap / Brand
Bobcats — Walker / Henderson / Kidd-Gilchrist / Zeller / Jefferson
Hawks — Lou Williams (ACL rehab), John Jenkins (back spasms), Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), Al Horford (rest)
Bobcats — Brendan Haywood (sprained left foot)
MKG vs The Junkyard Dog
Bobcats second-year star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t shine too brightly last season, averaging only 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, and has a lot to prove this year. The former second overall draft pick will have his hands full tonight with the Hawks’ new defensive specialist DeMarre Carroll. The Junkyard Dog, as Carroll is referred to, will be hounding the 6’7” forward all night. He did a nice job last night limiting King James to just 6 points on 2-of-7 shooting in Atlanta’s preseason opener. Good luck MKG, you’re going to need it.
How to Watch
Tonight’s game will air on SportsSouth at 7:30 p.m. (ET). You can also listen to the action on the radio on 92.9 FM.