2013 NBA Preseason: Memphis Grizzlies vs Atlanta Hawks Game Thread

Game Preview

The Hawks host their second game of the preseason as the Memphis Grizzlies make the trip to Atlanta for an afternoon matchup today at 3:00 p.m.

The Hawks split their first two exhibition games of the season, which happened to be a back-to-back set, losing to the Heat in Miami 92-87 and beating the Bobcats in Asheville 87-85 the following night. The game against Charlotte was a thriller, and ended with rookie point guard Dennis Schroder getting the game-winning floater to fall with 2.1 seconds left. The loss to Miami wasn’t close until the fourth quarter. Atlanta trailed 49-30 at halftime and was down 22 points with under 10 minutes remaining in the game before mounting a furious comeback in which Schroder capped off a 26-6 run to cut the deficit to 89-87 with 24.9 seconds left. However, the Hawks couldn’t manage to tie the score and the Heat sealed the game from the foul line. Atlanta lost again a few days ago in Biloxi, Mississippi when they got pounded by the Pelicans 105-73. They followed up that loss with another defeat, dropping their preseason home opener to the San Antonio Spurs 106-104 Thursday night.

As has been the case so far this preseason for Atlanta, Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), John Jenkins (back spams), and Lou Williams (ACL rehab) are not expected to play.

Ayon got injured in the first quarter of the Hawks’ preseason opener against the Heat in Miami. He had an MRI exam the next day after returning to Atlanta and it revealed he had inflammation and a rotator cuff strain. Jenkins also had an MRI exam the same day on his lower back, but thankfully it came back negative. He didn’t travel with the team to their last game and is still listed day-to-day. There is hope that Jenkins will play either Tuesday or Wednesday. Williams continues to rehab his left ACL injury and take part in non-contract drills, however it’s already known he’ll miss the first month of the regular season, at least.

Memphis started off the preseason on a slow note, losing their first two games against Chicago and Dallas. However, they’ve since rebounded nicely and have put together a three-game winning streak with victories over Maccabi Haifa, Milwaukee and Orlando, respectively. Newest Grizzly Mike Miller went off last game against the Magic, posting his first double-double of the preseason with 19 points and 11 rebounds.


Projected Starters

Hawks — Teague / Korver / Carroll / Millsap / Horford

Grizzlies — Conley / Allen / Miller / Randolph / Gasol


Injury Report

Hawks — John Jenkins (back spasms), Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), Lou Williams (ACL rehab)

Grizzlies — None


How to Watch

Unfortunately, this game won’t be broadcast on local Atlanta television or radio. However, if you live in the Memphis area, you can listen to the action on 92.9 FM ESPN.


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