The Atlanta Hawks are back in Texas for another tough road game against the San Antonio Spurs. The game marks a special night for first-time head coach Mike Budenholzer as he gets his first chance to win a regular season game against the franchise he spent the last 19 seasons with. San Antonio will be no easy test for the Atlanta Hawks as the Spurs have only dropped one game at Home this season, which came at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The Hawks will be looking to break their losing streak in San Antonio with their last victory on the road against the Spurs dating back to February of 1997.
The Hawks received a well deserved day off on Sunday after seeing two straight back to back games last week. The Hawks stand at 9-9 on the year and currently hold the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference standings after falling to the Wizards, who now are only a half game behind the Hawks. Kyle Korver has missed the last three games and its still unknown whether or not he will return to the lineup tonight. If he still is unable to go, we will likely see Lou Williams or Cartier Martin take the starting spot on the wing. Lou Williams is still being held to limited minutes as he progresses through his return from the ACL injury he suffered back in January. Lou was absent from the lineup on Saturday, therefore its likely he will play tonight. Jeff Teague will be under the microscope as he matches up with All Star point guard Tony Parker, a player in which Jeff is often compared to and at times this season has certainly shown the capability of being as much of a force as Parker is for San Antonio. Jeff is coming off of a tough game against Washington, where he continued his shooting struggles as he was 5-18 with 15 points.
San Antonio is off to their usually winning ways this season, sitting at the top of the Western Conference standings at 14-3, currently tied with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs are coming off their first home loss of the year against Houston. The loss marked Tony Parker’s return to the lineup after he missed the road win against Orlando with an ankle injury. The Spurs have been tinkering with their roster lately as the team has been rumored to be signing Malcolm Thomas, a former teammate of Kawhi Leonard at San Diego State, who had spent the first part of the NBA D-League season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Its unknown if Malcolm with be active for the Spurs Monday night, however the signing has yet to be made official and, therefore its unlikely he will suit up tonight. The team also recently sent Nando De Colo and Aron Baynes to Austin, however both players were recalled this morning. Coach Popovich has also been adjusting his starting lineup recently, as Tiago Splitter moved into the starting front court spot alongside Tim Duncan. It’s likely Tiago will continue to start for San Antonio as Boris Diaw has excelled off the bench since his return from a rib contusion a little over a week ago.
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Coach Budenholzer will be receiving a warm welcome for the Spurs fans that make the trip to the AT&T Center and with these two teams of similar playing styles going head to head, it should be a spectacle to watch. Tipoff in San Antonio is set for 8:30 ET and can be seen locally on SportsSouth.
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