First-time head coach Mike Budenholzer takes his new Atlanta Hawks team on the road to his old stomping grounds in San Antonio to square off with the first-place Spurs tonight.
The Hawks will be without sharpshooter Kyle Korver for the fourth straight game, so will start combo guard Lou Williams at shooting guard.
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Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs
What?: Mike Budenholzer’s Return (Game #19, Road Game #11)
Where?: AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)
When?: Monday, December 2, 2013 – 8:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 92.9 FM “The Game”
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Lou Williams | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Al Horford
San Antonio Spurs:
PG: Tony Parker | SG: Danny Green | SF: Kawhi Leonard | PF: Tim Duncan | C: Tiago Splitter
Atlanta Hawks: Kyle Korver (rib contusion) is out.
San Antonio Spurs: Boris Diaw (dislocated left middle finger) is probable.
Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: San Antonio Spurs (14-3) / Atlanta Hawks (9-9)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Won 1 | ROAD: Lost 2 San Antonio Spurs –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 1
Home/Away Records: Spurs are (7-1) at home / Hawks are (4-6) on the road.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold.
San Antonio Spurs: Hot.
Season/Past Season Series
Atlanta visits San Antonio for the first-of-two games between the clubs this year. The Spurs come to Philips Arena on 1/24 to finish the season series. San Antonio currently owns a five-game winning streak against the Hawks and has taken 15 straight at home. Atlanta’s last win in the series was a 119-114 home overtime triumph on 3/21/10 and the last road victory came on 2/15/97 (109-89). The Spurs lead the all-time series 45-36, including a 29-12 record at home.
Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer spent the last 19 seasons as an Assistant Coach with San Antonio. Assistant Coaches Quin Snyder and Taylor Jenkins have both held the head coaching position for the Austin Toros, the Spurs’ NBA D-League affiliate, while Jenkins has also been an Assistant Coach for Austin and interned in San Antonio’s front office. Hawks President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Danny Ferry played (2000-03) and worked in the front office (2003-05, 2010-12) with the Spurs. Boris Diaw was Atlanta’s first round pick in the 2003 NBA Draft and played two seasons for the Hawks (2003-05). Gustavo Ayon and Marco Belinelli were teammates with New Orleans in 2011-12.
Information provided from the Hawks and Spurs official gamenotes.