Thunder vs Hawks: Game Thread - Ayon "Doubtful" Against OKC

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The Atlanta Hawks will likely be short-handed tonight at home as backup big man Gustavo Ayon is listed as “doubtful” to play against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ayon’s injury occurred in the final minute of Friday’s home win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers after he was involved in a collision under the Cavs’ basket and limped off the court. Shortly after, Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reported Ayon suffered a left ankle sprain and a leg contusion.

Ayon was present and dressed at yesterday’s team practice, but did not participate. He will be re-evaluated prior to tip-off.


Quick Facts

Who?: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Atlanta Hawks

What?: East vs West Showdown (Game #22 Home Game #11)

Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)

When?: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 7:30 PM (ET)

How?: SportSouth HDTV / 92.9 FM “The Game”


Probable Starters

Atlanta Hawks: 

PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Al Horford

Oklahoma City Thunder:

PG: Russell Westbrook | SG: Thabo Sefolosha | SF: Kevin Durant | PF: Serge Ibaka | C: Kendrick Perkins


Injury Report 

Atlanta Hawks: Gustavo Ayon (left ankle sprain/left leg contusion) is doubtful

Oklahoma City Thunder: None.


Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold Records

Oklahoma City Thunder (15-4) / Atlanta Hawks (11-10)

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 2 | HOME: Won 3 | ROAD: Lost 3                             Oklahoma City Thunder –> OVERALL: Won 2 | HOME: Won 10 | ROAD: Won 1

Home/Away Records: Hawks are (7-3) at home / Thunder are (5-4) on the road.

Atlanta Hawks: Hot. The Hawks have won three consecutive home games while averaging 101 points per game during the streak.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Hot. The Thunder have won two in a row and 9-of-10 overall with their only loss coming against the streaking Trail Blazers in Portland last Wednesday.


Season/Past Season Series

The Thunder come to Philips Arena for the only time this year in the first-of-two games with the Hawks. Atlanta visits Oklahoma City on 1/27 to finish the season series. The teams split two games last year, each winning on the road. The Thunder took the last matchup, 100-92, on 12/19/12. The Hawks lead the all-time series 63-59, including a 38-24 home mark.


Common Threads

Hawks Assistant Coach Jim Thomas is a former Scout for Oklahoma City. Elton Brand and Jared Cunningham were teammates with Derek Fisher in Dallas for part of 2012-13, while Paul Millsap teamed-up with him for Utah in 2006-07. Assistant Coach Darvin Ham coached Fisher for part of 2011-12 as an Assistant with the Lakers. Thunder TV analyst Grant Long played three seasons with Atlanta (1994-96, 1998-99).

Information provided from the Hawks and Thunder official gamenotes.


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