The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will both be short-handed in this afternoon’s matinee game across the pond in London.
The Hawks will be without starting small forward DeMarre Carroll, while the Nets will be down star point guard Deron Williams.
Carroll is staying back in the states due to the birth of his child. He and his fiancee welcomed a baby girl, Lailah Amari Carroll, into the world yesterday.
With DeMarre not available, the Hawks could start Lou Williams at shooting guard and slide the 6’7″ Kyle Korver to small forward. Or coach Mike Budenholzer could elect to start Mike Scott, or even the newly called up James Nunnally, at small forward and keep Korver at the 2-spot. It could go a few different ways.
For the Nets, Williams is still suffering from a sprained left ankle and will sit out for a fifth straight game. Shaun Livingston has been manning the starting role in D-Will’s absence and has been doing a solid job holding down the fort. He’ll continue to get the nod as the floor general as long as Deron is out.
Also, let’s not forget that both teams have each already lost their all-star center for the season — Al Horford for Atlanta and Brook Lopez for Brooklyn.
Check back later for when news of the starting lineups is announced.