Tonight the Atlanta Hawks are in Milwaukee to clash with old friends Larry Drew and Zaza Pachulia, it’s just too bad most of the old gang won’t be around for the game.
Al Horford and Jeff Teague are injured and didn’t make the trip to Milwaukee, while Josh Smith left Atlanta in the summer to sign with Detroit. Zaza Pachulia is inactive for the Bucks with a right foot fracture.
But at least Kyle Korver is still around and healthy for the reunion!
Drew was an assistant in Atlanta from 2004-2010, then became head coach of the Hawks from 2010-2013 after Mike Woodson was fired. Pachulia was with the team from 2005-2013 and was a fan favorite in Philips Arena.
Unfortunately for both of them, their first season away from Atlanta is a nightmare.
Under Drew’s tenure, the Bucks are the worst team in basketball with a record of 8-34. That’s right, the season is over 50% complete and Milwaukee has yet to hit double-digit wins. The second worst team in the NBA is the Magic at 12-32. Pachulia has also had a miserable year thus far as he just cannot stay healthy, frequently appearing on the injury report. He has only played in 17 of the team’s 42 games.
The Hawks and first-time head coach Mike Budenholzer, on the other hand, have been a pleasant surprise this season.
Atlanta currently sits 3rd behind Indiana and Miami in a weak Eastern Conference. However, the Hawks players have been dropping like flies as of late due to injuries.
Al Horford has already had season-ending surgery on his torn right pectoral muscle, while John Jenkins hasn’t played since December 26 because of nerve pain in his leg that could have stemmed from his back problems in the summer. Pero Antic recently went down with a stress fracture in his ankle and will be sidelined for the next 2-4 weeks. DeMarre Carroll was held out of Friday’s game against the Spurs because of a hamstring strain, and now Jeff Teague is nursing a sprained left ankle and has already been ruled out for the next two games.
Shelvin Mack will replace Teague as the starting point guard. Korver will start at SF and Lou Williams at SG if Carroll can’t go tonight. Gustavo Ayon will start at center.
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