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Hawks vs Thunder: Game Thread - KD Rolling, Teague Out Again

Game Preview

The depleted Atlanta Hawks stroll into a thunderstorm tonight in Oklahoma City as Kevin Durant is in the midst of his most dominate streak of his young career.

KD has scored 30 or more points in 10 straight games, dropped a career-high 54 points last week against the Warriors, and most recently messed around and got a triple-double on Saturday in Philadelphia. He’s also helped the Thunder achieve a seven-game winning-streak, the team’s third longest streak of the season.

The Hawks, on the other hand, have just been trying to tread water with the rash of injuries to the team as of late Al Horford has already been lost for the season, replacement center Pero Antic suffered a stress fracture last week and was said to be sidelined foe the following 2-4 weeks, backup shooting guard John Jenkins hasn’t played since December 26 because of nerve pain in his legs, and now Jeff Teague has missed two straight games (including tonight) with a sprained left ankle.

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Quick Facts

Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder

What?: East vs West Showdown (Game #44, Away Game #22)

Where?: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

When?: Monday, January 27 – 8:00 PM (ET)

How?: SportSouth HD TV

 

Probable Starters

Atlanta Hawks: 

PG: Shelvin Mack | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Gustavo Ayon

Oklahoma City Thunder:

PG: Reggie Jackson | SG: Thabo Sefolosha | SF: Kevin Durant | PF: Serge Ibaka | C: Kendrick Perkins

 

Injury Report

Atlanta Hawks: Pero Antic (stress fracture, right ankle), Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery) and John Jenkins (low back pain) are out.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook (right knee surgery) is out.

 

Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold

Records: Atlanta Hawks (23-20) / Oklahoma City Thunder (35-10)

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 2                             Oklahoma City Thunder –> OVERALL: Won 7 | HOME: Won 5 | ROAD: Won 4

Home/Away Records: Thunder are (19-3) at home / Hawks are (8-13) on the road.

Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks have won two straight road games, beating the Magic and Bucks, and won three of their last four overall.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Hot. KD is on the most dominate stretch of his young career. He has scored 30+ points in 10 consecutive games, dropped a career-high 54 points last week against the Warriors, and posted a triple-double on Saturday against Philadelphia. The Thunder have been playing well as a team also, and are currently riding a seven-game winning-streak.

 

Series Notes/Past Series Notes

The Hawks travel to Oklahoma City for the only time in the second-and-final game between the clubs this year. The Thunder prevailed 101-92 at Philips Arena on 12/10, led by Kevin Durant’s 30 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. The Thunder own a two-game winning streak in the series, but the Hawks took the last game in Oklahoma City 104-95 on 11/4/12. The Hawks lead the all-time series 63-60 (24-35 on the road).

LAST MEETING — THUNDER 101, HAWKS 92 — ATLANTA, GA (12/10/13)

The Hawks travel to Oklahoma City for the only time in the second-and-final game between the clubs this year. The Thunder prevailed 101-92 at Philips Arena on 12/10, led by Kevin Durant’s 30 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. The Thunder own a two-game winning streak in the series, but the Hawks took the last game in Oklahoma City 104-95 on 11/4/12. The Hawks lead the all-time series 63-60 (24-35 on the road).

 

Common Threads

Royal Ivey was a second round draft pick of Atlanta in 2004 and played three seasons with the Hawks (2004-07). 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 was used from the Hawks and Thunder official gamenotes

 

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