The Atlanta Hawks wrap up a three-game homestand Friday against the Sacramento Kings, and one of the NBA's youngest teams is about to hit a brutal part of its schedule while missing one of its biggest stars. The Hawks have split two games since forward John Collins was suspended 25 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy, but following Friday play nine of their next 12 games away from home, starting with a five-game road trip Sunday at Portland.
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The Hawks had no answer for Chicago on Wednesday in a 113-93 loss, committing 24 turnovers and giving up 13 3-pointers to fall below .500 on the season, leaving coach Lloyd Pierce struggling to find positives, as he told reporters postgame, "The only positive from this game: It's over." The Kings have won two of their past three following an 0-5 start to the season, and after trailing by 13 points Wednesday at defending champion Toronto rallied to within three points in the fourth quarter before falling 124-120. It spoiled a stellar shooting night from long range for Sacramento, which made a franchise record-tying 20 3-pointers. "I'm happy for the direction we're moving," Kings coach Luke Walton told the media postgame. "It's a tough place to play, it's the NBA champs, and they were making a lot of shots (Wednesday)."
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ABOUT THE KINGS (2-6): Sacramento continues receiving good offensive production from the backcourt tandem of De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, who combined are averaging 36 points and 8.3 rebounds. Fox has averaged 22 points and Hield has scored 20.3 points across the past three games, and on the season Fox is averaging 6.6 assists. Forward Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and hit four 3-pointers in the loss to Toronto, raising his long-range shooting to 36.4 percent for the season.
ABOUT THE HAWKS (3-4): One day after learning Collins (17 points, 8.8 rebounds) would be out until late December and then rallying for a 108-100 victory over San Antonio, Atlanta gave up a 28-6 run in the first quarter against the Bulls and trailed by double figures the rest of the way. Guard Trae Young finished with just nine points with three assists while shooting 0-for-8 from 3-point range, as the Hawks hit a season-low six shots from beyond the arc. Young entered Thursday ranked 16th in the NBA in scoring (24.2 points) and ninth in assists (7.5).
1. The Kings trailed at halftime Wednesday for just the second time in eight games this season.
2. Atlanta rookie G Cam Reddish and F DeAndre Hunter combined to shoot 2-for-15 against Chicago.
3. Sacramento averaged 140.5 points per game in sweeping last season's two-game series from Atlanta, and the Kings have won their past three meetings with the Hawks.
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- PersonalProb Wed | probable
Carter has sat out the past five games due to personal reasons, but it is likely that he will rejoin the team Wednesday against the Bucks.
- ShoulderQues Wed | questionable
Parker has pain in his right shoulder, and it is unclear if he will play against the Bucks on Wednesday.
- AchillesQues Wed | questionable
Turner is dealing with left Achilles pain, and it is unknown if he will suit up Wednesday versus the Bucks.
- ShoulderLate Dec | out
Huerter is expected to be out of action for four to five weeks due to a rotator cuff strain in his left shoulder.
- AchillesProb Sun | probable
Turner is expected to suit up against the Lakers on Sunday despite an Achilles pain.
- AchillesProb Sat | probable
Turner has been out of commission due to left Achilles pain, but it is likely that he will return to action against the Clippers on Saturday.
- KneeProb Sat | probable
Parsons is sidelined with injuries to his knees, but will likely make his season debut Saturday versus the Clippers.
- KneeProb Thurs | probable
Crabbe is recovering from arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, but he is projected to make his season debut Thursday versus the Suns.
- GroinProb Tues | probable
Ariza has a sore right groin but is expected to suit up against the Suns on Tuesday.
- AnkleProb Tues | probable
Swanigan has sat out the past two games with a sprained left ankle, but he is likely to play Tuesday against the Suns.
- GroinProb Sun | probable
Ariza missed the previous game due to sore right groin, but he is expected to suit up Sunday versus the Celtics.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Dedmon is suffering from a sprained right knee, but is expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Celtics.
- Kneeday-to-day | probable
Dedmon has a right knee sprain, but it is likely that he take the court against the Lakers on Friday.
- KneeProb Tues | probable
Dedmon is likely to suit up against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday despite a right knee sprain.
- KneeProb Fri | probable
Giles is sidelined with a sore left knee, but he is expected to make his season debut Friday against the Hawks.
- KneeProb Fri | probable
Dedmon has a sprained right knee, but will likely suit up against the Hawks on Friday.