The Atlanta Hawks were without star point guard Trae Young on Sunday, and the absence didn't help matters as the team dropped its fourth consecutive game. The Hawks hope to have Young back in the lineup when they host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
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Young is fourth in the NBA in scoring (28.9 points) and fifth in assists (8.4) and Atlanta shot 33 percent from the floor, including 12-of-48 from beyond the arc, without its leader in the 108-86 loss at Brooklyn on Sunday. "I thought the guys weren't really trying to make up for anything," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce told reporters. "We had an off night as a group. It was the wrong time to have an off night as a group, and obviously you'd love to have Trae out there because he's a shot maker, but I take nothing away from the guys and the shots they had. They just had an off night shooting it." The Suns found their form on the defensive end in wins over Orlando and Charlotte in the last two games, holding the two to an average of 93 points to come out with a 3-2 homestand. "Two games in a row we hold an opponent under 100 points, (that's) really hard to do in the NBA and a team that shoots that many threes," Phoenix coach Monty Williams told reporters. "... Sometimes the effort and will of our players trumps the scheme and those guys just made plays at the end and we just did enough to win the game and had a good homestand."
TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET. TV: FS Arizona, FS Southeast
ABOUT THE SUNS (16-23): Shooting guard Devin Booker leads the team in scoring at an average of 26.2 points but was held to 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting in Sunday's 100-92 victory over the Hornets. "There are nights like this," Booker told reporters. "There are 82 games in a season. I just try not to have me making or missing shots affect the rest of my game. That is what they teach you when you are young. It is kind of hard when you are in the moment to not get frustrated. That is how you let your team down." Booker handed out nine assists and gave up some shots to small forward Kelly Oubre Jr., who finished with 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting and 15 rebounds.
ABOUT THE HAWKS (8-32): Atlanta owns the worst record in the NBA and is using the season to develop talent around Young. Rookie small forward Cam Reddish stepped up without Young on Sunday and scored a team-high 20 points and went 4-of-8 from beyond the arc while adding a season-high five steals. "I feel like I was engaged, just locked in," Reddish, who is averaging 8.3 points on 32.5 percent shooting and 3.8 rebounds, told reporters. "That was just the result. Just trying to be energetic all over the floor."
1. Hawks PF John Collins slumped to a season-low eight points on 2-of-11 shooting on Sunday.
2. Oubre is averaging 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds over his last eight games.
3. Phoenix earned a 128-112 win over Atlanta at home on Nov. 14 despite 21 points and 13 assists from Young.
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- Upper Bodyout for season | out
Parsons is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering multiple severe injuries that include a concussion, whiplash and associated disc herniation.
- HipOut Sun | out
Len exited the last game with a right hip injury, and he will not face the Wizards on Sunday.
- ThighProb Fri | probable
Young was held out of the previous game due to a right thigh contusion, but it is projected that he will suit up Friday versus the Thunder.
- BackProb Fri | probable
Brown Jr. is expected to take part in Friday's contest against the Thunder despite lower-back pain.
- BackProb Fri | probable
Len is likely to be available against the Thunder on Friday despite pain in his lower back.
- ThroatEarly Feb | out
Parker had a procedure conducted to correct a right shoulder impingement and is expected to be out until at least the start of February.
- BackProb Wed | probable
Len has missed the last four games with lower-back pain, but he is likely to return Wednesday against the Clippers.
- IllnessProb Mon | probable
Crabbe was recently acquired via trade and is ailing from an illness, but it is expected that he will make his team debut against the Nuggets on Monday.
- QuadricepOut indefinitely | out
Johnson is sidelined due to a right quadriceps contusion, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.
- HipOut indefinitely | out
Baynes has been absent from the lineup due to a sore left hip, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.
- ConcussionProb Mon | probable
Oubre Jr. has been held out of the last two games due to a concussion, but he is expected to be cleared in time for Monday's clash against the Spurs.
- PersonalProb Thurs | probable
Rubio is away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their child. It is anticipated that he will be available against the Knicks on Thursday.
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