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Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


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."

BUZZER BEATERS

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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Last Injuries

Atlanta Hawks

  • Allen Crabbe

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Crabbe was recently acquired via trade and is ailing from an illness, and it is unclear if he will make his team debut against the Nuggets on Monday.

  • Chandler Parsons

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | out

    Parsons has entered the league-mandated concussion protocol and is also dealing with whiplash. There is no timetable for return.

  • Alex Len

    Back
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Len has missed the last three games with lower-back pain, and it is unknown if he will participate in Monday's battle versus the Raptors.

  • Cam Reddish

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Reddish is expected to face the Pistons on Saturday despite a right ankle sprain.

  • Bruno Fernando

    Personal
    Prob Fri | probable

    Fernando has missed the last three games due to a personal matter, but he is likely to rejoin the lineup against the Spurs on Friday.

  • Evan Turner

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | out

    Turner is sidelined with a right hamstring strain, and it is unclear when he will return to the lineup.

  • Trae Young

    Hamstring
    Prob Tues | probable

    Young missed the last game due to left hamstring soreness, but it is projected that he will return against the Suns on Tuesday.

  • Alex Len

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Len is battling a right knee strain, but it is expected he will be available for Sunday's contest against the Nets.

Phoenix Suns

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.

    Concussion
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Oubre Jr. has been held out of the last two games due to a concussion, and it is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Monday's clash against the Spurs.

  • Cameron Johnson

    Quadricep
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Johnson sat out the previous game due to a bruised quadriceps, and it is unknown if he will be available to play Monday against the Spurs.

  • Ricky Rubio

    Personal
    Prob 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.