The postponement of the Hawks’ game at Washington on Saturday might eventually force them to play on three straight nights but they might have caught a break in the short term.
As it turns out, Joe Johnson likely wouldn’t have made the trip to D.C. Saturday due to flu-like symptoms. Also, Zaza Pachulia’s nagging left hip injury is flaring up.
“It could be a blessing in disguise,” Woody said of the postponement due to snowstorms in the D.C. region.
Pachulia sat out practice today and Johnson stayed home. Both players are questionable to play Tuesday at Memphis.
Woody said J.J. would be reevaluated on Monday. He said if Johnson doesn’t travel with the team to Memphis on Monday he could join the Hawks on Tuesday.
“We’ll have to gauge it when he comes in (Monday),” he said. “It’s going to be up to him what he wants to do.”
Zaza is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
“My gut tells me he won’t make the trip,” Woody said.
Zaza said doctors haven’t been able to pin down the problem other than to say it’s possibly tendinitis. He said the pain is just above the hip area.
“I don’t know how it started,” he said. “It’s on and off. It’s started ‘on’ again. I just hope it’s nothing serious.”
The league hasn’t yet said when the postponed game will be rescheduled. But looking at the teams’ schedules, and taking into account the Wizards share the Verizon Center with the NHL’s Capitals and Georgetown University, it’s hard to see how the Hawks can make up the game without playing on three consecutive nights.
That’s what happened in 1996, when a rescheduled game due to postponement forced the Hawks to play on April 4, April 5 and April 6.
Either way, Woody said the league made the right choice to postpone Saturday’s game.
“It’s a mess,” he said. “Trying to travel and play under those conditions would have been tough.”