Josh (knee) is out. The starters are Hinrich, J.J., Marvin, Al and Twin.
Josh said he’s not sure how long he will sit but I’m thinking it could be more than one game if the Hawks clinch the five seed.
“We are just trying to get as much of the swelling out of it as we can and get it as strong as I can before the playoffs,” Josh said.
Keeping him out tonight appears to be the first lineup decision L.D. made with the long view in mind.
“With five games to go we want to try to get guys as healthy as we can going into the playoffs,” L.D. said. “I don’t think it’s a situation of if he really needed to play tonight, if this were the playoffs, he would probably play. But we have got to let the knee settle down and get him as healthy as we can going into the playoffs.”
The Hawks haven’t been nearly good or consistent enough to simply wind it down once they lock up the fifth seed. L.D. is playing the same health/rest/momentum balancing act as the Spurs and Magic, who also have had
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