Vivlamore reporting from Hawks shoot-around Wednesday morning.
Just a couple of odds and ends to report before tonight’s game against the Pistons.
Willie Green’s wife gave birth to a son just after 8 a.m. Tuesday in Atlanta. Mason Green weighed in at six pounds. Green reports that mother and child, the couple’s third, are healthy and doing well.
Green left before Friday’s game in Orlando to be with his expectant wife.
“It’s a blessing that you can’t take for granted, that mother and baby are healthy,” Green said following the team’s shoot-around Wednesday. “You get to enjoy them.”
There were several false alarm trips to the hospital before Baby Mason was finally delivered.
“I was thankful that I was here and the team was supportive,” Green said. “It’s a happy moment for our family.”
In other items:
* Zaza Pachulia is definitely out for tonight’s game with a foot injury. Jason Collins will start with no other lineup changes.
Hawks coach Larry Drew had no further update on Pachulia’s status, other than to call the center “day-to-day.”
“I saw him yesterday and he is walking better,” Drew said.
* There is also no further update on the status of Al Horford for the playoffs. Horford went through shoot-around Wednesday. I asked Drew if he thinking ahead of the possibility of getting the center back
“[After the surgery] they were telling us there was a 50-50 chance that we could get him back for the playoffs. To me, 50-50 means the chances of getting him back are very slim. So we went into it with the mindset that we won’t get him back.”
Obviously, Horford could still return for the playoffs but Drew wasn’t letting himself get that far down the road.
There are just a few items for now. I will report back later with a game thread. The subject: Is this team ready for the playoffs when they still have such completely opposite efforts like they did against the Raptors Sunday and Monday?