Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.
All 19 players currently on the Hawks’ training camp roster will not dress when the team opens the exhibition season Sunday against the Heat.
Coach Larry Drew said the roster is too large to try to get all the players in the game. He declined to say which players might sit out, a determination that will be made by the coaching staff Saturday.
Those players who do not dress will work out Sunday morning.
“We’ll be looking at who has absorbed what we’ve put in,” Drew said. “Strategically, we’ll look at matchups and some of the combinations we want to put out on the floor [during the regular season].
* Friday morning the Hawks ran through a non-contact practice with full participation. The team will run a full-contact practice this evening and play a three-quarters scrimmage.
“I’m expecting some guys to get lost, especially in a game-type situation,” Drew said. “That is what training camp is all about.”
Again, I wasn’t allowed to watch much of practice other than free-throw shooting. Here is how the roster was divided for drill work. I wouldn’t read too much into it because it was for non-contact drills and some offense and defense implementation.
White: Williams, Stevenson, Morrow, Smith, Pachulia, Tolliver
Blue: Teague, Jenkins, Korver, Johnson, Horford, Johnson
Red: Harris, Anderson, James, Scott, Benson, Muhammad, Petro
* All three players who have been injured – Pachulia, Harris and Stevenson – participated in the non-contact work this morning. Pachulia went through half-court 5-on-5 contact drills Thursday.
I spoke to Pachulia and his issue is a left groin injury suffered just before leaving to play for the Georgia National Team this summer. He rested and played three games with the national team but pulled it again before the fourth game.
“It’s better,” Pachulia said. “Every day I’m making progress. … I came here and it was hurting. I talked to the trainers and we decided it was better to take it easy now and make sure I’m 100 percent ready for November.”
* I will post the Kyle Korver story later this afternoon.
- Chris Vivlamore
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