Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.
Coach Larry Drew said he still hasn’t decided which players will dress for Sunday’s exhibition opener against the Heat at Philips Arena. Game time is 2 p.m. There will be no television coverage (as with all preseason games) and no radio coverage. I believe the only radio coverage during the preseason will be the final two games – Oct. 20 vs. Dallas and Oct. 26 at Detroit.
Drew would also not disclose his starting lineup for the game. My guess would be that the lineup looks a lot like one of the practice groups from Saturday. The white group consisted of Jeff Teague (PG), DeShawn Stevenson (SG), Kyle Korver (SF), Josh Smith (PF) and Al Horford (C). While Anthony Toliver also wore white, the first five were on the floor as coaches went over game-planning for the Heat. Drew would say that in addition to returning starters Teague, Smith and Horford that Korver and Stevenson will “play a big role for us this season.”
Drew also said he would mix up the starting lineups during the preseason to get a look at different player combinations.
The rest of the team were divided like this:
Blue: Lou Williams, John Jenkins, Anthony Morrow, Ivan Johnson, Zaza Pachulia, Johan Petro and Carldell Johnson.
Red: Devin Harris, James Anderson, Damion Jones, Mike Scott, Keith Benson, Isma’il Muhammad
“It’s going to be our preseason game,” Drew said. “I’m anxious to see how well we go out and execute some of the things we’ve done thus far in training camp, especially with the new faces. It will be fun to finally be able to go against somebody (else). We’ll be taking a look at different combinations (of players).”
Drew did say that some of those who will dress will only see limited minutes.
We will report back before Sunday’s game with the lineup and other details.
- Chris Vivlamore
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