Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena.
While I will no doubt be wrong about many things, I was right about at least one thing. The Hawks starting lineup today against the Heat will be Jeff Teague, DeShawn Stevenson, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford (see yesterday’s blog).
Two players, nursing injuries, will not play today. Center Zaza Pachulia (groin) and guard Devin Harris (knee) are being held out. Both have been limited practice participants during training camp. Coach Larry Drew said he was “almost certain” each would be able to play during the exhibition season.
“Both guys are feeling really good,” Drew said. “I personally want to keep it like that.”
Drew said he plans to use several different starting lineups during the preseason. On starting the preseason with Stevenson and Korver, Drew said “I really want to see those guys work together. We have two new guys in the starting lineup. … I really want to see how guys work with different combinations.”
For the Heat, the starters will be Norris Cole, Mike Miller, LeBron James, Shane Battier and Chris Bosh. Dwyane Wade will not play. As of an hour and a half before the game, coach Eric Spoelstra said he was still deciding who else would be available.
- Chris Vivlamore
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