Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.
Devin Harris (knee) was cleared for full-contact practice Tuesday, the first time the guard has been able to participate in such drills since the start of training camp.
“He is moving really, really well,” coach Larry Drew said. “The speed is there. The quickness is there.”
Zaza Pachulia (groin) also participated in full-contact drills. Drew said he is moving well without pain.
“Still down the road,” Drew said of a timetable for the two players to see exhibition action. “Today was certainly a step in getting them closer to getting back on the floor [in a preseason game]. We’ll meet with our trainers as far as a target date but right now we have not set one.”
Guard DeShawn Stevenson (soreness) was a limited practice participant. Forward Anthony Tolliver (eye) participated in practice after suffering a scratch to his cornea in the preseason game against the Heat Sunday. He did wear protective glasses.
* The Hawks went through a contact practice Tuesday prior to departing for San Antonio and Wednesday’s game against the Spurs. (I will not be attending).
Prior to practice the team watched video of their offense against the Heat. On Monday, the film session focused on the defense.
“We still have guys hesitating on some of the offensive things as far as knowing their spots and their reads out of the spots,” Drew said.
* Drew said he wants the Hawks to push the ball and cross midcourt four seconds into the shot clock. He said they did a decent job against the Heat but at times reverted back to walking the ball up court.
* Drew would not disclose any details about the starting lineup or bench rotation against the Spurs. He said he needed to sleep on it but I’m pretty sure he already knows the plan. Drew did tell me Monday that draft picks John Jenkins and Mike Scott would “definitely” play.
* I’m not sure there is any insight to be gained by the practice groupings for 5-on-5 drills Tuesday but here they are:
White: Teague, Jenkins, Korver, I. Johnson, Pachulia, Petro
Blue: Williams, Anderson, James, Smith, Horford, Tolliver
Red: Harris, Muhammad, C. Johnson, Scott, Morrow, Benson
- Chris Vivlamore
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