Vivlamore (updated) reporting from morning shoot-around.
As we told you first, Josh Smith will start tonight against the Pacers. The star forward missed Sunday’s win in Oklahoma City with a sprained right ankle.
Smith was a limited practice participant Tuesday and took part in today’s shoot-around with the projected starters.
Coach Larry Drew said Smith “moved around very well.”
Smith said he’s not 100 percent but is well enough to play.
“You know me, I can’t stay out for too long,” Smith said following shoot-around. “I’m going to see how it goes. It feels good right now. I want to be out there helping my teammates out.
“There is no concern. Obviously, it’s not 100 percent but you have to understand going through a month of training camp and the games, your body is not 100 percent at all. You just have to see how it feels. Right now I feel good and I’m ready to go.”
The rest of the lineup is not set, according to Drew, but it looks like the Hawks will go big with Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver at the guards, Al Horford and Smith at forward and Zaza Pachulia at center.
Although the Pacers are without all-star Danny Granger, they are still a big team and can give the Hawks problems. That’s one of the reason it appears Pachulia will start to defend Pacers’ 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert.
“Their size has always been a problem for us,” Drew said.
The Pacers lead the NBA in rebounds per game and defensive rebounds per game. They also lead the league in opponents’ field-goal percentage (.389). We’ll save all that for the game thread blog.
- Chris Vivlamore