Here is your report from Monday’s practice:
Anthony Morrow, who missed Saturday’s game with back soreness, participated in practice on Monday. Morrow said he participated on a limited basis but said there were no issues.
“It’s good,” Morrow said. “I got in loosened up. I got some work in. I was kind of limited today but I felt great.”
Morrow said the issue is related to the stress fracture he suffered during his junior season at Georgia Tech.
“Just a little flare up,” Morrow said. “I was going real hard, especially not playing much, and I think I overdid it. I’m always trying to get better so that is on me. I just have to manage it better.”
The pain started during last week’s game against Memphis, his first start of the season. He was able to play through the pain against Miami and Orlando before needing to rest.
Morrow said he was to get treatment before the team departed for Tuesday’s game at Washington. A determination on his playing status will be made before the game based on how he responded to the workout and treatment. Coach Larry Drew said he was hopeful Morrow could play against the Wizards.
With Tuesday’s game in Washington, the Hawks play four games in five nights in three cities. They have two road-home back-to-backs.
“That’s always a tough stretch when you play that many games – tough teams, tough travel, tough stretch,” Drew said. “We have to really lock in and focus this week. We have to take care of ourselves. We have to do whatever it takes to get us ready to play. With four in five nights we have to take care of our bodies so we can play to the best of our abilities.”
The Hawks host Oklahoma City on Wednesday and then play at Philadelphia Friday and host Chicago Saturday before three days off over Christmas.
Getting back to work
Drew said he was mindful of the upcoming stretch of games but wanted his team back on the court to put Saturday’s blowout loss to Golden State in the rear-view mirror.
“I didn’t want to do too much but there were some things that I felt we really needed to go over,” Drew said. “…We are ready to get back at it. When you play a game like that it’s a matter of getting it out of your system and get back out on the court. I think it’s out of our system. We’ve looked at it, talked about it. It’s time to move on.”
Jocks and Jills will host a viewing party for the Hawks-Wizards game Tuesday in honor of the 25th anniversary of the restaurant’s opening. The eatery, then owned by Randy Wittman, Scott Hastings, Doc Rivers and current owner Craig Sager, opened in 1987. Wittman, who played for the Hawks at the time of the opening, now coaches the Wizards.
The restaurant is located at the Galleria Mall in Atlanta.
- Chris Vivlamore
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