UPDATE: Anthony Morrow was cleared to play and will dress out tonight.
Here is your report from the Hawks prior to tonight’s game against the Thunder.
* Guard Devin Harris will not play against the Thunder tonight due to the sore left foot he suffered in Tuesday’s win against the Wizards. He received treatment on the injury but was ruled out. His status for Friday’s game at the 76ers in uncertain.
* Guard Anthony Morrow, who has missed the past two games with back soreness, is a game-time decision. Morrow told me he thought he could play but needed to get his back stretched before a final determination is made.
* DeShawn Stevenson, who coach Larry Drew hoped not to play Monday in the first of the back-to-back games, will play and is in the starting lineup. He will be joined by Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford. Stevenson played 13 minutes after Harris left injured in the second quarter.
* Drew said he would likely go to his bench more tonight, being fearful he played some players too many minutes in the overtime win over the Wizards.
One of those players could be rookie guard John Jenkins. I asked Drew if he considered using Jenkins against the Wizards with the team short-handed. This is how Drew answered:
“When I received word that Devin was not coming back I spoke about it with my coaches at halftime and (Jenkins) was certainly in the mix at halftime,” Drew said. “My first decision going into the game was to not play DeShawn. But the game being what it was I felt I could squeeze 10-15 minutes out of him and be OK, which I was. I was thinking about John Jenkins very seriously. With no Devin tonight there is a chance he may get some minutes tonight.
“It being a game that I felt was a very important game for us to win. Not saying had I put him in there the outcome would have been different but I elected to go with experience at that point. John was definitely one of the guys we were talking about putting in with the matchups but as the game went on I thought it to be more important to go with experience at that point.”
* The Hawks have won two straight against the Thunder, including a victory at Oklahoma City early this season. Drew said his team gets up to play the Thunder.
“I think with our team we have played well against really, really good team,” Drew said. “I consider this Oklahoma City team a really, really good team. … We get pretty pumped up to play against them for some reason. We take the challenge. Certainly when you play against a team like Oklahoma City, it’s a challenge. With this team having won 11 in a row, we have something to shoot for. In our games against them I think our guys have done a good job at accepting the challenge on both ends of the floor.”
- Chris Vivlamore
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