Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.
Jeff Teague and Zaza Pachulia, who both missed the final two exhibition games with sprained left ankles, returned to full-contact practice for the Hawks Monday. They are expected to play in Friday’s regular-season opener against the Rockets.
Teague said he can still feel some soreness in the ankle but it is improving every day. The point guard declared himself a go.
Pachulia has been limited much of the preseason, first with a groin injury and then the ankle. The center appeared in just three exhibition games.
“Right now, I’m doing my best to get back as quick as possible with my timing, my legs,” Pachulia said. “I haven’t had too much time to run and work on my legs. I’m trying to get back in good shape.”
Center Johan Petro did not practice Monday with what coach Larry Drew called a sore back. Petro would be an early candidate to the one player the team must declare inactive for the season opener.
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