(Atlanta, GA) – After coming back from a 12 day trip that produced 3 wins for Atlanta, the Hawks were more than happy to be back home against the Grizzlies Saturday night and even more elated after taking another W.
This wasn’t just any victory thought. The Hawks need one more victory to earn a sot in the playoffs and they managed to do solidify positioning against a shorthanded Memphis team.
The injury list for the Grizzlies is long. Centers Chris Anderesen and Marc Gasol are out along with forwards Zach Randolph and Brandan Wright. Guards Mike Conley and Vince Carter were also on the DNP list.. And let’s hope Lance Stephenson doesn’t join them after falling on his wrist. Stephenson said, “I’ll be all right .” He led the Grizzlies with 18 points coming off of a career high 33 points against the Pelicans.
Atlanta took full advantage of the shortage though. Careful not underestimate a disadvantaged Memphis team, the Hawks played defensive smart ball and rolled right through.
Thabo Sefolosha said, thinking a few key players are out and it’s going to be easy is a trap you don’t want to fall into . Sefolosha logged his first double double of the season.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 21 points while Al Horford 19 and Jeff Teague put 18 on the board. Kent Bazemore was scoreless but productive in defense contributing to Atlanta’s 12 blocks and 27 assists.
Atlanta is right back at it Sunday hosting the Pacers while Memphis will take a day off before taking on the Rockets in Houston.