Date: October 17, 2013
Tip-Off Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV Channel: None
Radio: 92.9 FM (Atlanta Flagship), Atlanta Hawks Radio Network Affiliates
Live Stream: None
Update: The starters for tonight’s game with the Spurs have been released according to the AJC’s Chris Vivlamore.
Hawks starters vs. Spurs: Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap and Horford. #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) October 17, 2013
Hello, Philips Arena! Thursday night in Atlanta doubles as the home opener for the Hawks this season, and they welcome the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs to the highlight factory.
As usual, it’s unclear which of the Spurs stars will see the court in this spot, but either way, this should be a nice test for the Hawks. There are also several different storylines to monitor as this game tips off.
First, this is the first chance to see Mike Budenholzer square off against his old mentor, Gregg Popovich. It’s important to note that this is preseason game and that the results are relatively meaningless, but it’s already fun to have Pop in town and this just heightens that.
Secondly, this is the first chance for the Hawks fan base to get a look at the newly acquired Cartier Martin. Martin was inked to a training camp deal on Tuesday, but there could be some clarity in the battle for a roster spot (presumably against James Johnson) during this game.
All in all, it will simply be nice to see the hometown team in its own building again. The Hawks host 3 preseason games in less than a week, and it’s not too late to get into the building!