The Atlanta Hawks return to action tonight for the first time since breaking their ten-game losing streak against the Orlando Magic. With Trae Young returning from his sprained ankle, the Hawks will be looking to steal a game from the Boston Celtics.
When Trae Young went down with an ankle injury, during a long losing streak, the Atlanta Hawks looked to be in danger of collapse. That thinking looked to be playing out in reality when the Hawks got blown out by the Chicago Bulls in the next game. However, this young team led by John Collins showed the resilience you hope to see from a team with so many young players when the Hawks beat the Orlando Magic at home to snap their ten-game losing skid.
Fresh off their latest win, the Hawks have had four days of rest, including an off day on during the mid-week New Year festivities. That’s good news for this young Hawks team considering they have to play Boston tonight and Indiana tomorrow night. The back-to-back will mean a late-night flight to rush back to Atlanta for tonight’s game. That much travel and little turnover time are not easy for the most veteran teams, let alone a team made primarily of 1-3 year players. Don’t be surprised to see the Hawks hit the skids once again coming out of this weekend.
The good news for tonight’s game will be the return of Trae Young to the lineup. Tonight will mark the first time Trae Young, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter are all healthy and available to play since the season started. For a team like the Hawks who has struggled so much, having your three core players in the lineup will be a welcomed sight.
The Hawks will have their hands full for the next two days, but don’t be shocked to see this team come away with a win. Trae Young continues to light the NBA on fire like he’s got something to prove. With his return, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Young have one of his signature 30-40 point games. However, with Boston and Indiana, don’t be surprised to see Trae Young and the Hawks shut down again.
Tip-off for tonight’s game will be at 7:00 P.M.