Atlanta Hawks Are In Cleveland For Last Game Before All-Star Weekend

Atlanta Hawks, Lloyd Pierce (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, Lloyd Pierce (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Hawks are in Cleveland to face off with the Cavilers in the last game before the weekend’s All-Star Break. Tonight’s game will be a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s two worst records.

The Atlanta Hawks are in Cleveland for their final game before the All-Star break. This will be the second time these two teams will meet this season, with the Cavs taking down the Hawks in the first matchup before Christmas. Tonight, the two teams that take the floor will be slightly different after both teams have made trades to reshape their teams.

Coming into the All-Star Break, the Hawks are in desperate need of a break. The Hawks have had a laundry list of injuries to almost every one of their players this season. Kevin Huerter and Trae Young have missed some time throughout the season. Rookies, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish have been dealing with issues. Jeff Teague has dealt with ankle issues since joining the team. DeAndre’ Bembry, Clint Capela, and Skal Labissire are still dealing with issues. However, Bembry is expected to be back tonight after being sidelined with a hand problem. Other than Trae Young, who will be busy all weekend, the Hawks will be getting a much-needed break.

The Cavaliers made a splash by trading for Andre Drummond before the Trade Deadline. Drummond was linked to the Hawks for a lot of the season but that deal would eventually fall through, landing Drummond with the Cavs. In the past, the Hawks have struggled mightily against big men such as Drummond. The Hawks made their own moves to combat that very problem by bringing in Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon. With Capela out for tonight’s game, the duty of defending Drummond will fall on Dedmon’s shoulders.

Through 55 games, the Hawks have won just 15. It’s been a struggle for the Hawks after having some unrealistic expectations thrown on them by local and national media before the season. The untimely suspension of John Collins and the long list of injuries have kept the Hawks on their backfoot all season. And the record shows that. Getting a win against the lowly Cavs won’t mean much in the grand scheme of it all but getting a win going into the long break is still something the Hawks should strive for. With 25 games left post-All-Star, the Hawks can try to build some confidence that can be so valuable for a young team trying to learn how to win together. All of that can start tonight in Cleveland with a win.