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Atlanta Hawks at New Orleans Pelicans at Biloxi
The New Orleans Pelicans play a game designated as a home game for them in Biloxi at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum against the Atlanta Hawks. The game starts at 1 CDT (UTC -5) and does not seem to be televised by either team. WWL will be covering the Saints, and the Hawks will not have a radio broadcast either. We’ll be tweeting updates from @BourbonStShots.
The Pelicans should field their now-customary starters when Gordonless: Holiday, Morrow, Aminu, Davis, Stiemsma. Following Saturday’s practice, Monty said that Stiemsma has done nothing to lose his starting spot. Stiemsma had a rough showing against Dwight Howard in Houston, but his minutes have steadily increased: 10:10 against the Rockets, 15:32 against the Mavericks (I hate the Mavericks), and 19:27 against the Magic. His stat line has not been that impressive, 3 points (1 of 2 from the field, 1 of 2 from the line), 4 rebounds (all defensive), 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 4 fouls (3 in his 10 minutes against the Rockets, none in Orlando). He has shown some improvement (fewer fouls, increased +/-), though it is unclear how much can be expected from the 28 year-old.
Update: Austin Rivers is starting today, replacing Anthony Morrow.
The Pelicans have no additional injuries to report, with only Evans and Gordon being reported as likely out of the game. Though Evans is listed as day-to-day, his target to return is Thursday night against the Thunder.
The Hawks have been playing Millsap, Korver, Carroll, and Teague at least 20 minutes per game in their first two preseason games. Horford played in the first, Brand in the second. Brand is listed with the probable starters against the Pelicans. Schroder and Scott have seen heavy minutes in each of the prior games, as well.
Update: Atlanta will be starting Teague, Korver, Wilkins, Millsap & Horford
The Hawks are carrying 20 players on their roster, which is the maximum allowed during this time of year, but they have not been playing all 20 players. Horford and Brand each took a game off. Pelicans fans will not see former Hornet Gustavo Ayon who is out following surgery on his shoulder. Lou Williams is out, and John Jenkins is day-to-day. Adonis Thomas has seen no time on the court, but the other members have had some playing time.
It will be interesting to see Teague and Holiday go head-to-head, and the Pelicans frontcourt will get a test against the beefy Brand and Louisiana native Millsap. Horford as well, if he plays. We’ll keep an eye on any time Davis gets at Center, along with how Stiemsma, Onuaku, and Smith handle the challenge.
As an aside, I always enjoy watching contests against the Hawks. One of my fondest memories in the Arena was a game in which a broken Net (not Deron Willams) caused a pretty fun delay in the game, described here. The team was on a woll, life was good, and we just to enjoy it: the fans and both teams. It wasn’t a basketball moment, but it was a little lagniappe at the right time. Shout to anyone else in the Arena that night.
Enjoy the game if you are going. If you are, remember to check us out on twitter, @BourbonStShots, if you are there. Michael Pellissier will be around to talk Pelicans. If you are not going to the game, remember to check us out on twitter, @BourbonStShots, since we’ll be keeping you updated through the game. Also, we’ll be providing some updates in this post.
Update: At the end of three quarters, Pelicans lead 83-61. Davis with 23. Aminu with 14, and Holiday and Anderson with 13 each.