Shootaround Update: Jamal Still Out

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
By Jon Newberry

Word from shootaround today is that Jamal Crawford will miss his fifth consecutive game with a sore back. The Cavs lineup skews toward smaller and quicker at the guard positions, so Jamal’s absence could mean increased minutes for Jeff Teague. Plus, Mike Bibby played almost 40 minutes in Monday’s win against Orlando, so if the Hawks are able to take control early, coach Drew may take advantage of the opportunity to give his hot shooting point guard a rest  (see Dec. 11 win over Indy).

A RARE BREAK IN THE SCHEDULE

The Hawks have had to endure a brutal schedule early this season. Atlanta is tied with Cleveland having played the most back-to-backs (10) in the NBA this year, and Miami is the only team that has played as many total games (30). The back-to-backs have been so constant that the Hawks had to play four games in five nights on two separate occasions in December alone.

That is the bad news.

The good news is that after tonight’s game the Hawks get three days without a game. Plus, Atlanta does not have to battle through another stretch of four games in five days the rest of the season.