Hawks @ Heat Preview (Preseason Game 1)

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John Collins (Jeremy Johnson).

A new era of Atlanta Hawks Basketball has arrived.

The Hawks unofficially begin their 2017-18 season tonight in Miami. It is the first of five preseason games for Atlanta. The shortened preseason (from 7/8 games to 5) is to compensate for the season being nearly two weeks longer.

While the Hawks are coming off a 43-39 season which resulted in a six game defeat to the hands of Washington, it is widely expected for them to be much worse this season. Gone are main components such as Millsap, Howard and Tim Hardaway JR.

This is solely Dennis’ team now. Unfortunately, Dennis found himself in a bit of trouble the other night after being involved in a bar fight.

This “should not” wind up being too big of a deal unless Dennis makes it one. If convicted the team and league could levy a five game suspension.

Matchup to Watch

Dennis Schroder VS Tyler Johnson:

Hawks fans will want to keep an eye on how Dennis responds to recent arrest. Despite just being the first preseason game, how he comes out tonight will say a lot about his character and leadership.

Injury Report

Atlanta

DeAndre’ Bembry. OUT

Miami

 Goran Dragic. Day-To-Day

Projected Starters

Atlanta 

G. Dennis Schroder

G. Kent Bazemore

F. Taurean Prince

F. Ersan Ilyasova

C. Dwayne Dedmon

Miami 

G. Tyler Johnson

G. Dion Waiters

F. Justice Winslow

F. James Johnson

C. Hassan Whiteside

TV/Radio Info

Local: None

National: NBA-TV

Radio: None

What’s on Tap

10/4 @ CLE (PRE)

10/6 @ DET (PRE)

10/9 Vs. MEM (PRE)

10/12 Vs. DAL (Pre)

10/18 @ DAL

Phil Veasley

@_ATLPhil

 

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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