Thursday Oct. 16, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- As coach Mike Woodson tries to improve the
Atlanta Hawks this season, he's considering a big starting lineup.
Small forward Marvin Williams must serve a one-game suspension
for a flagrant foul in Game 7 of the playoffs against Boston last
season. That gives Woodson an excuse to play big in the Hawks' Oct.
29 opener at Orlando. But the big lineup may be more than a
Woodson opened the second half of Monday night's preseason win
against Charlotte with the big lineup and did the same in Wednesday
night's game against Phoenix.
Williams missed Wednesday night's game with a sprained thumb.
Woodson started Zaza Pachulia at center, flanked by Josh Smith and
Al Horford at the forward spots.
Against the Suns, Pachulia grabbed 10 rebounds in 18 minutes,
but Smith had only 11 points and three rebounds and Horford was
often left out of the offensive mix. Horford finished with 15 points and six rebounds, but he had only three shots in the first half.
Pachulia may be the key to Woodson's idea of a big lineup. The
addition of Horford made Pachulia a backup last season, but his
stock rose with his tough play off the bench in the postseason.
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