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Game preview: Hawks could be without Schroder against top-ranked Celtics defense


When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, TD Garden

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Injuries: Hawks—Dennis Schroder (shoulder) is questionable; DeAndre’ Bembry (groin) is out.

Celtics—

Celtics say Kyrie Irving (quad), Marcus Morris (hip but really his butt), Marcus Smart (hand), and Shane Larkin (knee) are all out tonight vs. the Hawks.

— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) February 2, 2018

What to watch for: The Hawks are seeking their first victory in three meetings against the Celtics, who won twice at Philips Arena in November.

The Hawks have lost four of their past five as their defense, good during a 7-7 month, has faltered. Charlotte guard Kemba Walker went off for 38 points on 20 shots during his team’s 123-110 victory at Philips Arena on Wednesday.

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder, the team's leading scorer, finished the Hornets game after suffering a right shoulder injury, but is questionable to play at Boston. If Schroder is out, the Hawks could struggle to score against the NBA’s most efficient defense. But Schroder’s absence could give the Hawks a better chance on defense against the Celtics, who rank 17th in offensive efficiency.

UPDATE

Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving is out because of injury. He averaged 32.5 points in the two games against the Hawks while making 24 of 34 shots. However, the Celtics faced the Knicks on Wednesday without Irving and still rolled to a 103-73 victory at home. Terry Rozier made his first career start and recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

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