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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , January 24, 2020
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

Hawks, Thunder both looking to get healthy

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Atlanta Hawks at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. Atlanta and Oklahoma City split two games last season with each team defending its own home court. The Hawks went 11-of-36 (.306) from three-point range in their loss to the Thunder last season compared to 18-of-37 (.486) in their win.
  2. The Hawks came back from a 19-point halftime deficit to knock off the Clippers (31-13 at game time) on Wednesday, 102-95. It was the largest halftime comeback in NBA history to beat a team with 20 or more wins.
  3. The Thunder have won three straight after dropping three of their previous four games. Opponents shot 50.7 percent from the field and averaged 118.5 points against OKC in its 1-3 stretch but have shot just 45.0 percent and averaged 109.0 points against the Thunder during their three-game winning streak.
  4. Trae Young is 4-of-14 (.286) from three-point range over his past two games, both losses, after shooting 11-of-21 (.524) in his previous two games, both wins. Young is shooting 47.9 percent from deep in wins this season compared to 33.6 percent in losses.
  5. Dennis Schroder has made multiple three-pointers in six consecutive games, tying the second-longest such streak of his career. His only longer streak lasted seven games from January 24-February 7, 2019.
  6. Oklahoma City's opponents average 22.6 assists, fourth fewest in the NBA this season, and the Thunder have won nine of their last 10 when limiting their foe to 22 or fewer. Atlanta is yet to win a game when failing to top 20 assists this season (0-12).

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks both have had to learn how to play without key players recently.

That might be the case again Friday, when the teams meet in Oklahoma City.

For the Thunder, center Steven Adams and small forward Terrance Ferguson have been out recently. Adams' absence has been due to an ankle injury suffered early in Monday's win in Houston. His backup, Nerlens Noel, has been battling an ankle injury on and off since early in the month.

Noel played in Wednesday's win in Orlando but still is hampered by the injury.

Without as much depth in the middle, the Thunder have had to regularly rely on Mike Muscala.

"Obviously when Steven's playing, he's more of an around-the-basket guy and so is Nerlens," Oklahoma City point guard Chris Paul said. "Mike is a stretch-the-court kind of guy so when he plays, it's great because he gives us a different dynamic."

Muscala was hit all four tries from behind the 3-point line in Wednesday's victory.

The Hawks could be without second-year point guard Trae Young on Friday.

Young, who entered Thursday in the top five in the NBA in scoring (29.2 points per game) and assists (8.6), sat out Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers because of a right thigh contusion he suffered in Monday's loss to Toronto.

Atlanta fell behind early, trailing by as many as 21 points in the second quarter before slowly climbing back.

It was Atlanta's first win without Young this season. The Hawks had lost each of the first three games he sat out.

While Young has been such a focal point of Atlanta's offense, either creating for himself or facilitating for others, the Hawks had to figure out how to be successful without him against the Clippers.

"I hope this is a momentum builder," Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. "I hope it's an understanding of how we have to play from start to finish."

Young is listed as questionable for Friday's game, though he participated in Thursday's practice.

Young grew up in Norman, Okla., just south of Oklahoma City.

In his lone appearance in his home state as a rookie, Young was just four of 15 from the field in a 15-point loss last season.

If Young does play, Ferguson's status figures to be magnified. Ferguson has been an excellent perimeter defender this season, but he has missed the last three games for personal reasons and has missed nine games overall.

The Hawks announced Thursday that forward Chandler Parsons, who was involved in an automobile accident Jan. 15 that left him with a concussion and other injuries, was still in the first stage of the league's concussion protocol and that Parsons would return home to California to continue his recovery.

This is the first meeting of the season between the teams. They split last season's two games.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 23, 2020

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