Kevin C. Cox
DeShawn Stevenson and Anthony Tolliver will make their first starts of the season for the Hawks against the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Atlanta Hawks will be without Josh Smith for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Larry Drew will go with Anthony Tolliver in his place at power forward. DeShawn Stevenson will also make his first start of the season replacing Devin Harris.
Hawks starters vs OKC w/o Smith: Teague, Korver, Stevenson, Tolliver, Horford. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) November 4, 2012
Joining Stevenson and Tolliver in the starting lineup will be Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and Al Horford. With this move, the Hawks are likely to match up Korver against Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha with Stevenson checking Kevin Durant.
Ivan Johnson received a DNP-CD in Friday's opener against the Houston Rockets. With both Smith and Johan Petro back in Atlanta there is much better chance that he will play tonight against the Thunder. Anthony Morrow also did not play against the Rockets and it will be interesting to see if Drew tries to get him some action in tonight's game.