Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague and forward Zaza Pachulia have both returned to practice after recovering from ankle injuries. Both players should be good to go in the team's season opener on Friday, Nov. 4 against the Houston Rockets at Philips Arena.
Center Johan Petro was held out of practice on Monday with a back injury. His status for the Hawks' season opener remains unknown at this time. Teague is coming off a year where he started all 66 regular season games of the strike-shortened season for the first time in his career. The 2009 first-round draft pick averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Pachulia, entering his tenth year in the league and eighth year with the Hawks, is coming off a season where he averaged 7.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while starting 44 games. Petro, entering his eighth career season and first with the Hawks, averaged 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the New Jersey Nets last season.