The Hawks Are Missing Practically Everyone for Tonight's Game Against the Bulls (UPDATE)

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The Hawks Are Missing Practically Everyone for Tonight’s Game Against the Bulls (UPDATE)

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The Chicago Bulls play their next two games against the Atlanta Hawks … if you can even call them that.

Atlanta is experiencing its own COVID outbreak, one that has currently thrown 11 players into the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. Delon Wright was the most recent player to join the mix this morning, and it puts the Hawks in that much more of a vulnerable position for the next two matchups.

Here is a list of every player in protocols and officially out for tonight’s game:

Trae Young (Early Evening UPDATE: Young has now been cleared in time for the game, per Woj.)
John Collins
Danilo Gallinari
Kevin Huerter
Lou Williams
Onyeka Okongwu
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
Sharife Cooper
Delon Wright
Jalen Johnson
Wes Iwundu

Add the injuries to Solomon Hill and De’Andre Hunter, and the Hawks are set to miss 13 players for tonight’s game. So why the heck are they playing?

Take it away, Nate McMillan:

The NBA has shown they will do everything they can to avoid postponements, and the Hawks signing of multiple hardship players will put them in a position to suit up for tonight’s game. Names like Lance Stephenson, Malcolm Hill, and Cat Barber, who are all on 10-day deals, will likely have to eat strong minutes against the Bulls tonight. Likewise, Skylar Mays, who is on a two-way deal, will have to carry his own extensive workload.

All of this to say: Even though it might be the backend of a back-to-back on the road, anything other than a decisive win for this Bulls team tonight would be a bad look. Not often is a win served on a silver platter, especially when your own team is suffering a number of absences, but it sure feels like this one is there for the taking. Let’s hope the Bulls’ starters can make it a short night.

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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.