Game Thread: This time Hawks must face Randolph

Rookie Adreian Payne scored four points in his exhibition debut.
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Rookie Adreian Payne scored four points in his exhibition debut.

MEMPHIS – The Grizzlies were at full strength for their matchup against the Hawks Sunday.

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph missed the Hawks’ 96-86 victory in Atlanta on Jan. 7.

The presence of Randolph presents a challenge inside for the Hawks. The 6-foot-9, 260 pounder averaged 16.9 points and 12.0 rebounds heading into the game. His rebound total was sixth in the NBA.

“They’re a team that can really hurt you in the paint and dominate the paint,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Hopefully we can find a way to limit their opportunities there and not let them get loose on the perimeter at the same time.”

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* Rookie Adreian Payne will be active. Mike Muscala, returning from D-League assignment, and Thabo Sefolosha, calf injury, are the inactives.


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