AJ Griffin and Jalen Johnson should expect increased minutes as Hawks deal with injuries

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The Atlanta Hawks (13-10) continue to lead the NBA Southeast Division and are about to embark on a December schedule loaded with playoff caliber opponents including the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks.

Then, just as the now injury plagued Hawks’ schedule would appear to get a little easier, they will have to close the month of December, by hosting the team the Terrell Thomas from These Urban Times described to Sam & Greg as the team he is most “fascinated by where their season may go”, the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won eight of their last 10 contests.

With the recent injuries to starters John Collins and De’Andre Hunter, the Hawks will have to lean on several bench players to step into major roles over the next several weeks including rookie AJ Griffin and second year player Jalen Johnson.

“He (Coach McMillan) has been playing the young players from Duke,” commented Terrell when talking to Sam & Greg about the Hawks need to find players to step up in the absence of the injured stars.

Terrell continued to compliment the former Blue Devil players by saying, “He (Griffin) has looked phenomenal. From shooting the three ball, to passing the ball, to stealing the ball.”

Lastly, when Sam asked Terrell about the other player from Duke, Terrell quickly commented on Johnson’s great potential by saying, “He’s a high flyer, and has great vision on the court, and is a great passer.”

The Hawks currently sit in the top-4 of the Eastern Conference, and if they plan to remain there by the time, the New Year begins in January, the continued development of Griffin and Johnson will be essential.

To hear the entire conversation between Sam, Greg and Terrell download the link above.

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