• The Hornets got back small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who missed two games with sore ribs suffered in the road loss to the New York Knicks. With Kidd-Gilchrist back, some other wing player had to drop out of the rotation. Coach Steve Clifford chose to use rookie P.J. Hairston in the first half and sit Gerald Henderson.
• Clifford said sitting Henderson “isn’t forever” but that he needs the spacing Hairston provides as a dangerous 3-point shooter.
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• One of the problems the Hornets have matching up with the Hawks is they aren’t strong at guarding the 3-point line. The Hawks take and make 3s in abundance.
• Lance Stephenson looked far more comfortable with his new teammates in the first half Friday. It seems like he has pressed at certain times this early season and at other times gotten tentative.
• The Hawks are as aggressive as any team in scheming the ball out of Al Jefferson’s hands. At times they would triple-team him and Al Horford would occasionally front him to deny the entry pass.