Hawks missing two starters vs. Nuggets

Updated: February 25, 2009, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Atlanta Hawks were without starters Mike Bibby and Josh Smith for their game at Denver on Wednesday night.

Bibby was sick and Smith was excused for a family matter, Hawks coach Mike Woodson said.

Bibby was replaced by point guard Flip Murray, and forward Zaza Pachulia took Smith's place in the lineup.

The Nuggets, losers of three in a row, were without center Nene for the second straight game. He bruised his right knee in a game at Milwaukee on Sunday night and is expected to be sidelined for a week.

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