Tolliver misses opener to be with wife for daughter’s birth

ATLANTA (AP) Anthony Tolliver of the Detroit Pistons is not playing in the season opener against the Hawks.

In fact, he’s not even in Atlanta.

The 6-foot-8 forward flew back to Detroit early Tuesday after his pregnant wife went into labor. The Tollivers now have a new daughter.

Coach Stan Van Gundy isn’t sure if Tolliver will be back with the team for the home opener against Utah on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr. was a surprise scratch for the Hawks, who gave up a first-round pick to acquire him from New York.

Hardaway is missing a chance to go against his father, who is an assistant coach for the Pistons.

The Hawks did announce they have picked up the fourth-year contract options on both Hardaway and guard Dennis Schroder.