Preview and Game Thread #79: Toronto Raptors @ Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks 08-09 Game #79
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43-34
30-46
Air Canada Centre
April, 7 2009, 7:00 PM
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Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Jose Calderon
Joe Johnson SG Anthony Parker
Mo Evans
SF Shawn Marion
Josh Smith PF Chris Bosh
Al Horford C Andrea Bargn

Hawks Injury Report: Marvin Williams is out, and Acie Law has a hurt back but probably would not play regardless. Speedy Claxton does not have a passport and cannot make the trip.

Raptors Injury Report: None that I know of which means there are probably four or five.

Blogging With the Enemy: RaptorBlog

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Jose, Jose, and then a little more Jose

Game Preview:

Every game is important from here on out. It is building/reclaiming momentum. It is securing home court. It is learning, at least a little, about how to win on the road.

Over at the ESPN preview, the computers have Toronto as a favorite winning 61% of the time. It just goes to show you how bad the Hawks have been on the road.

I have not watched any Toronto games except for when they played the Hawks, but is it weird that I would be more afraid to play them in the playoffs than Miami? Apparently, there is a lynch pen to their badness that I am not picking up on.

The Hawks are in a mini slump. They have five games to go. All five are winnable, and all five are important in their own way. This one is important for the psyche. Lets hope the team comes out strong, and attacks. I am even going to pull out a Niquism here and say the Hawks need to "put them away early so they quit."

Keys to the game:

  1. Horford attacking Bargnani on the inside (no jumpers).
  2. Help defense on Calderon.
  3. Please, please guard the three point line.
  4. Flip play the one and post up Calderon.

See you for parts of the game in parts of the comments where we can talk about how the great mystery of how the weather in Atlanta is the same as in Toronto.

Go Hawks!

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