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Preview and Game Thread #14: Atlanta Hawks @ New Orleans Hornets

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Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #14

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11-2
5-8
New Orleans Arena
Nov. 21st, 2009, 8:00 PM
, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Darren Collison
PG Mike Bibby
Devin Brown SG Joe Johnson
Peja Stojakovic SF Marvin Williams
David West
PF Josh Smith
Emeka Okafor C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: None.

Hornets Injury Report: Chris Paul and Byron Scott are out.

Blogging With the Enemy: At the Hive

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Darren Collison

Game Preview:

How does a let down game happen? Come off an emotional win (last second if possible), play the second of a back to back on the road, lull yourself to the sleep with the opposing star player out, and ride in to the game feeling like world beaters.

So basically I expect a close game. 82 games is not a grind because shooters get tired of shooting or rebounds get tougher to grab. No, 82 games is hard to stay mentally focused and driven day in and day out. The Hawks have another challenge tonight. If everyone expects them to win, they probably do to, and that breeds lackadaisical effort. Most of us know what that looks like in a Hawks uniform, and it ain't pretty.

There is one key to this game focus and energy. Ok that might actually be two so lets just combine them.

Key to the game:

  1. Fonergy

Comment of the Rockets' game thread to Buzzsaw with,

"Even though Budinger was an all American volleyball player, if a volleyball match broke out at Phillips, I’m pretty sure we’d absolutely dominate."

See you in the comment thread from Taco Mac. Go Hawks!