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Preview and Game Thread #16: Atlanta Hawks @ Philadelphia 76ers

Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #16

@ 76ers_medium

Wachovia Center
Nov. 27th, 2009, 7:00 PM
Fox Sports South, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Royal Ivey
Joe Johnson SG Andre Iguodala
Marvin Williams SF Thaddeus Young
Josh Smith PF Elton Brand
Al Horford C Samuel Dalembert

Hawks Injury Report: None.

76ers Injury Report: Louis Williams is out with a broken jaw.

Blogging With the Enemy: Liberty Ballers

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Thaddeus Young, let the weekend of Georgia Tech pain begin.

Game Preview:

One could argue the Hawks have the advantage at every position. Will they pout? Will they be focused? Will they execute or simply try and out skill? Will they put 48 minutes of effort in tonight? I hope so. I certainly hope so. The Hawks need this win and they should get it. It won't just be three losses in a row, it will be three losses by the old Hawks and it only takes so many of those before they just become them.

Jeff Teague will not be a difference maker in this game, but with Mike Bibby not practicing all week and now playing the second of a back to back, I hope we see more than a four minute stint from the rookie. Royal Ivey and Jrue Holiday may get the best of Jeff tonight, but if they win the game for the Sixers, that will be a team problem and not a Teague problem. The Hawks need a back up point guard tonight. Lets use the one we have.

Keys to the game:

1. Play like they did in the first half of last night's game.

2. Don't play like they did in the second half of last night's game.

Go Hawks!