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Preview and Game Thread #6: Atlanta Hawks @ Charlotte Bobcats

Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #6

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Time Warner Cable Arena
Nov. 6th, 2009, 7:00 PM
Sports South, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Raymond Felton
PG Mike Bibby
Stephen Graham SG Joe Johnson
Gerald Wallace
SF Marvin Williams
Boris Diaw
PF Josh Smith
Tyson Chandler C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: None.

Blazers Injury Report: Flip Murray is day to day with an ankle.

Blogging With the Enemy: Rufus on Fire

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: I don't care if he is questionable. Hot Flip!

Game Preview:

The Charlotte Bobcats have averaged 72 points in their three non overtime games this year. In case you don't feel like looking this up, I will go ahead and tell you that is bad. Unluckily for the teams on the all time worst list, the Bobcats are also very good at defense and have worked out two wins in the young season. I am sure there are very good reasons for their horrendous offense, but I have see DJ Augustin, Flip Murray, and Gerald Wallace light it up on numerous occasions.

Whether you choose to look at the bad recent history the Hawks have had playing in Charlotte, the Bobcats legitimately good defense, Larry Brown being in his second year, or this being the last game of a fairly long road trip, there are lots of reasons to not take this game lightly. Personally, I plan to go with the Hawks inability to play well in Charlotte since I have seen two of the worst losses of the last two seasons in person there. I just started drinking thinking about those games.

However you feel about the game, it should be a great test for the Hawks to play as a team on the offensive end. A bunch of one on one basketball will end with the Hawks trying to scrape together 80 or so points. I expect the Hawks to win and the Hawks should play like it too by trusting each other, playing hard, and finishing this road trip with a great 3-1 record.

Keys to the game:

  1. No second chance points. It should be a key for any game, but for a bad offensive team, keep them bad. Give them one chance. In their win against the Nets, the Bobcats had 19 offensive rebounds to the Nets 8.
  2. Let the Bobcats shoot three. Not layups and free throws. The Bob's are shooting 17% from behind the arc.
  3. Play like a team on offense. There is no reason to make a good defense great by going five on one.

I hope to see you in the comments. I plan to be there by the second half. And knowing this game, I may need your emotional support. NOTHING EASY!

Go Hawks!