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Preview and Game Thread #22: Atlanta Hawks @ Toronto Raptors

Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #22

Air Canada Centre
Dec, 11th 2009, 7:00 PM
Sports South, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Jose Calderon
Joe Johnson SG DeMar DeRozen
Marvin Williams SF Hedo Turkoglu
Josh Smith PF Chris Bosh
Al Horford C Andrea Bargnani

Hawks Injury Report: Joe Smith is out

Raptors Injury Report: Reggie Evans is out and Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani are questionable.

Blogging With the Enemy: Raptors HQ (with a Q&A with me about things you are probably tired of reading me write about)

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Chris Bosh

Game Preview:

Hardwood Paroxysm tells us why we should watch every game tonight. And he nails the Hawks/Raptors game,

Meanwhile, the Hawks, and I’ve been meaning to comment on this for a while, know they should win games. I cannot overstress this, even with all the bold in the world. I could bold that fragment with the darkness of a black hole and it would not be enough. This team for half a decade has relied on going into each game with no knowledge. They were zen, no-mind. They just went out and ran and did things and then moved on. But now? This team is taking four years of doubters’ hate out on every team they come across. That Bulls game on Wednesday was the exact type of game they would have lost last year or the year before. Instead, they didn’t just beat them, they ran them out of the building, down the street, and out into Indiana. Seriously, I think Kirk Hinrich may be starting for Indiana tonight, that’s how badly the Hawks hurt the Bulls. But Toronto’s been trying to get its dignity back, so it’s possible this thing could turn.


Keys to the game:

  1. Attack the glass. Advantages win games when they are taken...advantage of.
  2. Patience on offense. Somewhere in those 24 seconds you are going to get a good shot.
  3. Lots of Al.

Go Hawks!