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Preview and Game Thread #25: Utah Jazz @ Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #25


@ Atlanta-hawks_medium
Philips Arena
Dec. 18th, 2009, 7:30 PM
Sports South, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Deron Williams
PG Mike Bibby
Wesley Matthews SG Joe Johnson
Ronnie Brewer SF Marvin Williams
Carlos Boozer
PF Josh Smith
Mehmet Okur C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: Joe Smith is game time decision.

Jazz Injury Report: Atlanta's own Matt Harpring is out....forever. Josh Smith will have to find someone else to give a semi hard foul to and have another Jazz player over react. I nominate Okur. Although he seems pretty rational.

Blogging With the Enemy: SLC Dunk

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Deron Williams

Game Preview:

If you are going to have a sensational point guard, at least have an average shooting guard. That is all the Hawks ask. Just someone to hide Bibby on. The Jazz are happy to oblige. It won't make the pick and roll any easier and Okur certainly enjoys drilling 18 three pointers against us, but at the very least, we won't have to witness the blood bath that would be Bibby and Deron one on one.

In the front court, I have a hard time arguing against whoever has the ball. I don't see Boozer and Okur stopping Horford and Josh or vica versa. Whoever executes better will have the advantage.

I am excited about this game. Utah is a challenge to anyone, and they have enough advantages to where they are especially challenging for the Hawks. Still, holes exist, the Hawks are at home, and playing great. No reason they can't execute for a win, but this one, unlike say the last four games, will require execution.

Keys to the game:

  1. Offensive rebounding. Not just win the catagory dominate it. It has been a key all year, and if that execution we talked about does not work in the Hawks advantage, this is where they can make up for it. Boozer is a bad offensive boarder. Okur is better, but I can't imagine Zaza and Al getting out performed.
  2. I am just feeling a big game from Marvin Williams.
  3. Defend the pick and roll with average success.
  4. Joe continues his recent stint of playing within himself and averaging point guard level assists.

Go Hawks!