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Preview and Game Thread #21: Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

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Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #21

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7-12
14-6
Philips Arena
Dec. 9th, 2009, 7:00 PM
ESPN, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Derrick Rose
PG Mike Bibby
John Salmons SG Joe Johnson
Luol Deng SF Marvin Williams
Taj Gibson
PF Josh Smith
Joakim Noah C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: None

Bulls Injury Report: Kurt Hinrich is questionable and Tyrus Thomas and Jerome James are out.

Blogging With the Enemy: BlogaBull

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Mike Bibby cannot guard Derrick Rose if Derrick Rose has one ankle. Tonight will be a case in point.

Game Preview:

This sets up nicely for rock bottom for the Bulls. They just lost to the Nets. This is the second of a back to back. All they need is a national televised blowout and a unnecessary flagrant foul by Brad Miller to get there. And that could easily happen.

The thing about rock bottom in the NBA is it is tough to not call a home loss to the Nets not exactly that. So maybe the Bulls come out inspired and turn it around for a few games. Who knows? What I do know is the Hawks should dominate, and in four so games where there is no doubt the Hawks will win, they have lost at least twice.

Thank goodness this game is on national tv to provide the fake energy a team sometimes needs to make an obvious win an actual one.

Keys to the game:

  1. Josh Smith dominating every which way.
  2. Al Horford winning the UF battle.
  3. Good team defense on Rose.

Go Hawks!