The West coast gauntlet begins.
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WHO: Atlanta (31-21) at LA Lakers (42-10)
Hawks Injury Report: None except some dude named Craig. Flip Murray is out for family reasons. Othello Hunter is in the d-league for the next few games getting actual game action. I, for one, am outraged. He is getting plenty of experience in warm ups.
Hawks Injury Report: Andrew Bynum is out and still not sorry about Gerald Wallace.
Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Kobe Bean Bryant, but if you want to go dark horse try Luke Walton.
Everyone is going to have to play good. At least two people are going to have to play great. My greats are Joe Johnson in all-star weekend redemption mode and Al Horford in "I plan to finesse Pau Gasol with fierce and continual forearms to the gut" mode.
I am most interested to see the point guard play with the three point shooting of Mike Bibby and Derek Fisher and the much anticipated (and forced) return of Acie Law to actual playing time.
It would also be helpful if Kobe had an off shooting night. Whatever that looks like for him.
I will be around in the game comments until my body gives out. Hope to see you late nighters there.