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Preview and Game Thread #70: Dallas Mavericks @ Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks 08-09 Game #70


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Phillips Arena
March 19, 2009, 7:00 PM
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Probable starters:
Jason Kidd PG Mike Bibby
Antoine Wright SG Joe Johnson
Brandon Bass? SF Mo Evans
Dirk PF Josh Smith
Erik Dampier C Al Horford


Hawks Injury Report: Marvin Williams and some dude named Craig.

Kings Injury Report: Josh Howard and Devean George are out. 

Blogging With the Enemy: Mavs Moneyball

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: The Jet.

Game Preview: 

It is always nice to put things in perspective. A few weeks ago Mark Cuban was ready to trade the whole team. The Mavericks have one more win the Hawks. I am sure it partly has to do with expectations and past history, but mostly, it is which way your team is falling. Is your team getting over the hump or falling back down the mountain?

Tonight's game might not have an honest to goodness small forward playing which for some reason excites me greatly.

Also of note, considering both Bibby and Kidd are past their prime, they are strikingly different players. It is no Rondo/Bibby juxtaposition, but the match up is still intriguing.

Keys to the game:

  1. Don't let Jason Terry get easy shots and settle into a groove.
  2. Continue to feed the post.
  3. Good help defense on Dirk.
  4. Someone new step up. Six game win streak has seen a steady dose of Joe and the front court. Flip, Mo, or Bibby need a good game.

After an intense week, I will be headed down to the highlight factory with an extended pit stop at Gorins before hand. For those watching from home, feel free to hit up the game thread for answers surrounding the mystery of Mo Evans, why Craig Claxton never wears a tie, or if it is possible to see Randolph smile in back to back games. As always, Nique-ism are always encouraged, if not required, to be noted.

Go Hawks!