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Game Thread #31: New York Knicks @ Atlanta Hawks.



Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #31


@ Atlanta-hawks_medium
Philips Arena
January 1, 2009, 7:30 PM EST
Fox Sports South, Hawks Radio NetworkNBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Chris Duhon
PG Mike Bibby
Wilson Chandler
SG Joe Johnson
Danilo Gallinaro
SF Marvin Williams
Jared Jeffries
PF Josh Smith
David Lee
C Al Horford



Hawks Injury Report: None

Knicks Injury Report: Darko Milicic

Blogging With the Enemy: Posting and Toasting

Predicted bane of the Hawks' existence: Al Harrington

Game Preview:

The Knicks won the last meeting between these two teams, as Al Harrington continued to torment his former team.  He's averaging 25 points against us this year, and hasn't struggled very much to get his shots.  An early Josh Smith ejection in that game left Atlanta short-handed in the frontcourt, but the Knicks' ability to rain threes from the backcourt was really the deciding factor.

While the Hawks dropped a real heartbreaker up in Cleveland, the Knicks dropped a game to the New Jersey Nets, helping them to their third win.  Somewhat surprisingly, this is a Knicks team that remains in playoff contention, just one game behind Charlotte and Milwaukee and two games behind Chicago.  Expect another fairly high-paced meeting tonight, and plenty of post-game quotes about defense while its presence seems lacking.

Go Hawks!