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Preview and Game Thread #36: Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics

Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #36

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TD Garden
Jan. 11th, 2010, 7:30 PM
NBATV and Sports South, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Rajon Rondo
Joe Johnson SG Ray Allen
Marvin Williams SF Paul Pierce
Josh Smith PF Rasheed Wallace
Al Horford C Kendrick Perkins

Hawks Injury Report: None

Pacers Injury Report: Kevin Garnett and Marquis Daniels are out.

Blogging With the Enemy: CelticsBlog

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Rajon Rondo

Game Preview:

The Hawks have dominated the first two meetings between these two teams. Not Orlando dominated mind you, but they have decisively won two entertaining game. Tough to say the Hawks will make it three in a row on the road, but tough to think of a reason the Celtics will do something differently now other than because they are "due" to do something different.

Fact is, the Hawks matchup well. They have shown that repeatedly, but it still comes down to mental toughness, trust, and effort. The Celtics and Doc Rivers have lots of fancy saying for these these ideas. So I wouldn't be surprised if Boston produces a win and credits a late night text message. If it happens, I will just credit a championship resolve, and if the Hawks pull out the victory, I might have to stop doubting theirs quite so easily.

Keys to the game:

  1. Passive Rondo and three point happy Rasheed.
  2. Feed the low post.
  3. Destroy the Celtics in rebounding the basketball.
  4. Don't allow easy leak out baskets.

Go Hawks!