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Preview and Game Thread #42: Atlanta Hawks @ Houston Rockets

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Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game # 42

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@ Atlanta-hawks_medium
24-19
28-14
Toyota Center
January 25th, 2010, 8:30 PM EST
Sports South, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Aaron Brooks
PG Mike Bibby
Shane Battier SG Joe Johnson
Trevor Ariza SF Marvin Williams
Lois Scola PF Josh Smith
Chuck Hayes C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: None

Rockets injury Report: Tracy McGrady is in the doghouse. Yao is hurt.

Blogging With the Enemy: The Dream Shake

Predicted bane of the Hawks' existence: Chuck Hayes and Scola rebounding their faces off.

Keys to the game:

Maybe it is the fact that the Texas triangal road trip is now the Texas line. Maybe it is the fact that the Hawks just showed last game, they can have their way with a great defensive team (although I think Houston just masks as a good defensive team). Or maybe it is that Trevor Ariza takes horrible, horrible shots. I don't know, but I feel good going into this game.

So expect 38 from Ariza, the Hawks to heave jump shots, and score 73 points. This is a tough game. Texas is a tough state to play in, and this is a tough team. It is going to be a fight, but I still kind of feel like Goliath going into the battle. DAMN YOU BIBLICAL HISTORY!

Keys to the game:

1. Limit the Rockets to one shot.

2. Mimic their team mentality.

Go Hawks!