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Preview and Game Thread #32: Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat

Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Game #32



American Airlines Arena
Jan. 4th, 2010, 7:30 PM
NBATV/Sports South, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Mario Chalmers
Joe Johnson SG Dwyane Wade
Marvin Williams SF Quentin Richardson
Josh Smith PF Michael Beasley
Al Horford C Jermaine O'Neil

Hawks Injury Report: None.

Heat Injury Report: None.

Blogging With the Enemy: Penisula is Mightier

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: I have decided it is stupid to pick anyone but Dwyane Wade. In some way or another, it will always be him.


Both teams come in to the game riding the momentum of a three game losing streak. I can't decide if that desperation helps the visiting team or hurts them. Regardless, Wade does not match up well against the Hawks. he is bothered by their length and constant screen switching. Now that I have said that Wade will probably go for 40 and cry around point 22 and then scream, "this is my house" at point 34 and I will cry at point 39. But whatever.

If the Hawks keep Dwyane off the line, they should be in good shape. The Heat are 10-13 when Wade fails to score 30 points (HT Penisula). I take that just fine. Containing superstars with sub par supporting cast is all you usually need.

All that said, I am personally rooting for a game where we don't have more material to decipher Woody's late game coaching prowess. Give me a double digit new years victory. We will all pretend that Knicks game never happened. Well, except Nate Robinson. He won't forget.

Keys to the game:

  1. No easy baskets for Miami. If Beasely and Jermaine score 25 each on jumpers, hats off.
  2. Don't let Wade split the double team. It is not really a key to the whole game, I just hate it.
  3. Ball movement.
  4. A Jamal Crawford 50ish point game would be nice too.

Go Hawks!