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Hawks Pre-Season Schedule Kicks Off Thursday at Phillips

The Memphis Grizzlies will be in town Thursday night as the Atlanta Hawks tip off their 2010-11 Pre Season schedule. The pre-season schedule is made up of seven games. Three are home games that will be played at Phillips Arena, three more are road games, and one is a neutral site game that will be played at East Tennessee State University. The full schedule looks like this:

Thursday Oct 7  Memphis Grizzlies  7:00 PM

Monday Oct 11 @ Detroit Pistons 7:30 PM

Tuesday Oct 12 @ Washington Wizards 7:00 PM

Saturday Oct 16 @ New Orleans Hornets 8:30 PM @ Johnson City TN

Monday Oct 18 Orlando Magic 7:00 PM NBATV

Thursday Oct 21 Miami Heat 8:00 PM NBATV

Friday Oct 22 @Charlotte Bobcats 7:00 PM

That is a pretty good exhibition season schedule when you consider the star power of the Southeast division. The Grizzlies bring O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay as they will again this season try to take another step forward in a tough Western Conference. After the home opener, The Hawks will play three straight away from Phillips Arena starting first with a trip to Detroit to take on the Pistons. Both teams split the season series last season with the home team winning both contests. 

On October 12th the Hawks will travel to Washington and get their first look at Rookie John Wall and the new look Washington Wizards. They follow that game with the neutral site game in Tennessee against Chris Paul's New Orleans Hornets. The team then returns home to face off against the heavy weights of the Southeast Division with games against the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat. The Hawks will conclude their exhibition season with a road trip to Charlotte on Oct 22nd. They open the regular season on Wednesday October 27th in Memphis. 

From what I can find it appears that the Orlando and Miami games will be on NBATV. No word yet on which games will be carried live on the radio. 

Update* The best radio man in the business Steve Holman now tells me that the last three exhibition games will be on the radio. Remember games will be on 99X FM (97.9) this season as well as XM Radio and NBA Audio League Pass.