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Preview and Game Thread #16: Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks 10-11 Season Game #16



5-8 8-7
Phillips Arena
November 25, 2010, 8:00 PM
TNT, 99X FM, Pre and Post Game Show 680 The Fan, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
John Wall PG Mike Bibby
Gilbert Arenas SG Joe Johnson
Al Thornton SF Marvin Williams
Andre Blatche PF Josh Smith
JaVale McGee C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: Pape Sy (back) is out

Wizards Injury Report: Yi Jianlian is questionable

SB Nation Wizards Blog: Bullets Forever

Game Preview:

John Wall returned from injury to score 25 points off the bench to lead the Wizards over the 76ers on Tuesday. This is the second meeting of the year between the Hawks and the Wizards. The Hawks defeated the Wizards 99-95 in their home opener earlier this season. Much has changed for this Hawks team since starting the season with a six game winning streak. The Hawks have only won two of their past nine games and their record is now 8-7.

Keys to the Game

Getting off to a good start is paramount. The Hawks got down early against New Jersey and then spent the entire night playing catch up. They looked like a tight team that was pressing, perhaps second guessing everything that they did against the Nets. That is not a recipe for a winning club. The usual things like rebounding and limiting turnovers go here as well but mostly the Hawks need a solid team defensive effort in this one.