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Preview and Game Thread #18: Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors

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Atlanta Hawks 10-11 Season Game #18

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10-7 6-10
Air Canada Centre
November 28, 2010, 1:00 PM
SportSouth, 99X FM, Pre and Post Game Show 680 The Fan, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Jose Calderon
Joe Johnson SG Demar DeRozan
Marvin Williams SF Sonny Weems
Josh Smith PF Amir Johnson
Al Horford C Andrea Bargnani


Hawks Injury Report: Pape Sy (back) is out

Raptors Injury Report: Reggie Evans (foot), Peja Stojakovic (knee) are doubtful

SB Nation Raptors Blog: Raptors HQ

Game Preview:

The Hawks are riding a two game winning streak and looking for three in a row today in Toronto. Atlanta will be looking to carry over the high energy that they have exhibited in wins over Washington and New York. Story lines that we are currently following from the Hawks is the continuing struggles of Joe Johnson who was only 3-15 from the field in yesterday's victory over the Knicks. Also worth watching is the minutes of Jeff Teague who seems to have been dropped from the regular rotation.

Keys to the Game:

Simple keys to the game today. Defend and rebound. This Raptors team can score and will score if the Hawks don't make a concerted effort to defend. Toronto is expected to be without its leading rebounder and tough guy in Reggie Evans so the Hawks should be able to control the boards and that will be key as well. The Raptors aren't a strong defensive team and if the Hawks are willing to share the ball and defend then they should have an excellent chance of pulling out a victory today.