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Preview and Game Thread #32: Atlanta Hawks vs New Orleans Hornets

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Atlanta Hawks 10-11 Season Game #32

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19-12 17-12
New Orleans Arena
December 26, 2010, 7:00 PM
SportSouth, 99X FM, Pre and Post Game Show 680 The Fan, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Chris Paul
Joe Johnson SG Marco Bellinelli
Marvin Williams SF Trevor Ariza
Josh Smith PF David West
Al Horford C Emeka Okafor


Hawks Injury Report: Jamal Crawford (back) is questionable

Hornets Injury Report:

SB Nation Hornets Blog:At the Hive

Game Preview:

The Hawks and Hornets prepare to kick off their post-Christmas schedule tonight in a match-up in New Orleans. Atlanta is riding a two game winning streak having most recently defeated the Magic and the Cavs. The Hornets last played on Thursday where they defeated the Nets. The Hornets have made news this season first by their red hot start to the season and lately due to the NBA assuming operation control over the franchise.

Keys to the Game:

It seems like it has been weeks since the Hawks last played a game. This should be a good match-up with controlling Chris Paul and David West getting top priority. I am interested in seeing the Johnson-Bellinelli match-up because the Hornets guard is an underrated defender. Atlanta must continue to do the things that make them successful, such as moving the ball and rebounding at both ends of the floor. The Hawks will need an even bigger contribution from Jeff Teague today who has strung together some good performances of late. Atlanta may need Teague's quickness to help contain Chris Paul. No word as of yet as to whether or not Jamal Crawford will be available to play today or not for the Hawks. No injury report on the Hornets yet, will update if I come across that info.