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Preview and Game Thread #23: New Jersey Nets vs Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks 10-11 Season Game #23



6-15 14-8
Philips Arena
December 7, 2010, 7:00 PM
SportSouth, 99X FM, Pre and Post Game Show 680 The Fan, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Devin Harris PG Mike Bibby
Anthony Morrow SG Maurice Evans
Travis Outlaw SF Marvin Williams
Kris Humphries PF Josh Smith
Brook Lopez C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: Joe Johnson (elbow) is out

Nets Injury Report:

SB Nation Nets Blog: Nets Daily

Nets Preview:New Jersey comes into this game mired in a four game losing skid having most recently lost to the Celtics 100-75this past Sunday. Atlanta shouldn't sleep on the Nets however when one of their six victories on the season came at the hands of the Hawks. Brook Lopez was outstanding in that one and the Nets come in rested and Avery Johnson will have them ready to play tonight.

Keys to the Game:

Control Brook Lopez. Easier said than done but the Hawks allowed him to get off early and it set the tone for the rest of the game in that earlier meeting. Despite the Nets being rested and the Hawks having won an emotional game last night, this is not a game that Atlanta can afford to give away at home. The key will be summoning enough defensive energy to get off to a good start. The last meeting the Hawks trailed throughout before finally falling in overtime.