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Preview and Game Thread #54: Atlanta Hawks @ Golden State Warriors

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Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #54

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34-19
15-39
ORACLE Arena
Feb. 21st, 2010, 8:00 PM
ESPN, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby PG Stephen Curry
Joe Johnson SG Monta Ellis
Marvin Williams SF Devean George
Josh Smith PF Vladimir Radmanovic
Al Horford C Andris Biedrins

Hawks Injury Report: Zaza Pachulia and Mike Bibby both could be described as "half dead" at this point.

Warriors Injury Report: Possibly everyone but the starting guards will not be playing tonight. Luckily for the Warriors they can and enjoy shooting.

Blogging With the Enemy: Golden State of Mind

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Monta Ellis's 18 shots that go in (not to be confused with the 25 that do not).

Game Preview:

A confession to begin. I love Stephen Curry with the fire of a thousand Zaza Pachulias. Not exaggerating. I went to Davidson and will root for number 30 for as long he plays. I hope he has a triple double tonight. And of course I can hope for this because Curry could put up such unbelievable stats and Golden State could still lose by 30.

They have countless players (when healthy) that can fill up an offensive box score like the opposing defense wants them to do it. The problem is that any notion of team is rarely seen so the multitude of threats is normally only seen through one guy a game. Oh, and they hate defense.

That being said, ORACLE will never be an easy place to play, and offensive threats don't always need to play as a team to work. Sometimes another player will score in bunches despite Monta Ellis' best efforts.

But that that being said, if Josh Smith is going to pull of a 5x5, it is going to be against the Warriors. He has two chances. Might as well do it on national tv.

In the end, the Hawks may go down 20 in this game. It shouldn't matter. Not giving up is all that matters. Making the extra pass should lead to easy buckets every time down the court and trying hard will more than likely allow for a second easy attempt if the first one misses.

Holy cow if we lose this game, the fire of a thousand Stephen Curry's might come out (and so yes, if you are keeping track that would be the fire of 1,000,000 Zaza's.)

Go Hawks!