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Preview and Game Thread #64: Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards (again)

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Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #64

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@ Washington_wizards_medium

40-23
21-40
Verizon Center
March 11th, 2010, 7:00 PM
Fox SportsSouth, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby
PG Randy Foye
Joe Johnson SG Mike Miller
Marvin Williams
SF Al Thornton
Josh Smith PF Andray Blatche
Al Horford C JaVale McGee

Hawks Injury Report: Mo Evans has the flu and did not travel with the team.

Wizards Injury Report: Josh Howard and the people with guns are out for the year.

Blogging With the Enemy: Bullets Forever

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: The trade with Dallas. No joke the only thing that used to stop Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee against the Hawks was the Washington starters.

Game Preview:

The Wizards have the same winning percentage as the Knicks. It is another road game where Josh Smith jump shots will not be met with boos and failure to put away teams will not cause nervous clamoring. It is another game where all five position players are not necessarily better than their opposing Hawks, but they could be with some poor defense, execution, and effort.

None of this would have been an issue naturally if the game had taken place when it was suppose to. No, not because Washington was worse pre-trades, but because I was suppose to be at this game. A few rows behind the Hawks bench, booing Josh Smith jump shots and nervously clamoring over effort. I could have guaranteed victory. Alas, it was not to be. So Bob Rathbun and Steve Holman, you boys need to pull double duty tonight.

Keys to the game

1. Don't get embarrassed two games in a row, which is another way of saying win. Also, Al Horford.

Go Hawks!