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Preview and Game Thread #67: Atlanta Hawks @ Toronto Raptors

Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game #67

@ Toronto_raptors_medium

Air Canada Centre
March 17th, 2010, 7:30 PM
SportsSouth, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mike Bibby
PG Jarret Jack
Joe Johnson SG DeMar DeRozan
Marvin Williams
SF Hedo Turkoglu
Josh Smith PF Chris Bosh
Al Horford C Andrea Bargnani

Hawks Injury Report: Joe Johnson is out.

Raptors Injury Report: None.

Blogging With the Enemy: Raptors HQ

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Jarret Jack

Game Preview:

If you wanted to know if the Hawks have Toronoto's number, a win tonight would prove it. The Raptors are in a sort of not really "must win" after losing their last five and nine of their last ten. Joe Johnson is out. The Hawks are on the road, the second of back to back. The team is starting Zaza at point guard away from making the odds completely stacked. Our boys bring home a win tonight, and you can safely start rooting for a first round with the Raptors.

Of note, and it is neither my idea nor a new idea nor an entirely thought out idea, but is it odd to anyone else that Bosh automatically is part of the 2010 max contract club? His stats are incredible. He is surely not the problem for the Raptors, but don't you want a max contract guy to be more than not the problem, but an actual problem solver? Anyway, I apologize in advance for Bosh's 40 point, 20 rebound game tonight.

Keys to the game:

  1. Hawks front court exceeds their averages in rebounding and points. Raptors front court falls short of theirs.
  2. Raptors making three or less more three pointers than the Hawks.
  3. Marvin Williams is aggressive.

Go Hawks!