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Preview and game thread #69: San Antonio Spurs @ Atlanta Hawks

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Atlanta Hawks 09-10 Season Game # 69

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41-26
44-24
Philips Arena
March 21st, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
ESPN/Fox SportsSouth, Hawks Radio Network, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
George Hill PG Mike Bibby
Manu Ginobili SG Joe Johnson
Richard Jefferson
SF Marvin Williams
Tim Duncan
PF Josh Smith
Antonio McDyess C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: None...back again!

Spurs Injury Report: I don't care how well the Spurs are playing without Tony Parker. I am always thankful to see him out.

Blogging With the Enemy: Pounding the Rock

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: Manu Ginobili

According to ESPN's depth chart for the Spurs, San Antonio does not have a third string point guard...or a second string point guard. There first string point guard is hurt. So Mike Bibby will not be hid on a shooting guard tonight. He will just play one. (In fairness, George Hill is a combo guard, but fairness does not make for a good blog.)

Keys to the game:

  1. Hawks front court exploit their quickness and athleticism advantage.
  2. I hate the idea of switching the bigs onto Manu. I also hate the idea of our guards defending Manu. Soooo, here is to hoping Joe Johnson comes in with his first goal being to contain Ginobili.
  3. Transition defense is the new permanent bane of the Hawks. Fix that.
  4. Mandatory reference to boxing out Dejuan Blair.

Go Hawks!