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Atlanta Hawks Vs. Portland Trail Blazers Game Thread

The Atlanta Hawks continue their 4 game road trip tonight in Portland as they get their first look of the season against Damien Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.


2012/2013 NBA Regular Season Game #6, Road Game #3
Monday November 12, 2012
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
10:00 p.m. ET
SportSouth HD, 680 AM/93.7 FM
Probable Starters
Jeff Teague PG Damian Lillard
DeShawn Stevenson SG Wesley Matthews
Kyle Korver SF Nicolas Batum
Josh Smith PF LaMarcus Aldridge
Al Horford C J.J. Hickson

Hawks Injury Report: Josh Smith and Lou Williams are sick and their status for tonight's game is undetermined. Johan Petro's status (lower back pain) also remains questionable.

Trail Blazers Injury Report: Elliot Williams (torn left achilles tendon) will not play.

Hawks Player(s) to watch: Scoring 17 points off the bench and receiving a DNP-CD a game after was confusing for everyone. Anthony Morrow's role and minutes haven't been consistent so far early in the season, and how Larry Drew handles his minutes tonight will be something to look for. If Josh Smith is a no-go, Al Horford will have to be the Hawks' MVP tonight. Horford would have to carry a heavier load on offense and have the task to guard the Blazers' All-Star Power Forward, Lamarcus Aldridge.

Trail Blazers Player(s) to watch: Whether Josh Smith plays tonight or not, Lamarcus Aldridge will still be a player you have to spotlight. The All-Star Forward has the ability to post-up on the block and shoot the mid-range shot consistently. Damien Lillard's match-up against Jeff Teague will also be fun to watch. Lillard has faced many quick guards this season like Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Tony Parker, and has fared well against all of them. The 22 year old rookie is averaging 18.8 ppg and 7.0 apg in 38.7 mpg. He leads all rookies in all three categories.

Additional SB Nation Coverage: SB Nation Atlanta, Blazer's Edge