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Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks Game Thread

The Atlanta Hawks play seven of their next eight games at home starting with Monday's matchup with the Orlando Magic.


2012/2013 NBA Regular Season Game #4, Home Game #9
Friday, November 09, 2012
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
7:30 p.m. ET
SportSouth HD, NBA TV, 680 AM/93.7 FM
Probable Starters
Jameer Nelson PG Jeff Teague
Arron Afflalo SG Kyle Korver
DeQuan Jones SF Josh Smith
Glen Davis PF Al Horford
Nikola Vucevic C Zaza Pachulia

Hawks injury report: None reported although DeShawn Stevenson was inactive in the win over the Kings.

Magic injury report: J.J. Redick is questionable for tonight's game with an illness. Al Harrington (knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (hand) are out.

Hawks player(s) to watch: Larry Drew's rotations have been heavily scrutinized at times this season and last time out Jeff Teague played just 19 minutes despite shooting 7-10 and finishing with 15 points. Drew opted to go with Lou Williams at the point down the stretch against the Kings. Williams responded with 21 points and five assists but Drew's reluctance to pair Williams with Teague in the backcourt is an either-or situation for Atlanta at crunch time. So we will be watching to see if Williams and Teague appear in the same backcourt against the Magic and if not who will Drew go with down the stretch?

Magic player(s) to watch: Jameer Nelson has played in just three games this season and is shooting just 27 percent from the field. Atlanta has seen Nelson has had some solid games in the past against the Hawks and Atlanta needs to avoid a breakout game from him tonight. The onus will be on Jeff Teague, Devin Harris and Lou Williams to attack Nelson and try to prevent him from establishing any sort of rhythm.