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Indiana Pacers Vs. Atlanta Hawks Preview And Game Thread #26

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Atlanta Hawks 2011-2012 Regular Season Game #26

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17-7 16-9
Phillips Arena
February 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ET
SportsSouth, 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Jeff Teague
Paul George SG Joe Johnson
Danny Granger SF Marvin Williams
David West PF Josh Smith
Roy Hibbert C Zaza Pachulia

Hawks Injury report: Al Horford (torn pectoral) and Jason Collins (elbow) are out.

Pacers Injury report: Jeff Foster (back) and George Hill (ankle) are out

More SB Nation coverage: SB Nation Atlanta, SB Nation Indiana, Indy Cornrows

Preview:

Is this suddenly a rivalry? The 96-84 loss back January 11 was a physical game that turned borderline chippy at the end. The game was certainly taken seriously by the Pacers who have rocketed out of the gate to a 17-7 start so they should fully have the Hawks attention Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

Atlanta is searching for answers after a sudden three-game home losing streak in which they have fallen behind by at least 20 points in each game. With a tough February schedule ahead, the Hawks need to turn things around quickly or else risk undoing their great start to the season.

Indiana comes in having defeated the Utah Jazz 104-99 Tuesday night. Atlanta was off on Tuesday having suffered a 99-90 loss to Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns on Monday.