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Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks game thread

The Atlanta Hawks look to snap out of their recent funk Wednesday night when they take on the Brooklyn Nets in Joe Johnson's return to Atlanta.


2012/2013 NBA Regular Season
Friday, January 11, 2013
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
7:30 p.m. ET
SportSouth HD, 680 AM/93.7 FM
Probable Starters
Deron Williams PG Jeff Teague
Keith Bogans SG Devin Harris
Joe Johnson SF Kyle Korver
Reggie Evans PF Al Horford
Brook Lopez C Zaza Pachulia

Hawks injury report: Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson are both listed as questionable but are unlikely to play. Morrow is out with a back injury and Stevenson was to have his ailing knee examined by an Atlanta doctor. The Hawks sure could use Stevenson tonight against his former team. Atlanta is also without Josh Smith who is suspended.

Nets injury report: Gerald Wallace is listed a questionable but could possibly return to the lineup in time for tonight's game.

Hawks player to watch: Everybody

The Hawks are on edge after losing six of seven and flat lining against the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Larry Drew promised changes and Smith is now suspended. More changes could come to the lineup tonight. Its a long season and stretches like this happen to teams but it sure feels like the Hawks are getting closer and closer to a crossroads. How they react tonight without Smith and whether they are able to compete for four quarters will be the most telling sign.

Nets player to watch: Joe Johnson

Who else? Johnson returns to Atlanta for the first time since last season's offseason trade. No doubt he will be looking to show the Hawks and Atlanta that they made a mistake. To make things worse for the Hawks, Johnson is going to have a distinct size advantage over whoever Larry Drew decides to put on him defensively.