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Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets game thread

Josh Smith returns to the Atlanta Hawks lineup Friday night when they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets.


2012/2013 NBA Regular Season Game #39

Friday, January 18, 2013
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
7:30 p.m. ET
SportSouth HD, 680 AM/93.7 FM
Probable Starters
Jeff Teague PG Deron Williams
Devin Harris SG Joe Johnson
Kyle Korver SF Gerald Wallace
Josh Smith PF Reggie Evans
Al Horford C Brook Lopez

Hawks injury report: DeShawn Stevenson is out tonight and won't be available until Monday after receiving a cortisone injection in his right knee following the game on Wednesday. Anthony Morrow is listed as questionable with a back injury. His status will likely be updated shortly before game time.

Nets injury report: None to report

Hawks player to watch: Josh Smith

Josh Smith returns from a one-game suspension to face the Nets on Friday night. All eyes will be on Smith to see how he reintegrates himself to the team. When applied, Smith can add another element to the succeses that the Hawks enjoyed on Wednesday. However, any lackluster effort by Atlanta tonight will likely be linked to Smith fair or not.

Nets player to watch: Brook Lopez

Larry Drew will have a decision to make on his starting lineup and will likely have to choose between Zaza Pachulia, Kyle Korver or Devin Harris. Starting the big lineup with Pachulia at center to matchup with Lopez may be the best bet. Lopez scored 22 points in Wednesday's matchup and has been a key contributor for the Nets all season.