Atlanta Hawks (39-21) Golden State Warriors (17-43) Game Preview

ATLANTA - MARCH 3: Joe Johnson(notes) #2 of the Atlanta Hawks puts up a shot against the Philadelphia 76ers on February 28, 2010 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Hawks close out a short home stand tonight against the Golden State Warriors before heading out tomorrow on a three game road trip. They will be looking for revenge against the Warriors tonight as they blew an 18 point lead in the last meeting. Since that game the Hawks have won five of their last six games with the only loss coming against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Warriors come into the game tonight a mess much like they have been the entire season. As of this writing it appears that Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, and Corey Maggette will all not play. With the Warriors not having a lot of size inside look for the Hawks to continue to pound the offensive and defensive glass in much the same way they have done in their last two games where they have held a sizable advantage.

Ultimately the Warriors are in worse shape than they were a few short weeks ago. A sufficiently motivated Hawks team should be able to control this game from the outset. Motivation should not be a problem considering how they blew the big lead against this team in the last match up. A victory is key tonight if for no other reason than a loss would send the Hawks blogosphere spinning off of its axis. In all seriousness I would like to see the Hawks grab control of this one early and rest the starters for the match up with Miami tomorrow whom we have not played well against lately.

I will also be watching the play of Marvin Williams tonight. Over his last two games Marvin is averaging just under 20 points and 9 rebounds a game. More important than the numbers is that Marvin remain aggressive and continue to attack the offensive glass and take the ball to the rim. The Hawks are clearly a more dangerous team with Marvin as a threat rather than having him playing passively.

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