Atlanta Hawks (46-25) Philadelphia 76ers (25-47)
Venue: Oracle Arena
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 790 The Zone
11/27/2009 – Hawks 100 76ers 86 – Recap
03/03/2010 – Hawks 112 76ers 93 – Recap
PG Mike Bibby
SG Joe Johnson
SF Marvin Williams
PF Josh Smith
C Al Horford
PG Jrue Holiday
SG Andre Iguodala
SF Jason Kapono
PF Elton Brand
C Samuel Dalembert
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So the Hawks beat the Magic? Life happened here and I didn’t get to watch the game and I wasn’t able to get a recap up either. But we are back now and better than ever and primed for the Sixers game tonight.
The Hawks come in having secured a playoff birth while the Sixers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Sixers did defeat a red hot Milwaukee club on Wednesday. The Sixers will be without Thaddeus Young due to a fractured thumb and Lou Williams is day to day with a sore back. No word yet on his availability for tonight’s game. Philly still has the usual suspects in Iguodala, Brand, and Dalembert but I will be taking a closer look at PG Jrue Holiday who has been playing some outstanding basketball since being inserted into the starting lineup.
What is left to say about the Hawks at this point? HawksStr8Talk reminds us that we are 46-25 on the season and offers an excellent perspective on the win over the Magic. It is important for the Hawks to finish off the regular season and the next game is tonight. Hopefully the team will still be riding that wave of emotion from the Josh Smith game winner and they can capture another road win tonight.
Key as always will be the Hawks defensive intensity and rebounding effort. Philly has a big front line but is nowhere near as athletic as the Hawks. Al Horford and Josh Smith will have to stay active to neutralize Dalembert’s size advantage. Offensively ball movement will remain key.
There was a great quote from Al Horford in a Ken Sugiura article yesterday on AJC.com concerning ball movement and the Hawks 4th quarter struggles on the offensive end:
Center Al Horford said the problem often has been ball movement.
“That really falls on the guys that are running our team,” he said. “The guards have the ball in their hands. They control the game, and that’s something they have to kind of realize.”
That is really a poignant statement. It is kind of pointing a finger but it is absolutely correct and kudos to Al for standing up and saying it. The ball is always in the hands of either Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford during the fourth quarter of games. The Hawks need those guys to make the right decisions. That is the point that Al is trying to make.