Who?: Atlanta Hawks (4-3) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (2-4)
When?: January 6th, 2012; 7:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Where?: Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)
How?: TNT (TV) & 680 The Fan (93. 7 radio)
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Joe Johnson | C: Al Horford | PF: Josh Smith | SF: Marvin Williams
PG: D.J. Augustin | SG: Gerald Henderson | C: Boris Diaw | PF: DJ White | SF: Derrick Brown
Atlanta: Kirk Hinrich (left shoulder surgery), and Tracy McGrady (sore knee) are out.
Charlotte: Corey Maggette (hamstring strain), Eduardo Najera (torn cartilage in left knee), and Reggie Williams (torn meniscus in left knee) are out. Tyrus Thomas (ankle) is probable.
Records: The Atlanta Hawks are (4-3) and the Charlotte Bobcats are (2-4).
Streak: The Hawks are on a 2 game losing streak, and the Bobcats are on a 1 game winning streak.
Away/Home: The Hawks are (2-1) on the road, and the Bobcats are (1-2) at home.
Let’s hope the Atlanta Hawks have a short memory. The Hawks have no time to grieve about the embarrassing, national televised, loss against the Heat last night as the Hawks have to go to work right away and face a Charlotte Bobcats team who is coming off a pretty good win.
The Hawks should be able to win this one. I know they have tired legs and they could be facing chemistry problems right now, but let’s face it, this Charlotte Bobcats team aren’t exactly a top tier team. The Hawks actually even get a break as Corey Maggette won’ be playing tonight. There’s no reason why the Hawks shouldn’t bounce back from their loss yesterday with a win tonight, but then again….the Hawks were supposed to win last night too…
This will be the first of the four games between Charlotte and Atlanta. The two teams will square off again on Jan. 12 and April 4 in Atlanta and on April 7 in Charlotte.
3 Things To Watch For:
- Sense of urgency and energy level. After their embarrassing performance last night, it will be interesting to see if the Hawks will be looking to make a statement or if they’ll continue to play with no sense of urgency. The energy level SHOULD be at a high level if they want to make a statement, but that’s up in the air, since the starters are probably physically and emotionally exhausted from the triple overtime loss last night.
- Jeff Teague. After a pretty impressive start of the season for Teague, he has had two straight bad games. Can he get back to the level of play he showed earlier on in the season, or will he still struggle to get his offense and his teammate’s offense going? Teague has a good opportunity tonight to prove himself as his competition tonight aren’t exactly cake-walks (D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker).
- Free throws. The Hawks have missed 26 free throw attempts the past two games. They are 45-71 (63%) in the past two games. Simply, they just have to make free throws. I’m not sure if it’s a confidence thing or if it’s tired legs, but the missed free throws have been the difference in the two losses.