The Atlanta Hawks try to prevent starting 0-2 for the first time since the 2005-06 NBA season, when the Hawks finished 26-56. They match up with the three time reigning scoring champion Kevin Durant and his equally apt sidekick Russell Westbrook in Chesapeake Energy Arena. This comes two days after a defeat at the hands of the former teammate James Harden and the Houston Rockets. With Josh Smith ailing, look for an added emphasis on making Al Horford the center of the offense tonight.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
What?: NBA inter-conference showdown (Game # 2, Road game #1)
Where?: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)
When?: Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 7:00 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeShawn Stevenson | PF: Anthony Tolliver | C: Al Horford
PG: Russell Westbrook | SG: Thabo Sefolosha| SF: Kevin Durant| PF: Serge Ibaka| C: Kendrick Perkins
Injury/Inactive Players Report:
Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith (sprained right ankle), Johan Petro (lower back pain)
OKC Thunder: None
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold:
Records: Atlanta Hawks (0-1) … OKC Thunder (1-1)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: na … OKC Thunder–> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Lost 1
Away/Home Records: Atlanta is (0-0) on the road this season & OKC is (1-0) at home this season.
OKC Thunder: Hot. The Thunder put away the Portland Trailblazers Friday night at home 106-92. They were lead by Russell Westbrook’s 32 points on 13/24 shooting and Kevin Durant added 23 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists in 43 minutes of work.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks lost to the Rockets at home Friday 109-102 behind James Harden’s 45 point effort. The Hawks were outrebounded 58-36 and now fly to Oklahoma City without their best rebounder Josh Smith.
Season/Past Season Series Notes:
Atlanta visits Oklahoma City for the only time this year in the first-of-two contests with the Thunder … The teams meet at Philips Arena on 12/19 to close out the
season series … Atlanta took the only game between the clubs last year, a 97-90 home decision, but have dropped two straight games in Oklahoma City … The Hawks’
last road win in the series came on 11/9/08 (89-85) … Atlanta leads the all-time series 62-58 (23-35 on the road).
Last Matchup: (3/3/12) HAWKS 97, THUNDER 90 – PHILIPS ARENA – ATLANTA, GA
Despite a myriad of injuries (Jason Collins, Willie Green, Al Horford and Joe Johnson out and Tracy McGrady leaving the contest after two minutes), Atlanta posted a 97-90 win
over Oklahoma City at Philips Arena … Josh Smith led the way with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Zaza Pachulia tallied 10 points and 14 boards (nine offensive) … Jeff
Teague scored 16 points and Kirk Hinrich added 10 … Atlanta forced seven first quarter turnovers, which they converted into 10 points, on the way to a 27-24 edge after one …
The Hawks pushed the lead to 11 in the second quarter before settling for a 53-47 lead at the break … OKC battled back and took the lead late in the third but Atlanta reclaimed
the advantage (76-75) on Jannero Pargo’s triple at the third quarter horn … The Thunder tied it at 79 in the fourth but the Hawks went on an 8-0 spurt and led the rest of the way …
OKC cut it to one on a Kevin Durant triple but Smith answered with a three of his own and then made enough free throws to secure the win … Durant scored 35 points for the
Thunder and Russell Westbrook put in 25 … Atlanta had a 42-26 edge in points in the paint and forced the Thunder into 21 turnovers (leading to 22 points).
Johan Petro was originally drafted by Seattle (now Oklahoma City) in 2005 and spent three-plus years with the franchise … Hawks assistant Bob Weiss was head coach
of Seattle in 2005-06 … Kyle Korver and Eric Maynor were teammates in Utah for part of the 2009-10 season … Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks played for the Hawks in