The Atlanta Hawks look to win their 10th straight game over the visiting Washington Wizards tonight. Last time these two teams squared off, Kyle Korver had to bail out the Hawks with a three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to give Atlanta a 101-100 victory, denying the Wizards their first win of the season. This time, however, Atlanta may not be so lucky — Korver’s inactive tonight.
Who?: Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks
What?: Southeast Divisional Showdown (Game # 16, Home Game #10)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Friday, December 7, 2012 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: A.J. Price | SG: Bradley Beal | SF: Chris Singleton | PF: Kevin Seraphin | C: Emeka Okafor
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: DeShawn Stevenson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
Injury/Inactive Players Report:
Washington Wizards: John Wall (left patella stress), Trevor Booker (strained right knee) and Trevor Ariza (strained left calf) are out.
Atlanta Hawks: Kyle Korver (back spasms) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold:
Records: Washington Wizards (2-13) … Atlanta Hawks (10-5)
Streak: Washington Wizards –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Lost 7 … Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Won 2
Away/Home Records: Wizards are (0-7) on the road … Hawks are (6-3) at home.
Washington Wizards: I don’t care that the Wizards are walking on cloud 9 because they are coming off a victory over the Miami Heat; Atlanta will bring Washington crashing back down to reality real quick. What’s cooler than being cool? ICE COLD! Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright, Alright!
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Hawks got back to their winning ways after knocking off the Denver Nuggets 108-104 Wednesday night, following a tough 113-111 home loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Atlanta has won their last 8-of-10 games overall.
Season/Past Season Series:
Atlanta hosts Washington for the second-and-final time in the second-of-four meetings between the clubs. The Hawks posted a 101-100 overtime win in Game 1 (11/21) behind Josh Smith (25 points/12 rebounds) and Al Horford’s (15 points/career-high 10 assists) double-doubles. Kevin Seraphin paced the Wizards with 21 points and 10 boards, while Trevor Ariza had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Atlanta visits the nation’s capital on 12/18 and 1/12 to finish the season series. The Hawks have a four-game winning streak against Washington and have taken nine straight at Philips Arena. Atlanta leads the all-time series 142-133 (90-42 at home).
LAST TIME OUT – HAWKS 101, WIZARDS 100 (OT) – PHILIPS ARENA – 11/21/12
Atlanta led by as many as 11 in the third quarter before an 11-2 Wizards run to close the period made it a two-point game heading to the fourth. Washington led 90-88 with the seconds ticking away but Devin Harris was fouled and hit the ensuing two free throws to send the game to overtime. The Wizards were up 100-98 with under 10 seconds to go when Kyle Korver drilled the game winning three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left, putting the Hawks up 101-100. Washington’s Kevin Seraphin missed off the inbounds play and Martell Webster’s put-back came after the buzzer as the Hawks escaped with the win. Josh Smith paced Atlanta with season-highs of 25 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks and Al Horford just missed his first career triple-double with 15 points, a career-best 10 assists and nine boards. Korver added 16 points, including a four-point play, Jeff Teague scored 14 and Devin Harris had 13. Seraphin (21 points/10 rebounds) and Trevor Ariza (12 points/15 boards) had double-doubles for the Wizards.
Larry Drew is a former Washington assistant coach (2000-03). Hawks scout Greg Ballard was drafted (fourth overall in 1977) and played eight years for Washington (1977-85). Wizards head coach Randy Wittman is a former Hawk (353 games played from 1983-88). DeShawn Stevenson played in Washington from 2006 through part of the 2009-10 season. Jordan Crawford saw action in 16 games for Atlanta in 2010-11. Hawks assistant Bob Weiss played for Washington in 1976-77. Stevenson and Trevor Ariza were teammates with the Magic in 2005-06. Anthony Morrow and Cartier Martin teamed-up with Golden State in 2009-10. Johan Petro and Nene played together in Denver for part of the 2008-09 season. Anthony Tolliver and Martell Webster have been teammates twice, with Portland in 2009-10 and Minnesota 2010-12.