The Atlanta Hawks look to move in to a two-way tie for 1st place in the Southeast Divisional with a victory over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats this evening.
Sharp-shooter Kyle Korver returns to Atlanta’s starting lineup after missing five games due to back spasms. Korver suited up yesterday for the Hawks but only played a sparingly 23 minutes in Wednesday’s 86-80 win over Orlando. That was to be expected though as head coach Larry Drew said before yesterday’s matchup that Korver would get at least 20 minutes of action.
This is Atlanta’s fourth set of back-to-back games this season, so far they have a perfect 3-0 record on the second night of play (3-1 on the first).
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Bobcats
What?: Southeast Divisional Showdown (Game # 20, Home Game #11)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeShawn Stevenson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Kemba Walker | SG: Jeffery Taylor | SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | PF: Byron Mullens | C: Bismack Biyombo
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: None.
Charlotte Bobcats: Tyrus Thomas (left calf strain) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (13-6) … Charlotte Bobcats (7-14)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Won 1 … Charlotte Bobcats –> OVERALL: Lost 9 / HOME: Lost 7 / ROAD: Lost 3
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (7-3) at home … Bobcats are (2-5) on the road
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Hawks have won 10-of-12 game overall dating back to Nov. 16 and currently sit in 3rd place of the overall Eastern Conference standings.
Charlotte Bobcats: Cold. Charlotte has lost seven straight games overall and have yet to beat Atlanta this season (0-2).
Season/Past Season Series
Charlotte comes to Philips Arena for second-and-final time this year in third-of-four games with the Hawks. Atlanta has taken the first two contests, a 101-91 road win on 11/23 and a 94-91 home decision on 11/28. Al Horford has two double-doubles, and is averaging 21.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in two games against the Bobcats this season, while Ramon Sessions is scoring at a 20.0 points per game clip against Atlanta. The teams finish the season series on 1/23 in Charlotte. The Hawks have a six-game win streak against the Bobcats, including three straight at Philips Arena. Charlotte’s last win against the Hawks was a 96-85 home triumph on 4/13/11, while their last victory at Philips Arena came on 2/12/11 (88-86). Atlanta leads the all-time series 18-16 (12-5 at home).
LAST MATCHUP — HAWKS 101, BOBCATS 91 (CHARLOTTE, NC) — 11/23/12
The Hawks won their fourth straight game with a 101-91 decision at Charlotte. Al Horford led the way with a season-highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while tying his careerbest with 13 FGM (13-17). Jeff Teague also had a double-double with 13 points and season-high 12 assists, while Kyle Korver scored 16 (4-6 3FGs) and Josh Smith 10. Five Bobcats scored in double-figures led by Ramon Sessions with 22 off the bench. Atlanta shot .538 from the field for the night and hit 11-22 3FGs, helping them overcome 22 turnovers. The Hawks also recorded a season-best 15 blocked shots, with Lou Williams and Devin Harris tying career-highs with three apiece, and Horford (three) and Korver (two) tying season-highs. Atlanta had 50-38 edge in points in the paint and a 24-14 advantage in fastbreak points.
Zaza Pachulia was a Bobcat for one day, as they selected him in the 2004 expansion draft on 6/22/04, then traded him to Milwaukee the next day. Bobcats assistant coach Brian Winters is a former Hawks assistant. Devin Harris and DeSagana Diop were teammates with Dallas from 2005-08 before being traded to New Jersey together in 2008. DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood were teammates with Washington from 2006-10 before being to dealt to Dallas in 2010, where they played together through 2011. Rookies John Jenkins and Jeff Taylor were college teammates at Vanderbilt. Anthony Morrow, Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Williams all played for Golden State in 2009-10.