Let’s all welcome Sacramento to town!
The Kings feature the league’s worst defense, allowing over 108 points per 100 possessions. Their roster never made sense from the beginning (a million power forwards, a million combo guards, not much else), and while their overall talent level isn’t disastrous, things don’t match up.
DeMarcus Cousins could pose serious issues up front as an offensively-skilled mauler, but if Al Horford and the Hawks can keep him out of the deep box he can be neutralized. This is also a good match-up (size-wise) on the perimeter for Atlanta, as the Kings deploy several small guards in a similar mold to the Harris/Teague/Jenkins trio.
This is a game you have to win, especially at home.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Sacramento Kings
What?: East vs West Showdown (Game #53, Home Game #28)
Where?: Philips Area (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 – 7:30 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: DeShawn Stevenson | SF: Josh Smith | PF: Al Horford | C: Zaza Pachulia
PG: Isaiah Thomas | SG: Tyreke Evans | SF: John Salmons | PF: Jason Thompson | C: DeMarcus Cousins
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams (torn right ACL) is out.
Sacramento Kings: None.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (29-23) … Sacramento Kings (19-36)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 2 / ROAD: Won 2 … Sacramento Kings –> OVERALL: Lost 3 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 6
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (17-10) at home … Kings are (5-23) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks won two straight before the All-Star break but dropped the first game back as the Miami Heat rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Atlanta 103-90 on Wednesday.
Sacramento Kings: Cold. It’s been 12 days since Sacramento has won a game. 28 days since their last road victory.
Season/Past Season Series
The Kings come to Philips Arena for the only time this year in the second-and-final showdown with the Hawks. Atlanta posted a 112-96 triumph on 11/16 in the first meeting. Kyle Korver (22), Lou Williams (21) and Al Horford (20 and 10 rebounds) all scored 20-plus points that night, while Jason Thompson put in 19 to pace Sacramento. The Hawks currently own a nine-game winning streak in the series, including five straight at Philips Arena. Sacramento’s last win in the series was a 119-107 home decision on 2/20/08, with the last win at Philips Arena coming on 3/3/06 (102-93). The Kings lead the all-time series 152-151, with Atlanta holding an 83-29 edge in home games.
LAST MEETING — HAWKS 112, KINGS 96 — SLEEP TRAIN ARENA — 11/16/12
Behind a 13-point first quarter from Jeff Teague, the Hawks jumped out to a 34-20 lead after one. The lead swelled to as many as 18 in the second, but the Kings came back to pull within two at the half behind a 36-24 second period (including 32 bench points). Atlanta re-established themselves in the third, outscoring Sacramento, 28-14, holding the Kings to .250 FGs (6-24). The Hawks maintained in the fourth quarter to post the 16-point win. For the first time this season, three Hawks scored 20-or-more, led by Kyle Korver (22 points on 7-9 FGs, 5-5 3FGs and 3-3 FTs), Lou Williams (21 off the bench) and Al Horford (20 points to go with 10 rebounds). Josh Smith added 19. Jason Thompson paced the Kings with 19 points and 10 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 16 boards to go with his nine points.
Larry Drew (1981-86) is a former King. Kings assistant GM Shareef Abdur-Rahim is a Marietta native (Wheeler HS), and played two-and-a-half seasons with the Hawks (2001-04). Kings assistant Alex English is a former Hawks assistant coach. Jeff Teague and James Johnson were college teammates at Wake Forest. Devin Harris and Johan Petro played with Travis Outlaw for the Nets in 2010-11. Kyle Korver and John Salmons were Philadelphia 76ers teammates from 2003-06, with Lou Williams part of that group as a rookie in 2005-06.
Information was used from the Hawks and Kings official gamenotes