Game Preview #44: Atlanta Hawks @ San Antonio Spurs

During the last week, there has been much discussion on PtR about what's wrong with the team and can it be fixed. No one has a real answer, except for We SuckTM. Even we believers in the mojo have no explanation. So when there is no logic or rational behind something, I did what every American sports fan does - I found someone to blame.


I did absolutely no research for this preview (other than that required to fill in the blanks) and haven't seen one Hawks' game this year, but it's not fair to LD to make him work while he's on vacation. Hack preview ahead.

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Atlanta Hawks @ San Antonio Spurs
Where: AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
When: January 27, 2010, 7:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: FSNSW (SA), SportSouth (Atlanta)

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How They Stack Up
17-9 Home 18-5
8-9 Road 11-9
101.0
Offense 102.9
96.1 Defense 98.1
47.7 FG% 46.8
37.8
3-pt% 35.8
73.5
FT% 76.5
42.4
Rebounds 41.7
13.3
TOs 11.7
4-6 Last 10 8-2
Lost 3
Streak Won 3
2nd, Southwest Position 1st, Southeast

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 10:30 PM
Mud Slides
5:30 PM
Philippines 9:30 AM
Central Europe 2:30 AM
Palestine/Egypt 3:30 AM
East Coast 8:30 PM
Rain and Cold
6:30 PM
Perth, AUS 9:30 AM
Tokyo, JP 10:30 AM
Sydney, AUS 11:30 AM

Spurs
(25-18)
Matchups

Hawks
(29-14)

Tony Parker
Jekyll and Hyde

Point Guard

I never know what to expect from Tony.

Advantage: Hawks


Mike Bibby
Point Guard

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Manu Ginobili
Buzz Cut - Meh

Shooting Guard

Manu has been up and down this year. I know Johnson is a former Sun, but he's been playing near or at All-Star levels since coming to the Hawks.

Advantage: Hawks


Joe Johnson
All-Star

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Richard Jefferson
Loved by All

Small Forward

At least Williams still has potential.

Advantage: Neither


Marcus Williams
Could have had Chris Paul

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Tim Duncan
No longer DPOY

Power Forward

Smith has learned to stop chucking 3s, while improving his rebounding and assists. But I still have to give the ATS white box to Timmeh.

Advantage: Spurs


Josh Smith
Slightly athletic

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DeJuan Blair
Rookie Calls

Center

I love Blair, but the refs hate him. Plus, Horford's stats are better.

Advantage: Hawks


Al Horford
Double Double Avg

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George Hill
Player

Bench & Role Players

Amazingly enough, Crawford has been playing well off the bench this season. However, the bench isn't very deep, so BAM should prevail. But I've said that before.

Advantage: Spurs


Jamal Crawford
Worthwhile

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Gregg Popovich
Bring back the Beard

Coach

This shouldn't be a tie, but the Spurs are behind schedule, and Woodson must be doing something right, considering how the Hawks are playing this season.

Advantage: Tied


Mike Woodson
May actually be a coach
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

The Spurs have lost 3 straight at home. The Hawks are over .500 on the road.

Advantage: Hawks

Mojo

I'm not sure it is possible to have less mojo than the Spurs right now. The Hawks have won 8 of their last 10 and have overtaken Orlando for the division lead.

Advantage: Hawks

Winner:

I have lost all faith. We lose.

Key To The Game

  • Not Play Crappy/Protect the Lead - I don't think I need to explain, but lately the Spurs have come out strong, building up a double digit lead in the 1st quarter, and then let it all slip away. And the multitudinous areas of concerns are interior defense, pick and roll defense, perimeter defense, and my personal favorite, FT%. Did I mention defense?

Strength of Schedule

This is the fourth game of the homestand, and they've all been losses. Yippee! It is after a day of rest, but I don't know that it matters.

The Hawks beat Houston on Monday, with this the 2nd stop of their foray to Tejas. They've won 3 straight. That must be nice.

Last Time They Met

We haven't played the Hawks yet this year, and I'm too tired to look up the last game. We probably won, back when we knew how to do that.

Some Other Reading

Hawks

Peachtree Hoops - The Hawks' SBN blog.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: Best damn TrueHoop affiliate out there. Always a must visit Spurs site.
Project Spurs: Features live chats, call-in shows and podcasts (in Spanish too), with lots of content.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired by FSNSW in San Antonio and by SportSouth in Atlanta. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.

Online

As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Most Spurs games will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". Or you can shoot an email asking for more assistance(with your PtR username) to poundingtherockmail@yahoo.com, and one of the admins can help you out.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.

Radio

If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).

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