Hawks vs. Cavaliers Preview
The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight on the road. This will be the second game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 21-13 on the season, 3-0 in the regular season series with the Cavaliers, and 1-1 in their back-to-back set. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and Louis Williams in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) are listed as questionable. I think the key to a Hawks' win tonight is attacking the paint. The Hawks face a team again tonight without a member of their starting frontcourt (the league's leading rebounder Anderson Varejao this time). Last night, the Hawks failed to take advantage of the other team's hole inside, getting outscored in points in the paint. The Hawks have to look to score inside, either by guards slashing to the hole or bigs posting up. If there isn't anything inside once the ball is there, that probably means the defense collapsed, so they need to kick the ball back out to the open shooter. With Morrow possibly returning and with Jenkins playing well as of late, this could be a good strategy for Coach Larry Drew and the Hawks.
Game Time: 7pm E.T. TV: SPSO Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone