Preview of the Hawks vs. Thunder game on 12-19-12
The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at home at Philips Arena. This will be the second and final game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With a win to tonight, the Hawks would improve to 16-7 on the season, 2-0 in the regular season series with the Thunder, and 2-0 in their back-to-back set. A win would also give Coach Larry Drew his 100th victory as head coach of the Hawks. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Anthony Morrow (sore back) is listed as questionable, and Devin Harris (sore left foot) is listed as doubtful. It is a good sign that Stevenson is in the probable starters, because he can only play one night of back-to-backs, and he played last night due to Harris' injury. We might need him to defend Kevin Durant. I think the key to a W tonight for the Hawks is pressuring Russell Westbrook. He has a tendency to turn the ball over (fourth in the league among qualified point guards), so the more turnovers the Hawks can force, the more they can get out on the break. If the Hawks can force a lot of turnovers, I think they can get a W tonight at home.
Game Time: 7:30pm E.T.
Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone