OPEN THREAD: GAME #46 - WARRIORS @ HAWKS

Warriors (W-L): 21-24
Hawks (W-L): 16-27
Time: 4:00pm PST
TV: None
Radio: KNBR 1050

The Warriors are hurting on the road--literally and figuratively speaking.  Yesterday's embarassing loss was punctuated by injuries to key players, Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins.  Ellis left the game with a sprained ankle and is listed day-to-day while Biedrins has a toothache that is keeping him up all night.  As a result, they are both listed day to day.  As if that wasn't bad enough, the poor shooting (from beyond and within the arc) and ball handling (20 turnovers last night!) is painful to watch! It doesn't help that they are facing an athletic team on a back-to-back. Overall, they are 4-16 on the road this season.  Hopefully the honeymoon isn't over yet for these new-look Warriors.

Don't be fooled by the Hawk's record though.  With some athletic wings and sharp shooting (at least from Salim Stoudemire), look for the Hawks to keep pace with the Warriors if not possibly outrunning them.  Josh Smith, finally healthy, has had four straight double doubles and Joe Johnson can score any way he wants (25.1 ppg).  Dunleavy killer Tyrone Lue solidifies the bench, providing 13.1 ppg.  I haven't watched many Hawks games, but if a Lebron-less team can destroy the Warriors, I imagine that the Hawks might put up a fight more than we think.

Bay area sightings in ATL:

Former Warrior Speedy Claxton!  An(other) injury plagued season has slowed him down though and he is out for a few more games.  
Stanford Alum Josh Childress.  One of the better rebounding two guards in the league, Childress has been a steady and invaluable role player.  Can we say that about any other Stanford player to have ever played in the NBA?

Vegas Odds: Hawks by 1 (as of 9:06am PST)

Predictions:

  • Warriors by 1
  • Warriors play some shut down defense and keep Tyrone Lue to one take down
  • Shelden Williams has a breakout game and goes for 17 and 12 against the Warriors donut-like defense: empty middle.

Make sure to give us your predictions in the comments before tip off and post any comments you have during the game right here.

Update: Yahoo Boxscore

Update 2: Warriors lose another "close one" on the road 94-115.

Stay tuned for the recap...

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