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OPEN THREAD: Warriors @ Hawks - In Whose Club?

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Warriors 36-22

Hawks (W-L): 24-33

Time: 4:00pm PST

TV: FSN Bay Area

Radio: KNBR 1050

When I think of Atlanta, I think of 3 things: Clubs, the song "Welcome to Atlanta" by Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris, and Usher. As you realize that I'm a byproduct of the MTV Generation (and I make no apologies for that), you might be asking, what the heck does this have to do with tonight's game?

Absolutely nothing! But the randomness that is me makes this preview all the more worthwhile. Despite the fact that many people out there are blowing this game off because these are two lower seed teams battling for playoff position, here are my top 3 reasons why this could potentially be as hot as Usher's new single:

Jump to find out:

1) Pushing to make the playoffs: Both teams are essentially in the same spot. Sitting at the very edge of the playoffs, these teams amusingly have completely opposite records. The Warriors have a 36 and 22 record, while the Hawks have a 24 and 33 record. If the Warriors were in the East they would be in forth, but I guess we’ve all heard that before. This game should be exciting because both teams will be playing hard knowing every single game counts from here on out.

2) Young and Exciting: I know I sound like a broken record but I get excited every time I watch our young guys play. Tonight we should see Monta dominate like he has lately with his high percentage shots and drives to the basket. We should also see the flourishing of Brandan Wright. In the past two games, he’s averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds with only 18 minutes of play. We are seeing the maturing process of this young star as he’s started both games while Beans is out nursing an injury.

Atlanta also has some high flying talent in Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Joe Johnson. I think this team is heavily underrated and will be a pretty darn good team in a couple of years. Both teams are run and gun so I expect a high scoring affair. And what’s not to love about that?

3) Great Quotes: ESPN reported:

"We're starting to realize we're playing for something," guard Stephen Jackson said after Sunday's 110-104 victory over Portland. "We want to get into these playoffs, and there's no question we're playing hard. We're just trying to get into position."

Geez thanks Stephen. I guess I didn’t really understand why I paid an exorbitant amount of money the past 3 months to watch you play. Next time I’ll ask the Warriors season ticket team to just sell me season tickets for the second half of the season now that we are on the same page.

No Predictions but YaoButta’s contest: Last game against the Hawks we lost on our home court! We better teach them a lesson this time. Tell me by how many points will we win tonight and the combined score of both teams.

Winners are tallied for end of season YaoButtaMing awards!