Preview: Clippers at Hawks

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John Collins (NBAE via Getty Images Hawks.com)

The Hawks tip off a much needed holiday home-stand Wednesday Night against the Clippers. 

Preview: LAC (5-11) @ ATL (3-14) 11/22/17 7:30 PM Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA. 

Despite sporting the worst record in the NBA, the Hawks are no pushover. There has only been about two or three games in which Atlanta was not in position to win in at some point in the 4th quarter.

Despite the lack of talent, the team fights and competes on a nightly basis. Monday night was no different. The Hawks have not won in San Antonio since before Tim Duncan was drafted. The last win there was in 1997. Despite a cold shooting night from Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore the Hawks erased a 14 point second quarter deficit and managed to hang around until late in the 4th quarter. John Collins led the way with 21 points and 9 rebounds while Taurean Prince chipped in 19.

The Clippers have a much revamped roster this season. The most noticeable departure being CP3. After a blazing 4-1 start, there was talk that maybe CP3 was holding Blake and DJ back. But since, the Clippers have lost 10 out of 11 including 9 in a row.

Key Matchup

The Big Men

Obviously, the Clippers biggest strength is their four-five pairing of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The Hawks will be shorthanded with Babbitt and Muscala missing the game due to injuries. Collins and Dedmon will need to avoid getting in to foul trouble at all costs, which both have struggled with at times this season.

Injury Report

Hawks

Luke Babbitt – Out

Mike Muscala – Out

Isaiah Taylor – Out

Clippers

Danilo Gallinari – Out

 

 

3 Keys to the Game

1. Contain the Clippers on the Boards

DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are a force to be reckoned with on the boards. Collins and Dedmon will have tall task and will also need to avoid foul trouble.

2. Don’t Fall Behind

The Clippers have lost nine straight, they will be desperate for a win. The last thing the Hawks can afford to do is let the Clippers get ahead and gain confidence. Despite the losing streak, LA is still a very talented team.

3. Hit Open Shots

For the majority of the season the Hawks have managed to hit three’s and jump shots at a high rate. When jump shots aren’t falling at a high rate, the rest of the offense grinds to a halt.

 

Projected Starters

Hawks

Guard – Dennis Schroder

Guard – Kent Bazemore

Forward – Taurean Prince

Forward – John Collins

Center – Dewayne Dedmon

Clippers

Guard – Pat Beverley

Guard – Austin Rivers

Forward – Sam Dekker

Forward – Blake Griffin

Center – DeAndre Jordan

Game Info

Tip Off: 7:30 PM ET

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Next 3 Games

Nov. 24 vs Knicks

Nov. 25 vs Raptors

Nov. 30 vs Cavs

Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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