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Open Thread: Regular Season Game 52 vs. Atlanta Hawks


The Essentials:
Wizards (11-40) vs. Hawks (29-21)
7 p.m.
Philips Center

This year:
November 15: Hawks 91, Wizards 87
November 29: Hawks 102, Wizards 98

Notable Hawks numbers this season:
13th in expected winning percentage (.551)
21st in pace factor (90.2 possessions per game)
10th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (109.2)
15th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (107.6)

Key Links: (drop any others in the comments)
Peachtree Hoops
Hawks BasketBlog
Sekou Smith
Game Day Atlanta
The Other Side: Hawks

Tonight's Starters
Wizards vs. Hawks
Player filling in for injured starter
PG Mike Bibby/Acie Law
Tough Juice
SG Joe Johnson
Player filling in for injured starter SF Josh Smith
The Last Man Standing
PF Marvin Williams
Player filling in for injured starter C Al Horford

No time for a long preview tonight, but that's probably not a bad thing since it would just be more words revolving around one point: I don't think the Wizards are going to win tonight. They had a nice win on Sunday against the Pacers and I get the feeling that will translate into a letdown game tonight at the hands of a very good Hawks squad. It also doesn't help that the team is fully aware that they're only two days away from a little vacation time.

Of course, now that I've put this on the internet to be seen by everyone, the Wizards will probably come out with their best performance of the season. If so, score one for reverse psychology.

While you're keeping score, keep an eye out on Antawn Jamison tonight. If he records a double-double, that will be the 250th of his career. Not bad.

This is an open thread, so if you spot a mascot driving down the road tonight, tell us about it here.