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The Hawks will start a familiar lineup tonight for Game 5 at the Highlight Factory… at least it is familiar if you followed Atlanta for the first 12 days of the season. Coach Drew revealed at shootaround that he plans on using his opening night starting lineup of Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith and Al Horford.
Atlanta opened the season with nine games in 12 days (they were the only team in the league to have such a hectic early schedule) and used the “traditional” starting lineup for each contest. Then, Marvin Williams was injured in the game on January 7, and Al Horford suffered his more serious injury just a few days later, forcing LD to juggle his lineup ever since.
Tonight the crew is reunited. The five players that many Hawks fans would identify as the “core” of the team will all be on the floor when the ball goes up. After all, this is an elimination game. There is no tomorrow if Atlanta does not show up and put their best foot forward tonight.