Ten Games To Watch – #10

Monday, September 14, 2009
By Micah Hart

I’m on vacation this week, but since the pre-sale is on, I thought I’d pre-load some content as we begin the lead-up to the start of training camp by counting down the “Ten Games To Watch” for 2009-10.

#10 Opening Night vs Indiana Pacers, Oct. 28, 2009

The opener seems like as good a place as any to start a list of games to look forward to this upcoming season. For only the third time this decade, the Hawks open at home* as they host Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers.

* I noted this before, but the Hawks open with two straight at home for the first time since 1998-99, when they started the year by beating Cleveland and New Jersey)

I like this match-up for the opener, because the Pacers play an up-tempo game that plays right into the Hawks’ strengths, as seen in last year’s meetings – a 3-1 series win for Atlanta in which they averaged 107.3 ppg. The crowd on opening night should be frenetic, and I think they’ll get a treat with an energetic performance from both teams.

Match-ups to watch: The biggest is definitely Joe Johnson vs Danny Granger. Granger is a very similar player to JJ – both are incredibly smooth on the court, and both can hurt you in a variety of ways inside and out. If Tyler Hansbrough is healthy enough, watching him bang down low against Al Horford will be a good one as well. Also, it’s the return to Atlanta for Solomon Jones, who signed with Indy as a free agent this summer after 3 years with the Hawks.

What do you think?

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5 Responses to “Ten Games To Watch – #10”

  1. Hawksgirl

    It’s gonna be a good opening game! Cant wait for it! Ima make sure I be there

  2. atownhawk23 aka MRS JOE .M. JOHNSON

    I can’t wait for the opening game too!!! But most of all I can’t wait for the season to arrive. I just love the ATL HAWKS!!!

    Joe just do you don’t listen to people that are telling you to not talk about your outside. We do care because you are AN ATLANTA HAWK. ALRIGHT.




  3. Mz. Hawkdafied/Hawks Number One Lady Fan/Hawkette

    Now the Hawks vs Pacers game interests me because of Solo. I was sad to hear that Solo was leaving the Hawks squad. But glad to hear that he would be getting more minutes playing for the Pacers. I hope Solo does his thing in his return back to the arena. But not so much so where it causes the Hawks to lose the game. I wanna see Mr.Improved Danny Granger in action, but I don’t want him to be hot. It’d be good to hear Niq say, “that was a heat check Bob”. Nope I don’t want Danny to be on fire. Cold is more like it.

    Homeopeners are always top on my list. Last year’s homeopener vs Philly was fun. All the Hawks flags waving in the air was beautiful. Better than the thundersticks actually. One of my thundersticks always bust. But my flag is still intact. The first home game should be crunk can’t miss that.

  4. Mz. Hawkdafied/Hawks Number One Lady Fan/Hawkette

    Oh yeah I wanna see Pysho T in action too. Hope he’s healthy. Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Joe Smith, Josh Smith should welcome him into the NBA properly. Show him why they call the arena the Highlight Factory. Posterize him. Make him wish he had stayed at UNC. :-)

  5. Hawksgirl

    Lol. Danny vs jj is gonna be good! Cant wait.