Ten Games To Watch – #9

Tuesday, September 15, 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.

#9 at Golden State Warriors, Sun. Feb. 21, 2010

An uncertain offseason for Atlanta got off to a tremendous start on the morning of the 2009 NBA Draft when the Hawks traded Speedy Claxton and Acie Law to the Warriors in exchange for Jamal Crawford. Instantly, what had been two players making limited contributions (for a variety of reasons) to the squad became one with the potential to make a large one.

Slights, whether real or imagined, are a huge motivator in the NBA, and for most players, the chance to go up against your former team is a date you circle on the calendar. Hence, the meeting on Feb. 21 in Golden State (scheduled for a national TV audience on ESPN) should be an interesting one as I’m sure all three players will be out to show their former teams what they are missing. In addition, new Hawk Joe Smith makes his return to face the franchise that made him the #1 overall selection in the 1995 NBA draft.

Match-ups to watch: Anthony Randolph has been compared a bit to Josh Smith because of his youthful exuberance and freakish athleticism. Atlanta’s veteran backcourt duo of Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson will provide a sharp contrast to the Warriors’ young but talented Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.

What do you think?

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