First Place On the Line

Saturday, January 9, 2010
By Jon Newberry

Tonight’s game at the Magic is not just another “statement” game to establish the Hawks as contenders in people’s minds around the league. A win tonight does more than change perception, it changes the facts. Sitting just one half game behind Orlando in the standings, Atlanta would jump into first place in the Southeast Divsion with a win tonight.

Similar to what the Hawks were experiencing just four days ago, the Magic have lost four straight games. While Atlanta responded well with a convincing win over New Jersey and a win over the Celtics, there are reasons to believe the Magic’s streak might not be over at four.

Atlanta’s streak including two games against the Cavs and a match-up with Miami at home, while Orlando’s has been against four teams below .500. On top of that, last night’s loss to the Wizards (who were playing without Gilbert Arenas) saw Vince Carter leave the game after a second quarter colision. His “sprained shoulder” could keep him out of tonight’s contest.

Here is a solid preview from an Orlando Blog: Howard the Dunk