Take Care of Business

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By Jon Newberry

PREVIEW FROM NBA.COM

Yes, the Golden State Warriors are 12-18 this season and 4-12 on the road.

Yes, the Hawks have won eight in a row at the Highlight Factory.

Yes, the Warriors only road wins in their last ten tries have come against the two worst teams in the West (Minnesota and Sacramento).

Don’t be fooled. This Warriors team is playing pretty good basketball right now. They have won three in a row, including a victory over a tough Portland team. Monta Ellis, recently named Western Conference Player of the Week, has been a regular on SportsCenter’s “Top Ten” lately, and Stephen Curry just made his return to the line-up after missing six games with a sprained ankle.

The Hawks will need to “take care of business” tonight and play with focus right from the start. They can’t get into a shootout with this Golden State team, and I am sure Larry Drew will be preaching defense the entire night.

Two stats to keep in mind:
– The Hawks are 9-2 when scoring over 100 points.
(Atlanta is averaging over 117 when hosting Golden State over the last five years)
– The Warriors are 1-12 when scoring less then 100 points.
(Atlanta has held opponents to 93 points or less the last six games)