Avoid the Trap Game

Friday, January 7, 2011
By Jon Newberry

There are many warning signs that point to a Hawks let down on Saturday night when the Pacers visit the Highlight Factory. To name a few…

The Hawks have many streaks on the line:
– 3 Game winning streak overall
– 9 Game home winning streak
– 8 Game winning streak against Indiana (dating back to Nov. 2008)
– 7 Game home winning streak against Indy (dating back to Dec. 2006)

The Hawks returned to Atlanta after 3am following their win in Utah on Wednesday night. The adjustment back to Eastern Standard Time after spending significant time on the West Coast can be tough on the mind and body.

The Hawks have to be feeling pretty good about themselves. A 3-1 road trip. A convincing road win over one of the the best teams in the Western Conference. Not to mention the fact that they have already beaten the Pacers twice this season (once without Joe).

Okay, now that we have gone over most of the red flags let me reverse direction and say that Larry Drew will have his Hawks focused and ready.

LD was clearly most concerned about the team being able to readjust to the time zone and get back in the routine of playing at home, but for the first time this year the schedule did the Hawks a favor. A two day break has given Atlanta time to adjust and recover. Plus, no one had to play extended minutes during the last two games of the road trip, meaning all of the key players should be well rested.

As for the possibility of being overconfident, I don’t think that will be an issue. Coach Drew has done a good job of making sure the team is always prepared and respects their opponent. The team’s record against inferior teams this season speaks for itself.


Marvin Williams did not practice today and the team has not released a definite timeline for his return. He did tell Coach Drew that he “felt good” and was moving around without pain, but back injuries can be tricky and require patience to heal.