TIP-OFF: 7pm (EST)
RADIO: Hawks Radio Network, Audio League Pass
CHAT: Daily Dime Live
GAME NOTES: Hawks/Bobcats
ATLANTA INJURY REPORT: None.
CHARLOTTE INJURY REPORT: Flip Murray (left shin injury) is listed as day-to-day.
FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY: Atlanta -2, 180 o/u
OTHER PERSPECTIVES: Queen City Hoops
PREVIOUSLY, THE CHARLOTTE BOBCATS...in their four games, have scored 59 points, 79 points twice, and 102 points in a 108 possession, double-overtime victory over the Knicks. They are last in the league in offensive efficiency, second in the league in defensive efficiency, and are averaging a league-low 86.4 possessions per 48 minutes.
So why am I excited about watching this game? First of all, the Bobcats offer a different puzzle than the Hawks have had to solve in any their first five games. Sacramento and Indiana offered little defensive resistance, Washington and Portland wish to play at slower pace because of their half-court offensive execution, and the Lakers are just really good.
Also, whereas I think Sacramento has a chance to be as historically bad defensively as Charlotte could be historically bad offensively, the Kings aren't capable of balancing their weakness with an almost equal strength. Charlotte is going to be a top 10, maybe a top 5 defensive team this year. They are going to win games depsite a breathaking inability to score points with any efficiency and even less frequency. This will be history we witness, one scoreless possession at a time.
Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.