ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan wrote yesterday that Dallas coach Rick Carlisle anticipates playing a Hawks team that will be motivated to win.
"There's a very good possibility that they [the Hawks] will be very motivated to play and win that game," Carlisle said. "Either way, we've got to go into it with the idea that it's an important game for us; how we compete, we want to win. The Hawks have had some injury issues. There's a chance they'll get [Al] Horford back for our game and so we're going to see a team out there that in all likelihood will be very motivated."So the Hawks will have no opportunity to rest before the start of the playoffs this weekend. On the positive side, should Al Horford decide to play in Thursday's game against the Mavericks, he will get a taste of meaningful basketball before the playoffs begin. Horford told Yahoo.com's Marc J. Spears that he will play against Dallas, although the AJC is reporting that the decision to play Horford has not been made.