HIGHLIGHTS FROM JAN. 2 WIN IN MIAMI
Tonight the Hawks look to ride the momentum of a three-game winning streak as they take on the Southeast Division leading Miami Heat. Atlanta defeated Miami earlier this season on the road, but the Heat returned the favor twice at the Highlight Factory.
>> Hawks - Al Horford (pectoral muscle) and Jason Collins (elbow) are both out. Joe Johnson (knee) and Willie Green (back) are both day-to-day. Tracy McGrady (knee/rest) is not on the official injury report at the moment, but could be questionable for tonight as he has been given a rest when the team plays two nights in a row previously this season.
>> Heat - The official injury report has not been released after Miami defeated the Nets last night at home, but Dwyane Wade was forced to leave the game after rolling an ankle and could be questionable.
Keys to the Game:
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
It is well documented that when the Heat (LeBron and Wade) get out on the break they are pretty much unstoppable. Atlanta will need to do a good job of limiting turnovers and avoid taking bad shots that could lead to runouts.
One of the weaknesses that has been exposed about this Miami team is that they can be beaten on the boards at times. On the opposite side, most of the Hawks bad losses have been marked by a huge disparity in rebounding. Zaza, Josh, Marvin, Ivan and even the guards will need to make a concerted effort on the glass to gain an advantage in tonight's contest.
- Erick Dampier played 51 games for the Heat last season, starting 22 contests.
- Miami assistant coach David Fizdale was on the Hawks staff from 2004-2008.