Atlanta improved to 2-0 Wednesday night defeating the Washington Wizards by 18 points in the home opener. Hawks coach Larry Drew was pleased after the game but said that his team didn't play with the same intensity that they had in the win over the Nets.
"There were parts of the game where we lacked defensive intensity," he said. "You've got to put teams away, especially a team like that. They never stop playing. I never felt we had a total grip of the game even when we were up 20. A team like Washington, you have to take away hope."
After a day off by the Hawks, Atlanta is once again catching the Nets in a back-to-back situation. New Jersey lost its second straight game Thursday night in Orlando 94-78.
Once again the focus of Friday's match up will center around Atlanta's Jeff Teague and New Jersey's Deron Williams. Teague scored 13 points and handed out three assists in just 24 minutes while helping Atlanta's defense harass Williams into a 10 point, one assist, six turnover night.