The Atlanta Hawks hope to continue their solid defensive effort from the first two games of the season in which they have held opponents to just 35 percent shooting in the two games. Atlanta defeated the New Jersey Nets by 36 points on Tuesday and opened their home schedule with an 18 point win over the Washington Wizards Wednesday night. New Jersey comes calling for a rematch on Friday.
Despite a two-game winning streak in which they were dominant throughout, Atlanta isn't mentioned among the contenders in the Eastern Conference. Hawks coach Larry Drew is fine with his team flying under the radar but hopes that if his team keeps performing that they will begin to gain notice.
"We're hoping we can become a team that's mentioned with some of the other teams,"
Game date/time: Friday, December 30, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 680 The Fan, NBA.com Audio League Pass
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband