GAME 51: Atlanta Hawks (30-20) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (22-27)
March 27, 2012 - 8:00 pm - Bradley Center
TV: SportSouth | Radio: 680 the Fan
LINKS: Game Notes (pdf) | NBA.com Preview | Game_icon Photos from Last Meeting


Overview:
After a much needed day of rest, the Hawks look to pick back up with their winning ways as they look for their fifth straight victory tonight at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

A week ago the Bucks looked primed to make a run at the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but tough losses to teams just ahead of them in the standings (Celtics and Knicks) have them facing an unhill climb as they enter the home stretch. Milwaukee should be desparate for a win, which makes them a dangerous team tonight.

Injury Report:
>> Hawks - Al Horford (pectoral muscle) and Jannero Pargo (appendix) are both out. Vladimir Radmanovic (back) was available, but did not play on Sunday night against Utah and may still be working his way back to 100 percent.
>> Celtics - Kwame Brown (pectoral muscle) is out.

Keys to the Game:
JOE JOHNSON
Since returning to (close to) full strength after battling tendonitis in his knee earlier this month, Joe is averaging 24.5 ppg while shooting well above .500 from the field and from behind the arc. Joe has already hit 34 3-pointers this month after making only 15 from long range the entire month of February. Joe played 57 minutes in Sunday night's quad-overtime thriller, so Coach Drew will likely keep an eye on his minutes and his knee since the Hawks have two more sets of back-to-backs this week.

THE BENCH
Aside from Jannero Pargo, the Hawks should have their full roster of bench players available for tonight's cotest with the Bucks. If they are productive it will give Coach Drew a chance to ride them for longer periods of the game and keep the starters' minutes down. Willie Green, Radmanovic, and even Marvin Williams will be guys that could provide a huge lift for Atlanta.

QUICK HITS:
- Kirk Hinrich and Drew Gooden played together in college at Kansas and will be watching intently as their Jayhawks play in the Final Four this weekend in New Orleans.
- The Hawks defeated the Bucks in the first round of the 2010 playoffs when Jerry Stackhouse was on the Milwaukee roster.