Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Atlanta Hawks Team Report – January 15

=== Atlanta Hawks Team Report – January 15 ===

(Sports Network) – The two worst teams in the Eastern Conference take the
court this evening in Atlanta, as the Hawks host the expansion Charlotte
Bobcats at Philips Arena.

Atlanta (6-27) currently sits in the cellar of the Southeast Division, 19
games behind first place Miami. Meanwhile, Charlotte (8-24) is just 2 1/2
contests ahead of the Hawks in the standings.

The Hawks, who are 0-6 within the Southeast Division this season, have lost
seven of eight, 12 of 13 and 13 of their last 16 games overall. Atlanta’s
struggles continued on Friday night in the form of a 106-94 loss in Boston to
the Celtics.

Former Celtic Antoine Walker had 21 points, a game-high 17 boards and eight
assists for the Hawks in the losing effort. Predrag Drobnjak scored 20 in the
loss, while Al Harrington added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Smith chipped
in 11 points and Jason Collier tacked on 10 in the defeat.

Atlanta hit only 40.4 percent from the field, including just 3-of-14 (.214)
from three-point range. The Hawks were particularly poor from the free throw
line, hitting just 15-of-29 attempts (.517).

The Hawks, who are beginning a short two-game homestand, are just 4-14 in the
friendly confines of Philips Arena this season. Atlanta has dropped seven of
its last nine home tilts.

Charlotte won the first-ever meeting between these teams, 107-92, at Charlotte
Arena on Nov. 27. Former Bobcat Eddie House led six Charlotte players in
double figures that night with 17 points off the bench. Okafor registered 15
points and 10 rebounds in the contest.