Pair of struggling teams meet at Philips Arena
(Sports Network) – Two teams trying to halt two-game skids square off tonight
at Philips Arena, as the Atlanta Hawks host the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors have lost six of their last seven games, including Sunday’s
103-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the target Center.
Jason Richardson led Golden State with 36 points, six rebounds and three
steals in the loss — the Warriors’ sixth in seven games. Golden State is 0-1
on its current five-game road swing.
Golden State has lost four straight and 10 of its last 11 games on the road
and is just 9-18 away from The Arena in Oakland this season.
The Hawks, meanwhile, have lost two in a row and seven of their last 11 games,
including Saturday’s close loss to the much more talented Miami Heat.
Joe Johnson had a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, who lost for the 10th
consecutive time against Miami and blew leads of 16 points and 10 points.
Atlanta was without reserve forward Josh Childress, who sat out with a swollen
left ankle. Childress, who is averaging just under 10 points per game,
sprained his ankle in a loss to Sacramento the night before.
Johnson, meanwhile, has been great in his first season with the Hawks and
leads the team with 19.8 points and 6.5 assists per game. Johnson is averaging
20.8 points over his last five games for one of the league’s youngest teams.
Johnson was recently invited to compete for a spot on the 2006 World
Championships and 2008 Olympic team for the United States.
The Hawks are 1-3 in their last four games at Philips Arena and will open a
brief two-game homestand Tuesday versus the Warriors.
Golden State leads the season series 1-0 after posting a 122-97 triumph in the
season opener on November 2 in Oakland. Richardson had 28 points in the rout.
The Warriors have won seven in a row against the Hawks and three straight in
Atlanta. Golden State hasn’t lost to the Hawks since a 121-96 setback on March
11, 2002 in Georgia.