We start in 5...Weems returns for Toronto and will come off the bench.
Ok Let's DO THIS Shall we? Hawks are not just wearing red they are red hot winners of 9 of their last 10. The Raptors get MONEY WEEMS back and are coming off a win....ok it was against the Kings but it is a win.
Raptors are 8-10 at the ACC this year and the Hawks catch a break thanks to Mother Nature as this was suppose to be a back to back for them against a rested Raptor team but thanks to weather there game last night never happened.
Mike Bibby as I made note of in my preview in the Dino Nation Blog is a Raptor Killer. Kings, Grizzlies or Hawks he has always played well vs Toronto.
This is the 2nd game of a 3 game homestand for Toronto that concludes Friday with a match-up with the Pistons. I am in the house for that one but tonight I am here with all you fine folks.
Feel free to add your 2 cents before this one tips off at the ACC.
Hawks and Raptors have met once this season and the Raptors were crushed 96-78 on their home floor as they are tonight.
Atlanta sits 3rd in the Southeast Division but 5th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Joe Johnson has been hot of late....29...29..28 and 24 points in his last 4 games.
He might actually remember his last visit to the ACC as well where fans chanted at him that he was OVERPAID in reference to his big fat contract he signed in the off-season to remain with Atlanta.
I am not a fan of all these silly weeks either...PLAY BALL.
Won't be easy as the Hawks have been a team that they way they are constructed have give the Raptors trouble over the years.
For the Raptors it has been Demar DeRozan after a 37 point career high has been tearing it up in terms of scoring averaging 24 a night in the last 6.
Tonight might not be the night for that. But we can always hope.
Raps need to play good defence. Hawks when they shoot 50% or better are 12-2.
Tip time in the T-Dot is almost here so if you got any pre-game thoughts the time is now.
It does look a little empty at the ACC on HUMP Night Wednesday.
Not ideal weather in Toronto yesterday maybe fans choosing to watch from their warm homes.
Amir Johnson back in the starting line-up he has been dealing with a bad back as well playing through pain.
Calderon, Derozan, Kleiza and Bargnani round out Raps starting 5.
Hawks there normal starting 5 all accounted for.
Hawks have a winning road mark at 12-9...Raps are 8-10 at the ACC.
Tip Time in the T-Dot.....IS HERE!!!!
Hawks win the opening tip.
Joe Johnson a leaner misses it and Bargs the rebound.
Bargs misses badly on a jumper.
Hawks are 9-3 since the return of Joe Johnson.
Atlanta score on the offensive glass and opening the scoring.
Kleiza an ugly miss on a runner in the lane.
Good D from Bargnani and DeRozan drives and finds an open Kleiza for an easy 2.
tied at 2 in the early going at the ACC.
Both teams shooting 1/4 to start.
Josh Smith missed the first one but makes the second....Bargnani answers on the other end and were tied at 4.