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ESPN's Hawks Dime preview

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The Hawks will have their problems this year, but not in the first quarter. Atlanta's starting unit can hang with just about anybody's, with the lack of a superstar being the lone thing separating them from the truly elite starting quintets.

Joe Johnson and Josh Smith are the two stars, with Johnson's smooth shooting and ballhandling a nice complement to Smith's open-court finishing but erratic half-court game. Johnson had made consecutive All-Star teams and should Smith overcome his weakness for 20-footers he'll join him, as few combine Smith's shot-blocking ability with a talent for taking opposing big men off the dribble.

Part of a rather expansive preview, complete with video and pics.

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Of course Hollinger has us at 13 because we lost our "third-best player" A.K.A. Josh Childress.

The entire board has the Celtics coming out of the East again. All of them.

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Dam it Swish you beat me by one minute...

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Great minds think alike jhay....what can I say.

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all the experts have us finishing between 7th to 13th!!!! 13th, are u kidding me???

I really hope all these "experts" come up dead wrong about our bench. Plus, we could add some vet players later in the year like the Celtics did last season with Cassell and P.J. Brown. I'm not sure who's out there but their's always a few waiting on a playoff calibur team to call.

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Last year the only guy that had us finishing in the top 8 was Hollinger with a couple votes lower than 13. Having a few 7-9 beats that.

They linked to an interesting site:

http://www.peachtreehoops.com/

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all the experts have us finishing between 7th to 13th!!!! 13th, are u kidding me???

I really hope all these "experts" come up dead wrong about our bench. Plus, we could add some vet players later in the year like the Celtics did last season with Cassell and P.J. Brown. I'm not sure who's out there but their's always a few waiting on a playoff calibur team to call.

Looking at it from an outsiders POV other teams had draft picks and made big moves while we lost Childress, had no draft picks and our FA signings weren't exactly headliners. Considering we won only 37 games last year their skepticism is understandable and doesn't bother me at all.

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Nice position to be in. Remember the "experts @ The Sporting News said that this year's Falcon team would have a record of 1-16 this season. (For you non football fans, the

Atlanta Falcons are currently 4-2 so far)

So, if no one expect the Hawks to do anything this season, that increases our chances

to "sneak up" on some unsuspecting opponents early.

Being a bad road team last season and opening with so many early road games, any

edge the Hawks can have will be needed. .500 record early woud seem great right

now, wouldn't it.

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Looking at it from an outsiders POV other teams had draft picks and made big moves while we lost Childress, had no draft picks and our FA signings weren't exactly headliners. Considering we won only 37 games last year their skepticism is understandable and doesn't bother me at all.

Great job keeping it in perspective, ex.

Besides, I pretty much agree with all the experts, except for John Hollinger. The team hasn't really done enough to improve. Sure, we added a couple of veterans on the bench, and Randolph Morris, but Mike Woodson is still the coach. We could miss the playoffs if this team gets complacent and rests on their laurels, rather than staying hungry. Plus, some other teams got better-like Miami, who really could challenge us this year if Wade is healthy.

I do expect to see a few things. I think Marvin Williams may step up his game a bit, and might have added a three point shot (he really just needed to extend his range by a step or two in many cases). And Acie Law has definitely added a jump shot and really we expect him to step it up in his second year. And if Bibby's knees are fine and his thumb is in good shape, having a chance to take camp with the team will help, and maybe his defense won't be so dreadful as it was (if his knees are fine, also). And obviously Horford is expected to take the next step as an offensive player.

So those are the kinds of improvements we can expect. I'm predicting a .500 finish and seventh place in the East, with the possibility of pulling a first round upset.

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lol @ the Sportsnation poll question. Item # 10.

"Who should take the last shot with 5 seconds left?"

Freaking-DUH! Might as well ask that in Laker-land.

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