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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 PM EST

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The Brooklyn Nets enter Wednesday night with a two-game win streak in their back pocket - sure, yes, they won home games against the Pacers and Pistons, BUT, a win is a win.

Next up for Brooklyn is the Atlanta Hawks. Another team with championship aspirations who hasn’t necessarily gotten off to the star that they would have hoped for.

The Nets will be debuting their new “City Edition” jerseys tonight - an homage to their New Jersey roots.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (4-3) vs. Atlanta Hawks (4-3)


WHERE: ESPN (national), YES (local), WFAN-FM/AM (radio)

Game Preview.

Player to watch: Trae Young

Remember last winter when Steve Nash dinged Trae for some of his foul drawing tactics as “not basketball?” That’s small potatoes comparatively speaking as the league office has its eyes zeroed in on Young and the fouls he’s drawn. His free throw attempted per game have been chopped in half this season as compared to last so it looks like it’s working. Look for Young to start getting those calls again if he continues to get to the basket at the clip he’s been at so far (50 percent of his shots have been within 10 feet of the basket and he’s third in drives per game). Even with all the chatter about fouls and the like, he’s still averaging 22 points and 10 assists a night so the man is doing something right. Young got to the foul line a season high 11 times on Monday, so he’s back on track.

The other guy the league office has been eying is James Harden. As friend of the site Nekias Duncan mentioned, Harden has to make a few adjustments to get back to the line like we’re accustomed to. But in what appears to be a sign of great things to come, Harden has looked like himself the past two games and picked up his first triple double of the season on Sunday. Harden looks like he has his bounce back and when he’s coming downhill, he puts an inordinate amount of pressure on opposing defenses. If you help too much, he’ll find Joe Harris and Patty Mills open for three. Think you can play him straight up, and he’s going right through you. If he keeps playing well, the Nets offense will return to the unstoppable form we got used to last season.

For more on the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops.