The games against the Celtics, Cavs and Lakers get all the hype, but true basketball fans know its the up-and-coming talent thats the most fun to watch. And the Atlanta Hawks, true to their mascots abilities, are definitely on their way up, quietly perching near the top of the Eastern Conference since the beginning of the season. Led by guard Joe Johnson, one of the best scorers in the league, the Hawks also have a great frontcourt in second-year center Al Horford (member of the back-to-back NCAA champion Florida Gators) and stud Josh Smith, already a crafty veteran at age 24. Expect a fun, fast, and high powered game that could become a previous of playoff time. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. Call 786-777-1250 or visit miamiheat.com.
Mon., Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2010