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How Many Games Do We Have to Play Against the Hawks This Year?

Apr 10, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT

These videos from the Philadelphia Police Department are never pleasant. Thankfully this one didn't end up in someone getting shot like they frequently do. Instead, an unruly and violent customer wearing a Dallas Cowboys jacket assaults a clerk at an establishment known as "Beer Heaven" on Columbus Blvd. in South Philly. The violent man tosses a bottle at the clerk before brandishing a gun and kicking him several times.
It may feel like the Sixers have played the Hawks 27 times in the last month, but actually it’s only been 23 times. Meeting #24 will come tonight, as the Sixers host the Traveling Highlight Factory tonight in their fifth-to-last game of the season.

As little as this game means for the Sixers–and boy howdy, does it not mean much of anything–it’s actually kind of important for Atlanta, since with the Bulls’ somewhat humiliating loss to the Raptors last night, the Hawks are now just a half-game out of the #5 seed, and a potential matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, a significantly less-formidable opponent (for a team that has at least one player who can rebound, anyway) than the third-seeded Indiana Pacers. Plus, last time the Hawks lost to the Sixers at home, Coach Larry Drew was piiiiiiiissed, and when that guy gets mad, he probably mopes extra-hard

7:00 tip from the WFC. Jrue’s 5-10 shooting outing against the Nets last night was enough to raise his field goal percentage all the way up to 26% in April, so with a 6-11 night (or something) tonight, he just might be on his way to Player of the Month honors! (As long as a re-invigorated Nick Young doesn’t beat him to the punch, anyway.)