ROTATION: Starters -- Point guard Mike Bibby, Shooting guard Joe Johnson, Small forward Marvin Williams, Power forward Josh Smith, Center Al Horford. Bench -- Guard Flip Murray, Guard Acie Law IV, Guard Mario West, Guard Mo Evans, Guard Speedy Claxton, Forward Thomas Gardner, Forward Othello Hunter, Forward Solomon Jones, Forward/center Zaza Pachulia, Center Randolph Morris.PLAYER NOTES:
--F Josh Smith had a monster night against the Bobcats, with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and five huge blocks, one with 8.9 seconds to play that kept Emeka Okafor from finishing what looked like an uncontested lay-up until Smith flew into the play. When Smith is a game-changer on the defensive end, the Hawks are nearly impossible to deal with at Philips Arena.
--C Al Horford played a strong defensive game against the Bobcats, who missed 22 of their final 26 shots. Six of the final 18 misses were blocked by either Josh Smith or Horford, who finished his night with 12 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
--G Mike Bibby deferred to others Wednesday night, finishing with 14 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the floor. Perhaps he's saving a little bit for Wednesday against the Celtics, a team he struggled against mightily in the playoffs and in the only other meeting between the teams this season.